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Tablelands Australia

Mission Beach AccommodationThe Tablelands is a scenic one hour drive west from Cairnsand offers some excellent rainforest activities and a variety of accommodation options.

Stay in the historic Yungaburra village or escape to one of the rainforest cabins surrounded by crater lakes and waterfalls.

The Tablelands is a unique North Queensland destination well worth a visit. Call our local team for advice on your Tablelands Holiday
Local Office : 07 4040 2100, +61 7 4040 2100

Tablelands Accommodation & Tour Specials

Rose Gums - Wilderness Retreat
Allumbah Pocket Cottages - Yungaburra

About Tablelands

Welcome to the Atherton Tablelands!Atherton Tablelands

Situated one hour drive west from Cairns at an altitude of 400 – 1100 metres, the Atherton Tablelands is a treasure trove of natural wonders and gourmet delights. Shaped by volcanic activities, the diversity of this rural landscape is quite impressive, featuring lush mountains, green valleys, sparkling lakes and streams, spectacular waterfalls, endless plains, grassy savannahs and pockets of ancient World Heritage listed rainforest.Here the temperatures and humidity are generally lower, farming thrives and wildlife abounds. Among the rolling hills dairy cattle graze on green pastures and farms grow tea, coffee, nuts, corn, vegetables and flowers for local and export markets. Charming small townships come alive with weekend country markets, these are a fascinating treat with locals sharing their arts, crafts, music and festivities. People who choose to live here are united by community, culture and heritage, their love of nature, and the abundant wildlife.


Atherton is a prosperous and bustling town servicing a thriving agricultural region. It was the firstAtherton town settled in the area, and is now the major town of the central and southern Tablelands. A visit to Hallorans Hill, the highest point in Atherton is a must. This lookout offers the most spectacular views over the region.Picnic and barbeque facilities are available here, as well as a children’s playground and walking track.You can also see a number of pieces of artwork that have been created by some of the region's artists.

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The biggest town on the Atherton Tablelands is Mareeba, which has a reputation as a food and coffee lovers paradise. Over 90% of Australia's coffee crop is grown here and you can taste and buy at a number of local attractions. Two of the region's major events are the annual Mareeba Rodeo held in July and the Mareeba Multicultural Festival in August.


Yungaburra is a historical little country town which has remained largely unchanged since 1910. With 18 heritage-listed buildings, it is the largest National Trust village in Queensland. YungaburraTake a stroll around the township to reveal charming cafes, historic shop fronts, arts and crafts galleries, award winning restaurants and country cottages. The renowned Yungaburra Markets takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month and is the largest of all country markets. Nearly all the products sold are locally made or grown.

Kuranda is well known as the 'Village in the Rainforest' attracting visitors from around the world with its blend of indigenous culture, arts & crafts, alternate lifestyles, walking trails and wildlife attractions. Famous for the Kuranda Markets which have been a feature of the village for over 30 years, you can choose to travel to Kuranda via two of the region's icons: the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

At 920 metres elevation, Ravenshoe is Queensland's highest town and one that offers spectacular and diverse scenery with a mixture of dense rainforest, sub-tropical flora and rolling mountain pastures. However the most popular attraction by far is the ultra-modern wind turbines which generates enough electricity to supply approximately 3,500 homes. Situated on the extinct Windy Hill volcano, its 20 wind turbines take advantage of the consistent winds on the volcano’s slopes.

Millaa MillaaMilla Milla Falls
Millaa Millaa Falls is one of the most photographed sites in the entire region, an image captured by thousands of visitors each year. The Millaa Millaa Loookout is another great photo opportunity capturing the best views on the Tablelands. Rolling hills and green pastures make this land a popular spot for dairy farming. Visit Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy & Cafe for fresh dairy products, and tastings.

Malanda is a quiet town located about 25kms south-east of Atherton.Malanda The township is the centre of the dairy industry featuring one of the world's largest dairy factories supported by over 190 local dairy farmers.Malanda Falls is a popular recreation area, the falls flow all year round and its brook meanders through rainforest providing a home to many turtles and platypus.

Herberton township is a living museum, the cool, dry climate has preserved much of the past. To gain an appreciation of the towns history a visit to the Herberton Historic Village is a must. Atherton TablelandsHere you will get to relive yesteryear as this outstanding collection of Australiana is showcased in an entire vintage village of over 50 buildings.

