Atherton, Tablelands Area
The Atherton Tablelands is an uplifting destination of timeless villages, exotic tropical foods, country markets and diverse wildlife. A network of scenic drives through contrasting landscapes makes it easy to explore waterfalls and crater lakes or taste food and wine at its source.
Situated above Cairns, this naturally beautiful part of Tropical North Queensland offers cooler temperatures and diverse experiences. Whether your passion is fishing or water skiing, bush walking, bird watching or gourmet food, the Tablelands is the place for a variety of fun adventures.
Tropical food and wine is plentiful with self-drive trails highlighting the best the region has to offer. Pack a picnic and follow the waterfall circuit, stopping to swim in rainforest-clad lakes or marvel at rainforest giants like the majestic curtain fig.
Lake Tinaroo is the place to catch whopping barramundi or tasty redclaw crayfish, whiz behind a speed boat on skis or spend lazy days aboard a houseboat exploring the calm waterways.
Step back in time at a restored historical village, discover relics from World War 2, visit a restored Chinese temple, have a classic Aussie meal at a country pub or buy fresh produce at a farmer's market.
Platypus, tree kangaroos, wallabies and colourful finches are among the varied wildlife commonly seen, or spend some time at a bird hide to see how many of the area's 230 species you can identify.
Bed and breakfast accommodation is popular on the Atherton Tablelands with luxurious tree houses and family homes among the choices. There are also caravan parks, camping grounds, motels and farm-stays where you can interact with the animals.