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From Cairns: Atherton Tableland Wilderness Tour with Lunch

1. From Cairns: Atherton Tableland Wilderness Tour with Lunch

Embark on a full-day trip to Atherton Tableland from Cairns and admire the lush beauty of tropical North Queensland. Visit Wooroonooran National Park, swim in Lake Eacham, and enjoy lunch in a historic pub. Your 11-hour excursion begins with a drive to the Wooroonooran National Park. Stop for a swim at Josephine Falls, which features a huge natural rock slide. Travel across the volcanic landscape of the Atherton Tablelands. Marvel at the 18-meter-high Millaa Millaa Falls, framed by lush rainforest and tree ferns. Enjoy lunch at the Malanda Pub, before visiting Mount Hypipamee. Walk through the rainforest on easy pathways. See wildlife around Dinner Falls, including brush turkeys and Boyd’s forest dragon. Visit the giant curtain fig tree, and try your luck at platypus spotting in Yungaburra. Enjoy a last swim at Lake Eacham, before the trip back to Cairns.

Barron Gorge: Half-Day Barron River White-Water Rafting

2. Barron Gorge: Half-Day Barron River White-Water Rafting

Experience white-water rafting in Barron Gorge National Park, known for its rugged rainforest mountains, steep ravines, and the falls carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River. Enjoy complimentary transfers from Cairns or Port Douglas before heading to the national park. Meet your guide at Lake Placid, and get ready for your river rafting tour on the river. Enjoy the area’s scenic beauty and a combination of calm water and a series of white-water rapids as well. Spend two hours navigating rapids up to grade three. No experience is necessary, making this a good choice for beginning rafters. There is also plenty of excitement for the more experienced.

Paronella Park, Lake Barrine, and Milla Milla Falls Day Tour

3. Paronella Park, Lake Barrine, and Milla Milla Falls Day Tour

Departure from Cairns, we head south travelling past Walsh’s Pyramid, one of the largest naturally formed pyramids in the world. Here your guide will stop so you can grab a photo of this unique North Queensland landmark. Now it’s time to travel up the World Heritage listed Gillies Highway climbing 730 metres above sea level whilst enjoying the breathtaking views over the Goldsborough Valley. Just before the top of the amazing Gillies Range is a short photo opportunity at the Heales Lookout before heading into the gorgeous Atherton Tablelands. Our first stop is beautiful World Heritage Listed Lake Barrine Crater Lake National Park. On arrival, your tour guide will take you on a short walk to visit the 1000-year-old Twin Kauri Pines, true giants of the rainforest. Enjoy a Wonderful Devonshire Morning Tea, before we depart and head to the historical town of Yungaburra. This beautiful village is recognised as having the most Nationally Listed Heritage buildings in Queensland. Here your guide will take you on a driving tour around this quaint town showcasing the many Nationally Heritage buildings. Next stop is The Curtain Fig Tree located in the Curtain Fig Tree National Park. This amazing feat of nature reaching 45+ metres up into the tropical rainforest canopy. Here your guide will guide you around on the boardwalk interpreting the amazing formation of this 600-800-year old epiphyte while also looking out for endemic wildlife species in the rainforest canopy, like the rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. From here, we will head through the historical dairy town of Malanda, home to Australia’s oldest continuously running commercial picture theatre. Your guide will drive you around this charming town showcasing the beautiful old pub & theatre. Travelling through extensive beef, dairy, sugar cane & other diverse types of farming areas, we arrive at Millaa Millaa Falls – one of Australia’s most photographed waterfalls. Here you will have an option of swimming under the cool waters falling 20 metres over an ancient volcanic lava flow formed over 1 million years ago or you can sit back, relax & enjoy the tranquility of nature. Now it’s time to descend from the mountains down the Palmerstone Highway through sugar cane & banana fields to the coastal town of Innisfail, where we enjoy our delicious Lunch. Paronella Park is the next destination with a 45-minute guided tour in English, Chinese or Japanese. The tour will guide you through the extensive National Trust Gardens while learning the rich history of Hose Paronella’s wonderful achievements & his colourful history of how he built his Spanish Castle in the rainforest; you will have amazing photo opportunities of the breathtaking Mena Creek & Theresa falls & much more. We spend approx 2.5 hours here allowing plenty of free time to enjoy the rest of the park at a leisurely pace after the guided walk. We then make our way back to Cairns.