Tolga's foremost attraction is the established fine woodwork gallery, Tolga Woodworks, on the main road.The gallery features exquisitely crafted handmade timber pieces ranging from small spinning tops and bowls to fine furniture. Nearby roadside produce stalls such as The Humpy and the Big Peanut are a great way to say g'day to a local and enjoy treats like roasted peanuts, local jams and freshly picked, seasonal fruits.

A genuine outback town, easily accessed by conventional vehicles via the Wheelbarrow Way which starts at Mareeba. Chillagoe CavesThe famous Chillagoe Cave system is a visitor drawcard, once the site of an ancient coral reef has now eroded over time to spectacular underground caves, high ridges with dramatic, serrated towers and balancing rocks. There are around 560 known caves, the largest having over 11kms of passages.


The Atherton Tablelands is a nature lovers paradise with a host of activities ranging from bush walking, bird watching and wildlife cruises to marsupial spotting, hot air ballooning and water sports as diverse as fishing to waterskiing.Tree Kangaroo Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham are popular attractions, with the latter perfect for swimming, barbeques and picnics. Lake Tinaroo is frequented by the locals of the region, camping, fishing, water-skiing and sailing take place year round.
At Granite Gorge visitors have a fantastic opportunity to get close and hand feed the wild rock wallabies in their natural habitat, meanwhile Platypus spotting is an active pastime at Peterson Creek in Yungaburra.

The Mamu Rainforest Canopy WalkHot Air Ballooningtakes you on an elevated walkway through the canopy of World Heritage rainforest, providing spectacular views from the top of the tower, or for the ultimate scenic experience why not take a hot air balloon flight and enjoy the picturesque landscape at dawn. You can discover rare and beautiful wildlife of the Australian outback at The Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve, sip coffee at Skybury, walk through the lava tubes at Undara, or get some go kart action on the international Maco Trac.

Waterfalls Circuit

The waterfall 17km circuit starts near Millaa Millaa off Palmerston Highway and includes Millaa Millaa, Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls.Milla Millaa Falls All of these waterfalls are spectacular in their own unique way, and most are surrounded by the peaceful serenity of the rainforest. Zillie Falls has a lovely viewing platform at the base of the falls where you can enjoy a view of the cascading water and rapids.Ellinjaa Falls cascades over a series of lava columns. Millaa Millaa Falls is one of the most photographed in Australia, the falls cascade perfectly to a pristine waterhole below where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool water.

Market Days

Every weekend there is a market on the Atherton Tablelands.The largest and most popular is the Yungaburra MarketsYungaburra Markets held every fourth Saturday of the month. Here you can purchase hand made products, fresh home grown produce, sample some culinary delights and catch a taste of the local culture. Other markets include Atherton 1st Saturday of the month, Mareeba 2nd & 5th Saturday of the month and Tolga 1st Sunday of the month.


The Tablelands offers a tranquil escape, stay longer and explore more.Rose Gums Accommodation comprises of luxurious tree house retreats, cute cottages and simple eco-lodges. Stay in the historic Yungaburra village or escape to one of the rainforest cabins surrounded by crater lakes and waterfalls. A perfect escape and opportunity to recharge and immerse yourself in nature.


The Atherton Tablelands is the fertile food bowl of the tropics, so it's no wonder that dining options are plentiful with the freshest of produce available right on the doorstep. Burra Inn YungaburraThere are plenty of charming tea houses to visit where you can enjoy a devonshire tea and homemade meals along with a magnificent view; or experience some great old fashioned hospitality at a historical pub and enjoy a hearty, wholesome meal. You will find exquisite fine dining in Yungaburra, with Flynns Restaurant producing French & Italian cuisine, Eden House serving contemporary Australian cuisine and Nicks Swiss Italian Restaurant that not only serves great food, but great entertainment and theme nights also. There are also plenty of coffee stops along the way with a must being Skybury Coffee Plantation in Mareeba.


Wildlife is abundant on the Tablelands as the Wet Tropics region is home to about a third of Australia’s 315 mammal species. Here you will get to experience a great range of native Australian tropical wildlife in their natural environment. Atherton TablelandsThe best time to go wildlife spotting is at night when you may catch a glipmse of shy tree kangaroos, Rare Possums, Flying Foxes (Bats), Bandicoots, Boyd’s Forest Dragons, snakes, Musky Rat Kangaroos, Betongs, Pademelons, Frogs, Lumholt'z Tree Kangaroos, and Sooty Owls… and in the wet season look out for luminous fungi and glow worms too.


