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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.

Cairns Food Wine Tours

Rates from: $235

This boutique food and wine experience from Cairns will be tasting some of the best food and wine that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. We will take you through a variety of contrasting landscapes, from lush rainforest to stunning ochre savannah plains.

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Cairns Hiking Experience (FNQ Nature Tours)

Rates from: $285

Experience a true guided hiking tour of Cairns hinterland.  Spend less time travelling in the vehicle and more time trekking.  Travel in a small group of like-minded people, you will enjoy this 10 kilometre hike which ends at Davies Creek for a swim! 

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Discovery Tours - Half Day 4WD Rainforest Tour

Rates from: $169

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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Taste of the Tablelands


Rates from: $285

Showcasing some of Atherton Tablelands' finest produce and farms to taste a select range of fine chocolates, cheeses, coffee, fruit, premium spirits and liqueurs. Hand feeding the rare Mareeba Unadorned Rock Wallabies, interacting with other wildlife. The scenic plateau of landscape, mountain ranges, waterfalls and unique volcanic crater lakes will open your mind to the diverse beauty in one region that you will experience in one day.

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Uncle Brians - Best of Both Worlds

Rates from: $399

Come and join us on the 'Best of Both Worlds" tour and visit the iconic Atherton Tablelands and Daintree National Park over two action packed days!

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Uncle Brians - One Day Rainforest Waterfalls Tour

Rates from: $149

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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Wait-A-While Rainforest & Wildlife Night Tour

Rates from: $220

Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours is a small group experience 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. This is the best tour for seeing native and nocturnal wildlife  in a natural environment.

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Waterfall Wanderers

Rates from: $149

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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Waterfall Wanderers Splash & Slide


Rates from: $129


Cairns Half Day Splash & Slide Waterfalls Tour. We think a holiday is just as much about resting and relaxing as it is about adventuring and exploring - that's why we have developed our new half day Waterfall Wanderers tour!


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Waterfalls, Rainforest and Paronella Park

Rates from: $195

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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