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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  • The place is scenic and vast expanse is mesmerizing. We had a nice time here and it was worth the visit.  more »
  • This is definitely a place to visit. It is wise to go by tour, so you get fact & information included when you see this wonder !!!! The falls are great this time of year & be sure to take repellent !!...  more »
  • The Atherton Tableland covers a huge area and you can either see the highlights in one day, or you could easily spend 4 or 5 days and see a lot more! The waterfall circuit includes Josephine Falls (yo...  more »

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