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Atherton Tablelands / Waterfalls

The Atherton Tableland is a fertile plateau which is part of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland, Australia. It is located inland from Cairns, well into the tropics, but its elevated position provides a climate suitable for dairy farming. The fertility of the soils in the region can be attributed to the volcanic origins of the land.

Atherton Tablelands is a high priority on many tourists lists. With many beautiful places to visit like the waterfalls circuit which includes the famous Millaa Millaa Falls. There are volcanic crater lakes such as Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham as well as pockets of tropical rainforest and Giant Fig trees. South of the Atherton Tablelands just past Innisfail, is Paronella Park. This is an enchanting place filled with lush tropical gardens, Spanish Castle Ruins and has a great historic love story to be told.

There is a variety of Atherton Tablelands tours on offer to suit every traveller. Whether you want to spend the day full of swimming and adventure, or if you prefer a more structured tour with more attractions and sightseeing, or maybe you want to focus on the local farms and food tasting, or whether you are a nature lover and want to spend the night exploring and animal spotting.

Northern Experience Eco Tours - Waterfalls, Rainforest and Paronella Park

Rates from: $145



Northern Experience Eco Tours is independently owned, has operated since 1997 and is the "original tour" to Paronella Park. Northen Experience stands alone in high quality specialist touring and professionalism in this area. We will give you a fantastic informative and fun day out exploring the Atherton Tablelands including Lake Barrine, elevated boardwalk, Millaa Millaa Falls, Mena Creek Falls, Babinda Boulders and Paronella Park.

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5 Day Local Discovery (TD)

Rates from: $690

Combining all the classic 'must do' regions in one convenient tour. Make new lasting friendships during your 5 days of shared experiences with people who started out as strangers. Discover the beauty of the Cairns, Daintree National Park, Cape Tribuation Beach, the Atherton Tableland and Mission Beach regions.

You will swim in magnificent waterfalls and volcanic crater lakes, walk through World Heritage Listed rainforest, experience aboriginal culture, go spotting for platypus and have an Aussie Bar BQ.

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Behana Canyoning

Rates from: $179

Known as the adventure tour of the Behana Gorge waterfalls, not for the faint hearted and requires a reasonable level of physical fitness. Behana Gorge is a 45 minute drive from Cairns, and is one of Cairns best kept secrets!  This tour includes nature walks, abseiling, waterfall swimming and leaping from high rocks into safe deep waters below.  Travelling with a maximum of 8 passengers - ensures a wonderful small group adventure!

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Cairns Food Wine Tours

Rates from: $185

Enjoy a full day touring the magnificent Atherton Tablelands whilst tasting the best produce and visiting unique locations. Some of which no other tours visit. Benefit from your guides wealth of knowledge whilst sampling alcohol, cheese, chocolates, nuts and tropical fruits.

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Captain Matty's Barefoot Tours - Rainforest and Waterfalls Tour

Rates from: $109

24 HOUR STANDBY RATE (only valid for bookings the day before departure) - $89pp

Leave Cairns on an adventure with Barefoot Tours through the Atherton Tablelands.  At Barefoot Tours we love fun and nature, and we can't wait to share the Rainforest and Waterfalls with you in an eco friendly and laid-back casual kinda way!

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Discovery Tours - Half Day 4WD Rainforest Tour

Rates from: $135

Discovery Tours is the only company who offer a true 4WD Half Day Tour from Cairns.  They have access to restricted rainforest areas where you will visit National Parks, Waterfalls, have guided walks and 4WD river and creek crossings.  Travelling with a maximum of 6 passengers provides a very personalised and unique half day tour through World Heritage listed rainforest.

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Down and Dirty Quad Bike Tours

Rates from: $80

Quad bike through bushland, outback savannah and pockets of rainforest. Or travel on an argo vehicle as an alternative. If you are not so adventurous there are smaller vehicles for anyone building their confidence.

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ER Cairns Motorcycle Hire and Tours

Rates from: $140

A local motorcycle company offering a large range options from chauffeured rides, self drive tours, trail bike hire & tours and straight Harley bike hire.

Riders and passengers must wear eye protection, enclosed shoes, long trousers and sunscreen.

