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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  • August 15, 2017
    You must stop and visit the plethora of waterfalls around the tablelands...and bring your costumes for a dip!  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    If you borrow the car never to visit. We recommend around slowly with 1 day. So no little car, very good condition. It is recommended to realize part of the greatness of the Australia continent at the end if you experience the great barrier reef and Kuranda. Lakes, waterfalls, farms and nature--such as making heart animals.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Fun, interesting with train commentary, fantastic views. Once at the top, the Butterfly sanctuary was also excellent, explanations from guide  more »

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