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ATHERTON TABLELANDS
ATHERTON TABLELANDS
MILLA MILLA FALLS
MILLA MILLA FALLS
HOT AIR BALLOONING
HOT AIR BALLOONING
MILLSTREAM FALLS
MILLSTREAM FALLS
HAND FEEDING  BIRDWORLD KURNDA
HAND FEEDING BIRDWORLD KURNDA
HYPIPAMEE CRATER
HYPIPAMEE CRATER
KURANDA MARKETS
KURANDA MARKETS
CATHEDERAL FIG TREE NEAR LAKE TINAROO
CATHEDERAL FIG TREE NEAR LAKE TINAROO
RAINFOREST CABINS AT MOUNT QUINCAN
RAINFOREST CABINS AT MOUNT QUINCAN

Atherton Tablelands

Updated: 11-Jul-2013

Atherton Tablelands is a scenic one hour drive west from Cairns.  Choose between driving via Kuranda on the Kuranda Range which is the less winding range or, up the Gillies Highway.  

Situated between the Bellenden Ker Range and the Great Dividing Range, the Atherton Tablelands is regarded as the 'food bowl of the tropics'.  

At an altitude of 400 – 1100 metres it is a very unique and special place with much of the landscape shaped by volcanic activities.

The rural landscape of the Atherton Tableland is green throughout most of the year. Among the rolling hills dairy cattle and deer graze on green pastures and farms grow tea, coffee, nuts, corn, vegetables and flowers for local and export markets. Everything thrives on this cool tropical plateau where temperatures and humidity are generally lower, providing an ideal break away from the heat of the coast.

For visitors, the Tablelands present opportunities for bush walking, mountain biking, bird watching, wildlife cruises, marsupial spotting, hot air ballooning and water sports as diverse as fishing to waterskiing.

Winding roads lead to spectacular lookouts and waterfalls, and highlights include Australia's widest waterfall - Millstream Falls - and many others flowing all year round, the deep blue waters of extinct volcano crater lakes - Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham, and the Hypipamee National Park and crater near Herberton.

Among the World Heritage listed rainforests, national parks, mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls are some of Australia's richest agricultural lands and charming small townships. Classic old hotels, motels, guest houses, backpackers, farm stays, and caravan and camping parks provide the ideal base for exploring. Fine dining restaurants are plentiful, and weekend country markets are a fascinating treat with locals sharing their arts, crafts, music and festivities.

Atherton Tablelands towns are among the tidiest in Australia, the gardens a brilliant mix of tropical and cool climate trees and flowers.

Each town has its own special attractions:

Mareeba:
Coffee Works
Skybury coffee
Golden Pride Winery
De Brueys Boutique Winery
Mareeba Wetlands
Annual rodeo
Mareeba Drive-in Theatre

Tolga:
Tolga Woodworks/ Tolga Museum
Tinaroo Dam Spillway
Cathedral Fig Tree
Lake Euramoo
Mt Uncle Distillery

Atherton:
Crystal Caves
Chinese joss house & Museum
Steam train

Yungaburra:
Yungaburra Markets
Lake Eacham Hotel
Platypus Platform
Galleries and interesting stores
The Curtain Fig Tree
Heritage buildings

Millaa Millaa 'Village in the Mist'
Millaa Millaa Falls
Misty Mountain Trails
Mungalli Creek Dairy
The Waterfall Circuit

Malanda:
Malanda Falls
Nerada Tea Plantation
Malanda Dairy Centre
Majestic Theatre - Original old movie theatre

Herberton
Herberton Historic Village
Spy & Camera Museum
Mining Museum & Information Centre
Heritage & Walking Trails

Ravenshoe
Queensland's highest town
Windy hill wind farm
Historic steam train 'Capella' on Sunday

Innot Hot Springs
Hot Springs
Gem fossicking
Fishing
Bird Watching

Chillagoe
Superb limestone caves

The Tablelands area has well marked self-drive tours and rainforest hikes. Scenic roads lead to the tablelands from the coast and tours leave from the coast daily.

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