Atherton Tablelands, Cairns

4.7
#4 of 19 in Parks in Cairns
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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  • If you're already there, take a little detour to the Tablelands. We ended up there by chance and are overjoyed that it turned out that way. From Cairns we are to Kuranda, then to Barron Falls and on to Atherton, where we stayed. After that we are on to Millaa Millaa Falls. It was incredibly great and we would have liked to stay even longer.
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  • The Atherton Tablelands are located in the mountainous interior and are far larger than you might think. Unlike Cairns, it's a little cooler and less tropical here because of the altitude. The area is dominated by agriculture. Highlights include the Cathedral Fig Tree, Curtain Fig Tree, Mt. Hypipamee National Park and Waterfall Circuit. I advise at least one better to allow two days.
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