Atherton Tablelands, Cairns

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A fertile plateau situated well into the tropics, Atherton Tablelands is part of the Great Dividing Range. The focal point of the plateau is Lake Tinaroo, a popular tourist stop suitable for swimming, water sports, bushwalking, fishing, and camping. The area's elevated position gives it a temperate climate favorable to dairy farming. For a trip off the beaten track, join a popular food trail tour with guided visits to local plantations and farms. Regional produce includes locally grown and processed coffee, wine, cheese, chocolate, and seafood. The tablelands also contain several small remnants of the rainforest that once covered it, many of which are now protected in national parks. Using our international travel planner, Cairns attractions like Atherton Tablelands can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We took a day trip in our rental car to the tablelands with the mission of finding a platypus on the wild. We stopped for sightseeing at restaurant on the lake, a couple of waterfalls ( not impressive...  more »
  • We hired a car for the day and drive round the tablelands visiting the main Waterfalls. Thy were all so beautiful! Josephine falls offers a natural rock slide which is so much fun! Millaa millaa the m...  more »
  • This trip was an excursion where we visited three water falls (Milla, Milla Falls, Dinner Falls and Victoria Falls and several scenic areas. The Tablelands were not what I had expected at all. Much of...  more »

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