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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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Sun’s Out, Swimsuits On…

1. Lake Eacham It’s no surprise with its inviting, clear waters and ancient Mabi rainforest surrounds that Lake Eacham tops our list. Just a 10-minute drive from Yungaburra, this volcanic crater lake has it all – beauty, bliss, and barbecues. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the available barbecue facilities, then swim, kayak, paddleboard, or simply float around as you soak …

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Kuranda’s Whimsical Charm

1. Kuranda Scenic Railway Start your Kuranda adventure aboard the iconic Kuranda Scenic Railway. This historic railway journey winds its way through the World Heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park, offering breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls and towering peaks. It is a ride through history and nature that sets the tone for your Kuranda experience. 2. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway For …

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Atherton Tablelands Tripping: 4-Day Adventure

Day 1: Into the Rainforest Morning: Pack your sense of wonder and head out from Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands via the Gillies Highway. This winding 19-kilometre range road is a true marvel, ascending to an elevation of 800 meters and boasting 263 corners. Follow the speed limits, prioritise safety, and savour every moment of this picturesque journey, which typically …

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