Cairns: Rainforest and Waterfalls Tour Atherton Tablelands

4. Cairns: Rainforest and Waterfalls Tour Atherton Tablelands

Venture into the wilderness of Queensland's far north on a tour that makes nature and the outdoors fun and accessible. See waterfalls, lookouts, lakes, and craters on this day-trip of the Atherton Tablelands from Cairns. Experience the unique endemic wildlife and natural beauty of the Atherton Tablelands. Visit places like Josephine Falls, Babinda Boulders, Millaa Millaa Falls, and Lake Eacham. Choose what destinations suit you best with a flexible itinerary that caters to your group's interests. Make a stop for a swim in a freshwater waterfall or natural water slide and take a break for some coffee or tea. Be sure to also check out the ancient fig tree that's hundreds of years old. Your knowledgeable guide will help you to learn more about the region as you explore the terrain.

From Cairns: Full-Day Birdwatching Excursion

5. From Cairns: Full-Day Birdwatching Excursion

This excursion offers visitors to North Queensland the opportunity to explore a private wetland reserve known for its highly-prized birdwatching experience. Encounter diverse habitats, stumble upon endemic wildlife and have a chance to spot up to 220 different species.  Begin your day with an early morning pickup and start exploring the wetland by 7:30 AM. Enjoy the morning tranquility as you walk around the lagoon in search of bush birds, ducks, geese, and many more species.  In the afternoon, stop for a picnic lunch and travel to the nearby Atherton Tableland to visit what is known as the oldest continually growing tropical rainforest in the world. Be stunned by the Tableland's beautiful landscape and continue your birdwatching excursion. 

From Sydney: 21-Day East Coast Tour to Cairns with Lodging

6. From Sydney: 21-Day East Coast Tour to Cairns with Lodging

Travel by private coach from Sydney to Cairns, so you can see more, do more and have the best experience the East Coast has to offer! There are lots of stops along the way for walks, waterfalls, quirky towns and to spot wildlife where it should be - in the wild. Stay in amazing boutique resorts, safari tents, hostels and eco-lodges. A variety of meals are included as well as some incredible activities such as a 3 day 4WD Safari on K'Gari (Fraser Island), 2 nights sailing in the Whitsunday Islands, local food and wine tastings, and an Aboriginal cultural experience where we give back to the local community.Y You’ll travel with a local guide (who will share their insider knowledge) and a bunch of like-minded travellers (who will become lifelong friends) and explore everything that Aussie has to offer in style!

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What people are saying about Atherton Tablelands

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 103 reviews

It is really difficult to find a decent trip but this one was truly a great experience! Very knowledgeable and friendly guide Sebastian will make sure you really make the most of this trip. He really made it special. We stopped at all the good palces and had enough time to explore and enjoy the nature. The lunch wasn't so great but I guess it's difficult to find something decent in rural area and I guess they just want you to have that experience in this very outback Pub, situated in 100 years old, timber building. So over all I will definitely recommend buying this trip.

We had such an awesome time out on the river with the raging thunder crew! Our guide Jackie was a legend, entertaining and informative and so good at tailoring our experience so that our whole group enjoy every aspect. We loved how many opportunities there were to jump in the water and cool off and how many laughs we had, at the expense of ourselves and some of the other boats. We were all first timers and will now seek out every opportunity to go down rapids again, so much fun!

So much fun. Would go again. Felt very safe for my partner who did it for the first time

Awesome guides, awesome rafting. Shout out to Dan for making it fun!

Just do it, you won’t be disappointed. Seriously best day trip ever