Tablelands Folk Festival, Yungaburra - brings with it a smorgasbord of both local and national acts drawn from the entire folk and acoustic music spectrum.

Tastes of the Tablelands, Atherton - Visitors to the Tableland will be able to have the full food experience from the land to the table at this festival. Farmers from across the region will be selling their produce on the day allowing visitors to see fresh produce at its best.Mareeba Rodeo

The Mareeba Rodeo has a history dating back to 1949 and has become a national icon on the rodeo calendar. Top level competition and entertainment gives spectators plenty to watch over 2 days of full-on action from 7:30am each day.

The Mareeba Multicultural Festival - The Mareeba Shire is home to people from some 64 different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, who have lived in harmony for many years before "Multiculturalism" became popular. The festival highlights this diversity and harmony. This is a chance for visitors to attend a major local community event.

Top 10 'Must Do's on the Tablelands

  • Start your day with a spectacular sunrise hot air balloon flight
  • Discover Paronella Park's Spanish style castles in the rainforest
  • Walk in the path of a volcano at Undara Lava TubesHot Air Ballooning
  • Catch a taste of the local culture at the Yungaburra Markets
  • Grab a coffee at Skybury Coffee Plantation
  • Self drive the spectacular waterfalls circuit
  • Relish the rolling hills with a Devonshire tea at the Mungalli Falls Teahouse
  • Surround yourself in the towering roots of the Curtain Fig Tree near Yungaburra
  • Discover rare & beautiful wildlife of the Australian outback at Mareeba Wetlands
  • Marvel at the shy Platypus that live in Peterson Creek at Yungaburra

Getting There

How you arrive at the Atherton Tablelands depends on the approach you take. There are five main gateways to the region. Kuranda RangeFrom the north, the route is via the Rex Range Road just north of Port Douglas travelling through the towns of Mt Molloy and Julatten.The eastern coastal access is via the Kuranda Range Road from Smithfield and the western gateway is via Mt Garnet and Ravenshoe. From the south, two main routes lead to the plateaux - the Gillies Highway winds its way up from Gordonvale, and the Palmerston Highway links the Great Green Way and Innisfail with the southern region.

Climate & Weather

The rural landscape of the Atherton Tableland is green throughout most of the year, with a temperature which rarely exceeds 30 degrees C. Barron Falls Near KurandaWinter (April-September) day time temperatures range from a comfortable 20°C to 25°C while summer (October-March) day time temperatures range from 25°C to 31°C

