Short Walks

Want to really get out onto the Atherton Tablelands? Head out on foot for a diverse range of self- powered short walks. Here’s a couple of short excursions to start with:

Two quick walks that entice a long slow WOW out of visitors are strolls to the Curtain and Cathedral fig trees. They are both massive and they are both near Yungaburra.

Short Walks on the Atherton Tablelands - Curtain Fig Tree by therawphoto

Curtain Fig Tree – image by @therawphoto

  • The Curtain Fig is on the handily named Curtain Fig Road off Gillies Highway on the way to Atherton. It’s a 10 minute easy walk to the strangler fig tree and there’s a boardwalk round it.
  • The Cathedral Fig is off Danbulla Forest Drive – an extension of Boar Pocket Road. It’s about 15 minutes walk and easy going. Chance of spotting wildlife at both places are pretty good.


A shortish walk near Ravenshoe will reward you with views of the widest single drop falls in Australia. Big Millstream Falls are at the end of a 340 metre track and it takes about 10 minutes to get to the lookout. The falls are in eucalyptus woodland and there are side trails to discover the area’s rich World War II history. You can also walk to Little Millstream Falls down a steep track and be rewarded with a swim. Take Tully Falls Road and then Wooroora Road.

Short Walks on the Atherton Tablelands - Millstream FAlls by jodielbray

Millstream Falls – image by @jodielbray


Hallorans Hill in Atherton takes you through mixed eucalyptus and Mabi forest so plenty of shade. It’s tops for bird watching and has excellent views from the summit. This moderate walk of 3km will take about an hour and a half. Not for novices. The walk starts in Hallorans Hill Conservation Park, off Louise Street, Atherton.

Short Walks on the Atherton Tablelands - Hallorans Hill by anu_62

Hallorans Hill – image by @anu_62

Written by Tanya Snelling. Originally published 27th August 2018