The accommodation available on the Atherton Tablelands is as unique and varied as the landscape itself and choosing wisely to suit your mood or interests can value add to any holiday experience. Choices range from charming B&Bs, historic pubs and houses, modern motels, luxury rainforest log cabins, rainforest canopy treehouses, Romany-style Gypsy wagon, train carriages, safari lodges, boutique-style cottages, farm stays, camping grounds by mountain streams, hostels and even authentic miner’s cottages further out on the old goldfields. When it comes to options, the Atherton Tablelands has it all. Whether you want privacy in a secluded rustic or luxury romantic hideaway, a self-catered or everything provided family friendly retreat with on-site activities, a town-centre base to lay your head, a rainforest escape or a lakeside or savannah experience there is a lot of choice. For many hosts, introducing guests to their particular patch and sharing local knowledge and appreciation of the environment, wildlife, social history and tips on great places to picnic or to eat out is part of what makes their lifestyle business choice so enjoyable. Many provide extras for their guests’ enjoyment, ranging from wildlife spotting, including platypus and tree kangaroos, bird watching, farm tours, hiking trails, guided walks around the garden and even gold panning in the creek when it has water in it. The range in elevation (which ensures cool nights), rainfall and soil types creates a diverse, beautiful scenic region with a wide range of landscapes and agricultural and horticultural industries – from tropical dairying to macadamia, coffee and fruit wine production.
Want to explore all that the Atherton Tablelands and beyond has to offer but prefer to sit back, relax and let someone else do the work? Choosing a guided tour can be a lot of fun and ensures you get the most out of your visit, learning a lot about local culture, art and history along the way. Tours also offer the chance to meet other like-minded travellers and of course the friendly locals.
TOURING Sweet Farm Tours,
in the picturesque Whyanbeel Valley just north of Mossman, offers a great experience on a working sugarcane farm and cocoa plantation. Learn how cocoa is grown in Tropical North Queensland and discover for yourself why its Daintree Estates Chocolate is becoming known as one of Australia’s best. Rainforest Heart, near Millaa Millaa, will also introduce you to new flavours with one of its Australian tropical bush food orchard tours.
FOOD TASTINGS Food Trail
Tours offers unique and exclusive food experiences that allow you to savour regional foods at their source and hear the stories behind the foods. Departing from Cairns daily, you will travel across the Atherton Tablelands where you will sample locally grown coffee, macadamias, cheese and more.
ATTRACTIONS No journey
would be complete without a visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. See the big crocs up close during feeding times as well as experience the wetland boat rides and wildlife presentations. Hartley’s is family friendly and offers a three-day return pass, giving you all the time you need to explore this attraction.
THE RUGGED OUTBACK Let
Billy Tea Safaris take you to the Chillagoe Caves and outback with stops at Mt Uncle Distillery and Mareeba Wetlands.
TRANSPORT Trans North offers three return trips weekly from Cairns to Karumba connecting at Undara, as well as six return services weekly from Cairns to Cooktown, including an inland service via Mareeba and Lakeland.