If you love the outdoors, then the Atherton Tablelands offers some of the best and most diverse adventures that can be found. Experience the heights of hot air ballooning, sail the calm waters of Lake Tinaroo, fire up the jet ski for some heart pumping fun, snag a world record barramundi or take in some of the best scenery across the Tablelands on dedicated mountain bike trails.
Want to explore all that the Atherton Tablelands 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.
Offering waterfall, rainforest and savannah tours, Tablelands Tours and Transfers covers a lot of ground, highlighting some of the region’s top attractions on their small and personalised tours. They also offer transfers to the Atherton Tablelands.
HIKING With the option of summiting
Queensland’s two highest mountains – Mt Bartle Frere and Mt Bellenden Kerr from the Atherton Tablelands, the region has also become a draw card for hiking enthusiasts.
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.
MOUNTAIN BIKING Mountain biking is an
exhilarating way to experience the stunning beauty of the Tablelands and there is no doubt this region offers some of the best mountain bike and road cycling adventures. The Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park has world class dedicated mountain bike trails and is conveniently located just 3km from Atherton township. There are currently 60km of single track and endless fire trails. At Dinden State Forest Mareeba, the Davies Creek Mountain Bike Track has approximately 21km of fireroad and single track loops.
FOOD EXPERIENCES Food
Trail Tours offers unique and exclusive food experiences that will 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 Tablelands where you will sample locally grown coffee, macadamias, cheese and more.
Let Billy Tea Safaris take you to the Chillagoe Caves and outback with stops at Mt Uncle Distillery and Mareeba Wetlands.
HORSE RIDING There is an extensive
network of tracks suitable for horse riding, particularly on the Herberton Range. These tracks were first explored by the pioneers and were later used by miners and timber getters.