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. Using our international travel planner, Cairns attractions like Atherton Tablelands can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A full day of travel visiting all the well-known places along the way, Each site is beautiful in it's own way. Once you've made it to the top, the view is breathtaking. Good idea to go with a tour gui...  more »
  • A surprise highlight of our 44 day journey on the eastern coast of Australia was visiting the Atherton Tablelands. We enjoyed many of the small towns around Atherton, had a great visit to the Bat Hosp...  more »
  • It was my first time to drive overseas. Cars are less and I enjoyed scenic view. The weather was slightly unstable and it rained.  more »
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