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Humidity: 88%
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Kuranda also known as The Village in the Rainforest, is located 300m above sea level and enjoys a climate cooler and less humid than Cairns. A popular option to get to Kuranda is to take a tour that includes the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Cableway...
The Mareeba Wetland Reserve provides a sanctuary for outback wildlife, including a number of Australia's rarest bird species. The Reserve is managed by the Mareeba Wetland Foundation, a locally-based, conservation company...
A short drive up the Kuranda Range leads you to the rainforest gateway of Mareeba Shire. From here you can see the scenery change from the green coastal rainforest belt to drier open savanna country on the short drive to Mareeba town...
Self driving the Tablelands is highly recommended as this provides greater flexibility, with more options to be able to visit all the main attractions as well as some of the region's best kept secrets!..
Take the Kuranda Train through tunnels and across bridges with spectacular views up to Kuranda Village then return via Skyrail stopping at rainforest stations along the way...
The Atherton Tablelands provide the perfect conditions for Hot Air Ballooning and the view from your basket of rolling hills and winding streams is stunning! 30 minute & 1 hour flights depart daily...
Lake Tinaroo is situated in the central Tablelands just 15 minutes from Atherton. The lake provides a natural playground for visitors. With a variety of activities including sailing, water-skiing, swimming, fishing, bird watching, and walking tracks...
The place to go for a Devonshire tea or a light meal at the historic teahouse. Formed by the same volcanic processes as Lake Eacham, Lake Barrine is surrounded by rainforest right down to the waters edge and offers lake cruises on the hour...
Atherton is a prosperous and bustling town servicing a thriving agricultural region. It was the first town settled in the area, and is now the major town of the Tablelands. There are plenty of attractions to visit in and around the town...
The Express is a unique attraction for visitors to Ravenshoe. This genuine steam train departs Ravenshoe every Saturday and Sunday during the months of April to January on a 2 hour scenic journey through the countryside...
South east of Herberton is the Mt Hypipamee National Park which includes Mt Hypipamee Crater, a huge 61 metre diameter hole in the ground thought to be a volvanic vent, and Dinner Falls...
Yungaburra is nestled in a lush pocket of open rainforest, surrounded by many extinct volcanoes, crater lakes and waterfalls. It has an undeniable country charm with craft galleries, restaurants, and a wide variety of accommodation...
Lake Eacham is ideal for swimming, canoeing & bushwalking. No motorised boats are allowed on the lake. It is 60 metres deep, and features a pontoon great for diving into the deep water. A large grassy area is perfect for picnics and sunbathing...
Malanda is a picturesque rural town situated in one of the wettest areas of the Atherton Tablelands, and hence is surrounded by pockets of rainforest...
Only minutes from Yungaburra is the famous Curtain Fig Tree, one of the best known attractions on the Tablelands. The tree stands 50 metres tall and spreads to 39 metres wide at the base and is over 800 years old...
The Atherton Tablelands is a land rich in rainforest, waterfalls, wildlife & extinct volcanic crater lakes with a history reaching back 420 million years. Day trips around this region generally depart from Cairns & Yungaburra...
Millaa Millaa is situated in the heart of the most picturesque dairying country in Australia. This quiet, peaceful and idyllic village is made famous by its 17km long Waterfall Circuit which includes the beautiful Millaa Millaa Falls...
Ravenshoe is the highest town in Queensland at 920 metres. It is located 147 kms from Cairns and takes approximately 2 hours to drive. Originally an old timber town, Ravenshoe is one of Queensland's charming rural towns...
Innot Hot Springs is a natural mineral springs located between Ravenshoe and Mt Garnet on the Kennedy Highway. Many locals and visitors come here to sit in the shallows of the creek and enjoy the natural springs...
The Waterfalls Circuit' is a circular trip of less than one hour, which encompasses Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie Falls and the Ellinjaa Falls. The Waterfalls are a scenic 30 minute drive from Yungaburra. Bring your Camera!..
Just 10 minutes from Mareeba, Davis Creek National Park provides visitors with a true Australian bushland experience. The creek flows over huge granite boulders creating the perfect setting for picnicing or camping...
The Barron River Gorge is located 20 minutes' drive north of Cairns and lies along a traditional pathway used by the original indigenous Djabugay people. The spectacular Barron Falls can be seen at viewing platforms from Kuranda Village, Train & Skyrail...
The historic town of Chillagoe offers visitors a taste of the real Outback, in one of the world’s unique geological sites. It is a stunning mix of outback landscape, mining heritage, aboriginal art sites, fantastic limestone caves and relics of a bygone mining era...
Smithfield is located at the base of the Kuranda Range just 20 mins drive North of Cairns. Smithfield is home to the Cable Ski Park, Bungy Jump, Go Cart Track, Skyrail & Tjapukai...
There are many ways to arrive at the Atherton Tablelands. To the south is the Gillies Highway and Palmerston Highway. From the north is the Rex Range and the eastern coastal access is via the Kuranda Range Road...
Gordonvale is located at the base of the Gillies Range and is the quickest way to get to Yungaburra & Lake Tinaroo. Gordonvale is just 20 mins drive South of Cairns...
Lake Morris is 25 km inland from Cairns and is accessed by a narrow winding road. The lake is part of the Cairns water supply so no swimming but the views are spectacular and there is a great kiosk & picnic area...
Trinity Inlet is home to a rich and diverse array of wildlife including crocodiles, native birds and over 70 species of fish. Linking Cairns to the sea, this tropical tidal estuary services freight, leisure and fishing vessels...
Wooroonooran National Park is a World Heritage Area where ancient plants exist, unchanged for millions of years. There are some great swimming spots here and one day trip which departs from Cairns...
Herberton is a small heritage mining town located between Mareeba and Atherton. Walking trails around the old mines and surrounding aussie bushland are a popular tourist attraction...
Granite Gorge is a privately owned nature park located 12km west of Mareeba. At reception you can purchase a bag of food for the resident rock wallabies and hand feed them as you explore the gorge...
Cassowaries are an endangered species found throughout the rainforests, and nearby woodlands and swamps of North Queensland. These large flightless birds play an important role in the dispersal of rainforest plant seeds...