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Atherton Tablelands, Cairns

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Wildlife Area
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 took a drive up from Cairns on a whim. So glad we did. We saw DUCKBILLED platypus in the wild, a huge curtain fig tree and coffee plantation. I'd recommend planning at least a day trip if you're vi...  more »
  • Atherton Tablelands is a large region filled with beautiful walks, lookouts, rolling hills, waterfalls and much more! Having missed it the first time I ventured down the East Coast I was so glad to ha...  more »
  • We spent the day leisurely touring the Tablelands in a rental car. Breathtaking scenery at every turn. We did the lakes, waterfalls and lookouts. So many great options for lunch, coffee and short stop...  more »