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Atherton Tablelands, Cairns

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A fertile plateau situated well into the tropics, Atherton Tablelands is part of the Great Dividing Range. The focal point of the plateau is Lake Tinaroo, a popular tourist stop suitable for swimming, water sports, bushwalking, fishing, and camping. The area's elevated position gives it a temperate climate favorable to dairy farming. For a trip off the beaten track, join a popular food trail tour with guided visits to local plantations and farms. Regional produce includes locally grown and processed coffee, wine, cheese, chocolate, and seafood. The tablelands also contain several small remnants of the rainforest that once covered it, many of which are now protected in national parks. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Cairns holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Atherton Tablelands and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We spent two days driving around the Atherton tablelands. So much to see and take in. Loved the countryside, the old buildings, the eateries...a great experience.  more »
  • the Mamu skywalk was a joy and not at all hard.fantastic scenery. very helpful staff. Paronella Park was just the best day out. The staff there were informative, helpful. We had a wheelchair with us a...  more »
  • So many things to do on the plateau of Atherton that here is a small excerpt: Kuranda: a daily market where businesses are located in wooden huts, organized as a small wooded village. Very nice and full of good things to eat after Mareeba, Granite Gorge: walk of different lengths and wallabies of the rocks. Possibility of swimming. A few specimens of lizards and birds ($ 12 admission + $ 1 the small bag of food for wallabies). Initially the small campsite reception. Curtain fig tree: impressive ficus! 2 min walk from the road on a path very well laid out. Platyplus viewpoint platform: a Platypus observation area. It is rare to see in nature, it is an opportunity! Come rather late afternoon when the sun goes down and follow the trail across the bridge. I saw one! There is still so much to do here down between walks, waterfalls and lakes. I wish are have plans only a day, this place made on my visit then requirements of my next trip to Australia.
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