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Food Trail Tour - Atherton Tablelands Food and Wine Tour

Rates from: $195

SPECIAL - $185 PP (SAVE $10PP)

* Valid until 31st March 2018

Food Trail Tours is certainly Cairns' tastiest sightseeing tour and favourite food and wine touring experience.  On this fun filled journey of discovery you will savour local flavours as you Taste Paradise.  You will travel through the dry plains, rolling hills and the Atherton Tableland's lush Wet Tropics Rainforest.  Visiting and touring family farms, tropical winery and cheese factory sampling tasty treats as you learn about the food journey from the ground to the table.  You travel off the beaten tourist track to visit private plantations, experience exotic tastes, and uncover secrets even locals do not know.

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GTS Day/Night Tour Including Paronella Park

Rates from: $137

Departing Cairns at 12.30pm-1.00pm and returning at 9.30pm this tour is unique and not offered by any other company. You will visit Josephine Falls, the Mamu Tropical Skywalk, Paronella Park, the Mena Creek Hotel and enjoying wallaby sighting as well as star gazing. There are two tour options described in our 'long description' and both are priced accordingly.

Please note this tour operates Tuesdays to Saturdays only, it is not available Sunday and Monday.

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On the Wallaby - One Day Rainforest Waterfalls Tour

Rates from: $109

This value-packed day tour begins when your On The Wallaby guide takes you up the spectacular Gillies Range and onto the tropical Atherton Tablelands. Explore the Cathedral and Curtain Fig Trees and take a rainforest walk at Lake Barrine National park before lunch.  Travel through the picturesque countryside for the day's highlights, swimming at several pristine waterfalls, such as the famous Millaa Millaa, plus a jungle trek to view the raging Dinner Falls and World Heritage listed Mount Hypipamee National Park.  Last stop, On the Wallaby Lodge for tea & coffee to round off your day before we head back to Cairns arriving at approximately 7:00pm


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On the Wallaby - Overnight Packages

Rates from: $199

This popular nature tour takes us to the highlights of the cool tropical Atherton Tablelands. You will have one day exploring the Rainforest and Waterfalls with plenty of swimming opportunities. Overnight accommodation at the Backpackers Lodge and BBQ dinner is included.

Day two is an active day with mountain biking and wildlife canoeing before returning to Cairns.

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Tablelands & Waterfalls Tour (CTC)

Rates from: $94

SPECIAL - $60PP (currently only running on Tuesday and Thursday)

*Valid until 31st March 2018

Cape Trib Connections operates this casual but fun filled tour to the Atherton Tablelands.  Suited to the backpacker and budget traveller who likes the focus of the day to be on natural sightseeing and visiting waterfalls and swimming holes for a very economic price.  Morning tea is included, but you will need to pack a lunch or bring some money to purchase food along the way.

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Wait-A-While Rainforest & Wildlife Night Tour

Rates from: $170

Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours offers small group rainforest and wildlife experiences within the Wet Tropics World Heritage area of Tropical North Queensland. Our wildlife tours visit restricted access mountain rainforest at night in the Atherton Tablelands, giving the best chance of seeing nocturnal animals in their natural environment.  This is the best tour for seeing native wildlife in its natural environment during the day and into the night.

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Waterfall Wanderers

Rates from: $109


*Valid until 31st March 2018

Active Tropics Explorer operates this Waterfall Wanderers Tour.  Conducted in a laid back style this tour will suit the backpacker or budget traveller.  You will visit an array of swimming holes, waterfalls, pockets of rainforest and a volcanic crater lake.  We will also be providing morning/afternoon tea, lunch, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and fruit throughout the day, as well as heaps of music, games and puzzles to keep you entertained on the bus.

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Wilderness Eco Safaris - 4WD Rainforest Eco Safari

Rates from: $189

Experience North Queensland from a different perspective with this eco sensitive 4WD safari taking a maximum of 7 passengers.

Getting you away from the mass marketed areas to one of the north's last wilderness frontiers, where there are no "Touristy Crowds", no other vehicles and no sealed roads, just pristine "World Heritage Rainforest".

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Wooroonooran Safaris

Rates from: $215

SPECIAL - Adults $150 - Child $90 & Family (2A + 2C = $450)...Limited Time Only.

Only 40 minutes south of Cairns is home to the largest wet tropics rainforest in Australia that is World Heritage Listed. This unique day tour visits regions where no other tours go, does a crocodile spotting tour that no other companies access, offers amazing bird watching and photographic opportunities and much more.

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WUC Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Rates from: $99

This unique stand up paddle boarding company offers a variety of locations to visually enjoy your surroundings whilst doing a serene activity you will love. Visit a beautiful blue volcanic crater lake, or make your way down along a river, or visit an idyllic island to enhance this amazing activity.


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