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Atherton Tablelands / Waterfalls

The Atherton Tableland is a fertile plateau which is part of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland, Australia. It is located inland from Cairns, well into the tropics, but its elevated position provides a climate suitable for dairy farming. The fertility of the soils in the region can be attributed to the volcanic origins of the land.

Atherton Tablelands is a high priority on many tourists lists. With many beautiful places to visit like the waterfalls circuit which includes the famous Millaa Millaa Falls. There are volcanic crater lakes such as Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham as well as pockets of tropical rainforest and Giant Fig trees. South of the Atherton Tablelands just past Innisfail, is Paronella Park. This is an enchanting place filled with lush tropical gardens, Spanish Castle Ruins and has a great historic love story to be told.

There is a variety of Atherton Tablelands tours on offer to suit every traveller. Whether you want to spend the day full of swimming and adventure, or if you prefer a more structured tour with more attractions and sightseeing, or maybe you want to focus on the local farms and food tasting, or whether you are a nature lover and want to spend the night exploring and animal spotting.

Northern Experience Eco Tours - Waterfalls, Rainforest and Paronella Park


Rates from: $150

Northern Experience Eco Tours is locally owned & operated since 1997 and is the "original tour" to Paronella Park. The tour is a  fun day  exploring the Atherton Tablelands including Lake Barrine, Millaa Millaa Falls, Giant Curtain Figtree, Mena Creek Falls, Babinda Boulders and Paronella Park.

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3 Day Package - Cape Tribulation + Atherton Tablelands + Barron Rafting (FF)


Rates from: $439

This 3 Day Cairns Adventure Group Package is great value for money.  You will get a full day guided tour to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation Rainforest, a full day guided tour to the Atherton Tablelands, a half day white water rafting tour on the Barron River and half day tou of river tubing.  During your 3 days you visit the oldest living rainforest, Mossman Gorge, the Barron Gorge and a variety of beautiful waterfalls.  This package is designed for the backpacker or budget traveller.

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Barefoot Tours


Rates from: $109

Leave Cairns on an adventure with Barefoot Tours through the Atherton Tablelands.  At Barefoot Tours we love fun and nature, and we can't wait to share the Rainforest and Waterfalls with you in an eco friendly and laid-back casual kinda way!

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Behana Canyoning


Rates from: $184

Known as the adventure tour of the Behana Gorge waterfalls, not for the faint hearted and requires a reasonable level of physical fitness. Behana Gorge is a 45 minute drive from Cairns, and is one of Cairns best kept secrets!  This tour includes nature walks, abseiling, waterfall swimming and leaping from high rocks into safe deep waters below.  Travelling with a maximum of 8 passengers - ensures a wonderful small group adventure!

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Billy Tea Safaris - Best Of The Cairns Tablelands


Rates from: $175

MARCH SPECIAL - $149 PER ADULT / $89 PER CHILD / $469 PER FAMILY

*Must travel before 31st March 2020.

The only tour offering this unique itinerary of the Atherton Tablelands. Fit a lot in at a relaxed pace whilst enjoying the fantastic ever changing scenery of the Tableland region. This tours includes Coffee Works in Mareeba, the Herberton Historical Village, platypus spotting at Tarzali Lakes, the giant Curtain Fig tree in Yungaburra and the beauiful Millaa Millaa waterfalls.

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Cairns Food Wine Tours


Rates from: $205

Enjoy a full day touring the magnificent Atherton Tablelands whilst tasting the best produce and visiting unique locations. Some of which no other tours visit. Benefit from your guides wealth of knowledge whilst sampling alcohol, cheese, chocolates, nuts and tropical fruits.

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Discovery Tours - Half Day 4WD Rainforest Tour


Rates from: $140

This is the only company who offer an easy 4WD Half Day Tour from Cairns.  You will stop at a giant fig tree with its own boardwalk, do a few creek crossings, enjoy tropical fruit tastings, see the amazing termite mounds, Kuranda, Barron Falls and you can swim at Davies Creek. All with a knowledgable Naturalist Guide who will remain with you to provide guided walks with informative commentary. 

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ER Cairns Motorcycle Hire and Tours


Rates from: $140

A local motorcycle company offering a large range options from chauffeured rides, self drive tours, trail bike hire & tours and straight Harley bike hire.

Riders and passengers must wear eye protection, enclosed shoes, long trousers and sunscreen.

