National Parks of the Atherton Tablelands
Serene waterfalls, towering trees and crater lakes dot the landscape of rolling green hills, along self-drive trails to charming country villages and magnificent national parks. Whether it is a scenic road journey, or a thrilling adventure, the national parks of the Atherton Tablelands offer magical experiences and memories to treasure.
MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURES
Test your mountain bike skills at Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park in the Herberton Range State Forest and Baldy Mountain Forest Reserve. Enjoy a fun-filled day of adventure on the Davies Creek Trail through Dinden Forest Reserve then relax in the creek at the popular Davies Creek National Park.
CRATER LAKES NATIONAL PARK Let the crystal-clear rainforest
fringed waters of Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham – extinct craters up to 65m deep – refresh you. Laze around the water’s edge with your picnic, then stroll around the lake, marvelling at the 1000-year old, 50m tall twin kauri trees at Lake Barrine, or spotting wildlife at Lake Eacham and engaging the kids in the interactive children’s walk.
OTHER PARKS NOT TO BE MISSED
Forget about everyday life as you explore one of the world’s most ancient rainforests in the intriguing Daintree National Park. At Mossman Gorge watch crystal clear waters cascading over granite boulders, then head up to the fabled Cape Tribulation, where rainforested mountains sweep down to meet long sandy beaches and fringing reef. In Barron Gorge National Park, stroll the elevated walkway through lush rainforest to Din Din Barron Falls Lookout—one of tropical North Queensland’s star attractions, especially during the summer months from January to March when the falls are often thundering. To the south, the rugged rainforested coastal range plunges down to the coastal lowlands, where, in Wooroonooran National Park, you will discover beautiful rainforest, wild rivers and waterfalls, high rainforest-clad peaks and steep gorges.
MALANDA FALLS REGIONAL PARK Immerse yourself in the culture
of the Ngadjon Traditional Owners as you soak up the natural harmony in this remnant rainforest, where the North Johnstone River tumbles over the basalt rock of ancient lava. If you are lucky you may glimpse a shy Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo hiding among the branches.
CURTAIN FIG NATIONAL PARK
Gaze in awe at this 500-year old, 50m tall wonder, a strangler fig with a ‘curtain’ of vertical roots that once embraced its long-gone host tree. Walk around the boardwalk to view the tree from every angle and get some fabulous artistic photographs of the root curtain.
Visit nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks for detailed park information.
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DANBULLA FOREST DRIVE Drive
around the shores of Lake Tinaroo and explore the many short walks on offer at Danbulla National Park and State Forest. Wander through rainforest and pine plantations, take photos of the impressive Cathedral Fig Tree and stroll along the circuit walk to Mobo Creek crater, a geological feature that perplexes geologists.