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Atherton Tablelands

Tropical North Queensland is undeniably one of the most exciting and diverse regions to visit in Australia and the Atherton Tablelands sits at the very heart of it.

With its breathtaking waterfalls, scenic vistas at every turn, impressive lakes, lush rainforest and rugged outback, a visit to this region promises to be one of great contrast, beauty and  exploration.

People often ask what is the best thing about the Atherton Tablelands but if you have ever visited the region, you will have discovered there is more than one.

Visitors love to spend their days enjoying scenic country drives, leisurely boat cruises, wildlife spotting, experimenting with local food and unearthing the fascinating geological history.

Explore the gateways from the reef to the rainforest before you find yourself spoiled for choice in our stunning region.

Plan to stay at least five days, as there is so much to see and do.  Divide your time between the southern and northern regions on what will be an unforgettable self-drive journey, and see for yourself the changing landscape of our diverse region.

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Cosy BnBs For Your Next Country Escape

Allawah Retreat Its Indigenous name means stay here and rest a while and the advice is worth taking – from the spectacular views to the heated deck spa to the cosy fire to the luxury appointments, Allawah Retreat is special. The four lodge cottages are set in 60 hectares of paradise at Tolga, are fully self-contained and you can indulge …

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5 of our favourite Savannah Birds on the Atherton Tablelands

Brolgas and Sarus Cranes The Brolga and Sarus are Australia’s only two crane species. If you visit the Atherton Tablelands during the winter months, you’ll likely spot the statuesque grey Sarus Cranes, feeding in swamps and paddocks during daytime and flying in formation back to their favourite spots at sunset. The Brolga on the other hand is known for its …

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Nocturnal Wildlife Spotting on the Atherton Tablelands

It’s worth staying up late on the Atherton Tablelands with an abundance of wildlife coming out after the sun has set. Green Ringtail Possum These cute little fur balls are only found in North-East Queensland, occurring at altitudes over 300m. Despite its name and looking green, our friend here is actually a combination of yellow, black and grey hairs, combined …

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