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FNQ Nature Tours - 3 Day Birding Tour (Private Tour)


Rates from: $4620

This unqiue private guided 3 day accommodated tour is perfect for nature lovers, especially those whom have an interest in bird watching!  No other company offers this customised and comprehensive itinerary, that encompasses our entire local region from the ancient rainforests of the Daintree National Park,  through to the outback scenery of Julatten, Mitchel Rivers Headwaters and the lush highlands of the Atherton Tablelands.  Tour also includes lodge style accommodation and local birding experts.  Join the team at FNQ Nature Tours while we cover a vast variety of stunning birding hotspots in Far North Queensland.

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GTS Day/Night Tour Including Paronella Park


Rates from: $155

NOT OPERATING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Departing Cairns at 12.30pm-1.00pm and returning at 9.30pm this tour is unique and not offered by any other company. You will visit Josephine Falls, the Mamu Tropical Skywalk, Paronella Park, the Mena Creek Hotel, enjoy wallaby spotting and star gazing and more.

Please note this tour is not available on Mondays.

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Hot Air Cairns - Balloon Flights


Rates from: $250

SPECIAL: $249 PP (Includes 30 minute flight, Cairns hotel pick up, 5 star buffet breakfast at Baily's by Crystalbrook, free photos worth $35 and levy)

*Valid for travel until 30th April 2020

We are Australia's largest and most respected Balloon operator and our balloon tours depart Cairns daily!

If ballooning is something you've always wanted to do, then don't hesitate, Cairns has one of the best suited climates for ballooning and hot air balloon prices here are the best value in the southern hemisphere. See our spectacular balloon inflation display and some morning's there are so many colourful balloons; it's just like a balloon fiesta!

 

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Tablelands & Waterfalls Tour (CTC)


Rates from: $94

SPECIAL - $60PP

THIS TOUR IS ONLY OPERATING ON BELOW DATES:

5th March, 10th March, 17th March & 19th March 2020.

Cape Trib Connections operates this casual but fun filled tour to the Atherton Tablelands.  Suited to the backpacker and budget traveller who likes the focus of the day to be on natural sightseeing and visiting waterfalls and swimming holes for a very economic price.  Morning tea is included, but you will need to pack a lunch or bring some money to purchase food along the way.

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Uncle Brians - One Day Rainforest Waterfalls Tour


Rates from: $119

This day tour begins when your Uncle Brians guide takes you south along the Bruce Highway to visit the famous swim locations at Babinda Boulders and Josephine Falls. Travel further south and turning up the Palmerston Highway you will stop at the Millaa Millaa Falls Teahouse for great 2 course lunch. 

After lunch you travel on to the most photographed waterfalls in Queensland known as Millaa Millaa Falls. Guests just love to have their photos taken doing the famous 'hair flick' with falls as the back drop to the photo.

Last stop is Lake Eacham a gorgeous blue volcanic crater lake for your last swim of the day. 

 

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Undara Lava Tubes One Day Tour (AA)


Rates from: $790

Undara is an amazing must see location, the underground lava tube system spans over 160kms of the entire 615km property and were created 190,000 years ago. Yet due to the 4.5 hour drive each way many people do not have time to spare to self drive and stay a night or two. This private charter flight is the perfect solution.

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Wait-A-While Rainforest & Wildlife Night Tour


Rates from: $170

Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours offers small group rainforest and wildlife experiences within the Wet Tropics World Heritage area of Tropical North Queensland. Our wildlife tours visit restricted access mountain rainforest at night in the Atherton Tablelands, giving the best chance of seeing nocturnal animals in their natural environment.  This is the best tour for seeing native wildlife in its natural environment during the day and into the night.

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Waterfall Wanderers


Rates from: $119

SPECIAL - $95PP

Active Tropics Explorer operates this Waterfall Wanderers Tour.  Conducted in a laid back style this tour will suit the backpacker or budget traveller.  You will visit an array of swimming holes, waterfalls, pockets of rainforest and a volcanic crater lake.  We will also be providing morning/afternoon tea, lunch, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and fruit throughout the day, as well as heaps of music, games and puzzles to keep you entertained on the bus.

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Wilderness Eco Safaris - 4WD Rainforest Eco Safari


Rates from: $199

Experience North Queensland from a different perspective with this eco sensitive 4WD safari taking a maximum of 7 passengers.

Getting you away from the mass marketed areas to one of the north's last wilderness frontiers, where there are no "Touristy Crowds", no other vehicles and no sealed roads, just pristine "World Heritage Rainforest".

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Wooroonooran Safaris


Rates from: $219

Only 40 minutes south of Cairns is home to the largest wet tropics rainforest in Australia that is World Heritage Listed. This unique day tour visits regions where no other tours go, does a crocodile spotting tour that no other companies access, offers amazing bird watching and photographic opportunities and much more.

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