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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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  • You must stop and visit the plethora of waterfalls around the tablelands...and bring your costumes for a dip!  more »
  • 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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  • 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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Though Cairns seems to offer an endless selection of cozy rooms, most budget-friendly options remain fully booked through the high season, stretching from June to September. Reserve early if you want a hotel room packed with amenities, or look for alternative lodgings in the city's smaller inns. As the backpacker capital of northern Queensland, Cairns features dozens of economical hostels providing comfortable beds and free Wi-Fi. For something far more luxurious, look for centrally located rental apartments with spacious rooms and harbor views.
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