Wongabel State Forest

Atherton, Tablelands Area

This state forest protects a remnant of an endangered type of forest, known as mabi forest. Here, in 1903, red cedar seedlings were planted in the forest to replace mature trees which had been logged. Commercial plantations of hoop, kauri and Caribbean pine now grow beside native forest.

Two walking tracks, catering for the visually impaired, wind through this area. Enjoy a 750 metre return walk through the forest or take the longer 2.5 kilometre route. Both tracks have been designed with consideration for walkers who are vision impaired. Braille booklets and audio headsets are available from the visitor centre in Atherton. Both tracks are also wheelchair accessible, but assistance may be required for the longer walk. Signs tell of the history of the area, as well as forestry practices and local ecology. Look for Lumholtz's tree-kangaroos and possums while spotlighting at night.

Open Times

Public Holiday: Parts of the walking track are occasionally closed during the harvesting of adjacent plantations. ......


  • Car park
  • Walking Tracks

Other Information


There is access for guests with a disability. Wheelchair-assisted access is possible along both walking tracks. The two tracks have also been designed with consideration for walkers who are vision impaired.


Children are welcome.
Kennedy Highway
Atherton, Tablelands Area

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Atherton Holiday Park

Atherton, Tablelands Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$25.00 - 194.00
The Atherton Holiday Park is situated approximately four kilometres on the eastern side of Atherton on the highway towards Yungaburra and the entrance is in Mountainview Drive. There are great views over rich farming land to the Seven Sister mountains. The park is set on 5.1 acres of tropical gardens with 50 spacious powered sites and tent sites, disabled unit and ensuite sites, 15 tourist units - eight of them large luxury two bedroom. They have excellent television and mobile reception and are centrally located to all natural tourist attractions one and a quarter hours from Cairns.
From AU$180.00 - 720.00
The Summit Rainforest Retreat is located in the Cairns Highlands, also known as the Atherton Tablelands, in Far North Queensland, Australia. Located one hours drive south west from Cairns, nestled amongst ''Mabi'' rainforest and the Halloran's Hill Environmental Park. At 750 metres above sea level, it's a naturally air conditioned region of the Tropics. The Summit Rainforest Retreat is at the very peak of Halloran's Hill, Atherton's highest point. It is situated on the lip of an extinct volcano. The crater of this volcano has a dense Mabi Rainforest covering, this habitat is critically endangered and only 2 per cent remains on the Atherton Tablelands. Mabi, is the local indigenous word for the threatened Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo, they have had a number of sightings. Red legged pademelons, wallabies, bandicoots and possums are significantly easier to spot. John and Helen, (the owners), have planted 3000 mabi trees on the 2 Ha property, to extend this habitat. The huge deck of The Summit overlooks the Townships valley, it is a panoramic and breathtaking view. All this nature, but still only 1.7 kilometres from the main street of Atherton with all the facilities that it provides. Self drive itineraries are available at check-in.

Atherton Hallorans Leisure Park

Atherton, Tablelands Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$76.00 - 139.00
Atherton Halloran's Leisure Park is a quiet, peaceful and relaxing park set on 6.5 acres accommodating in villas, units, powered sites and camping on the base of Hallorans Hill, an extinct volcano on the edge of Atherton close to major attractions. Staff are friendly with a comprehensive knowledge of the area and they are happy to assist with your holiday. Saltwater pool, internet access, kiosk, tour bookings, barbecues and seniors card discounts are available.

BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park

Atherton, Tablelands Area
From AU$120.00 - 150.00
Eco Certified for Nature Based Tourism and winners of various local and regional business awards BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park is situated one and a half kilometres from the Atherton post office and is within easy driving distance of all the famous Tableland tourist attractions. The Park is also located within close proximity to the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park Featuring six acres of beautiful award winning gardens with a salt water pool, furnished Balinese Cabana and playground complete with a Mountain Bike service bay and wash area, BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park offers a variety of accommodation to suit all requirements, accommodating two to six people. You might like to try one of their eco certified, solar powered cabins. All accommodation styles have balconies overlooking the gardens and/or swimming pool. BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park is also pleased to offer free wireless internet access to guests travelling with their own laptop and an internet kiosk is also available. All guests receive discount vouchers for local shops and attractions. Come and make this peaceful and relaxing Park your home while you explore all that this wonderful region has to offer.

Atherton Tablelands Motor Inn-Motel

Tolga, Tablelands Area
From AU$90.00 - 155.00
Atherton Tablelands Motor Inn-Motel is a 10 unit owner/operated motel, which has just undergone renovation, and licensed restaurant which currently caters to Motel Guests only. Centrally located on the majestic Atherton Tablelands, a short four minute drive from the township of Atherton on the Kennedy Highway (Mareeba Road), guests can base themselves at the motel and easily travel to Cairns, The Daintree, Kuranda, Millaa Millaa and Tinaroo Falls, just to name a few. Most locations and tourist attractions are within a one hour drive, which provides ample time to simply enjoy the landscape on the way to your destination and return home at night to the peace and tranquillity of the country and a hearty meal. Alternatively, for guests staying a little longer or here to visit family and friends, the motel barbecue area is a popular place to catch up. Ask about their barbecue packs. Enjoy a hearty home style meal at the licensed restaurant or enjoy a drink down by their very own "100 year old" curtain fig tree. The family run and friendly atmosphere makes Atherton Tablelands Motor Inn-Motel a popular stop for both Tourists and Business People. The motel is also a WiFi Hotspot.
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