What to Pack: The Ultimate Travel Packing Guide for the Atherton Tablelands

Whether this is your first trip or you’re a seasoned globetrotter, it’s always helpful to have a rundown of the travel essentials you may want to pack for your impending holiday. So what are the necessary items for a holiday on the Atherton Tablelands? Is it too cold for the bikini, or too country for the Hawaiian shirt? What are some of the other important items?

✓ Hiking boots?

✓ Warm clothes?

✓ Bikini?

✓ Sunscreen?

✓ Hat?

The good news is, a visit to the Atherton Tablelands, doesn’t mean a wardrobe of winter woollies, even in winter! The tropical climate on the Atherton Tablelands is fairly temperate all year round with an average temperature of 20.6 degrees, so the amount you take with you, will really depend on how many activities you plan to do.

Here are some pointers to get you started:

*Bring your swimmers, there are lots of opportunities for a dip on the Atherton Tablelands (even in winter). From serene lakes to magic waterfalls to cooling creeks and rivers, it’s a paradise for those who like the water.

Image: @annegarnet at Mount Hypipamee Crater

*Some river shoes are a good idea as well if you or the kids like playing around in river pools and jumping over creek bounders.

*Sunscreen and a hat are musts, the days will be warm and sunny most of the year so you need protection. A good pair of sunnies are also essential – for that holiday vibe and shading your eyes.

*A beach towel and fast dry towel are other good ideas. A big beach towel can double as a picnic blanket and as you will be spending lots of time in the water, a fast-dry towel is invaluable plus they take up less room when you’re short of space in the case.

*Though the weather is good on the Atherton Tablelands  all year round, it is recommended to bring some warmer layers for the nights. It can get a tad chilly in (ahem) “winter” so be prepared with jersey and warm trousers. You may be in a bikini during the day but cosy into a jacket at night.

*Pack some hiking boots or decent sneakers if you want to so some walking/hiking during your stay. There are loads of trails in the area from rainforest paths to challenging tracks.

Image: @mitch.toft / Mount Bartle Frere

*Bring the binoculars – the bird and other animal life on the Atherton Tablelands  is extraordinary so be ready for your close up.

*If you like to fish, pack your gear – there are some superb barra to be caught in the area.

*Generally speaking, keep your clobber casual. T shirts, shorts and summer dresses are the uniform up here and while there is an abundance of great restaurants, you will never have to dress up…unless you want to put on your glad rags of course.