SAHARA SEABED COLLECTION Next to the Crystal
Caves, the adventuring Boissevains have created another attraction featuring some of the world’s oldest items. These fossils dating back more than 240 million years are found beneath ancient rocks under the Sahara desert, where sediment captured countless small animals such as the ancestors of the beautiful Nautilus shell and preserved them for all time. The Sahara Seabed Collection, which exclusively imports these homeware items and collectible fossils, gives collectors the opportunity to enjoy them today.
CHINATOWN Gold attracted Chinese settlers to North
Queensland in the late 1800s and when the gold ran out, many turned to timber cutting and market gardening. The remains of Atherton’s Chinatown are now an archaeological site featuring the community’s fully restored place of worship, the Hou Wang Temple. The Temple was the social and religious heart of Atherton’s Chinese community. Apart from the temple itself, there was also a community hall, kitchen and pig oven. People gathered here to worship, celebrate festivals and discuss community issues. The Temple is part of a complex featuring a Chinese museum with interactive displays of Atherton’s Chinese heritage and a prized collection of original artefacts and historic photographs of the once bustling precinct. During October, the Chinatown grounds host the food festival, Tastes of the Tablelands.
AGRICULTURE The soils of the Tablelands are suited
to horticulture and around the Atherton area they yield an amazing range of produce. Small to large farming enterprises produce lettuce, strawberries, macadamia nuts, bananas, beans, maize, corn, sugar cane and avocados. Sample these at roadside stalls and take away a memory of the taste of farm fresh produce.
ACCOMMODATION Atherton has always featured as a
service centre and a stopover point for travellers. Today, the Trans North transport service provides linkages between Atherton, Kuranda and Cairns all the way to Karumba via Undara. Visitors can enjoy comfortable accommodation at the Rainforest Motor Inn, Atherton Hinterland Motel, or holiday parks such as Halloran’s Leisure Park.
Rural Outlook, on the outskirts of town...
Atherton Holiday Park
Large ﬂat sites • Ensuite van sites • Pool • Country views 4km east of Atherton Post Ofﬁce - on the Gillies Hwy.
Units • Villas • Cottages • Caravan Sites
(07) 4091 1099 • www.athertonholidaypark.com