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From Cairns: Atherton Tableland Wilderness Tour with Lunch

1. From Cairns: Atherton Tableland Wilderness Tour with Lunch

Embark on a full-day trip to Atherton Tableland from Cairns and admire the lush beauty of tropical North Queensland. Visit Wooroonooran National Park, swim in Lake Eacham, and enjoy lunch in a historic pub. Your 11-hour excursion begins with a drive to the Wooroonooran National Park. Stop for a swim at Josephine Falls, which features a huge natural rock slide. Travel across the volcanic landscape of the Atherton Tablelands. Marvel at the 18-meter-high Millaa Millaa Falls, framed by lush rainforest and tree ferns. Enjoy lunch at the Malanda Pub, before visiting Mount Hypipamee. Walk through the rainforest on easy pathways. See wildlife around Dinner Falls, including brush turkeys and Boyd’s forest dragon. Visit the giant curtain fig tree, and try your luck at platypus spotting in Yungaburra. Enjoy a last swim at Lake Eacham, before the trip back to Cairns.

Barron Gorge: Half-Day Barron River White-Water Rafting

2. Barron Gorge: Half-Day Barron River White-Water Rafting

Experience white-water rafting in Barron Gorge National Park, known for its rugged rainforest mountains, steep ravines, and the falls carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River. Enjoy complimentary transfers from Cairns or Port Douglas before heading to the national park. Meet your guide at Lake Placid, and get ready for your river rafting tour on the river. Enjoy the area’s scenic beauty and a combination of calm water and a series of white-water rapids as well. Spend two hours navigating rapids up to grade three. No experience is necessary, making this a good choice for beginning rafters. There is also plenty of excitement for the more experienced.

Port Douglas: Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride

3. Port Douglas: Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride

Meet your experienced ballooning team at Atherton Tablelands at 6.00 AM, just in time to witness the inflation of the hot air balloons. Experience the fun and unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with 60-minutes of flying time. At 6.30 AM the patchwork panorama below brings new sights every day, watch out for the variety of Australian birdlife and take in the peace and serenity that is hot air ballooning.

2-Day Atherton Tablelands, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Tour

4. 2-Day Atherton Tablelands, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Tour

Experience the diverse beauty of Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, and Mossman Gorge on 2 day trips from Cairns. Day 1: Learn the Aboriginal history of Babinda Boulders in the Atherton Tablelands, and go for a swim in the crystal clear waters of Josephine Falls. Slide down a waterfall on a natural rockslide before visiting Millaa Millaa Falls. Enjoy lunch at a Australia’s largest timber pub before a bush walk and time to swim behind a waterfall. Gaze into a volcanic crater and look for wild cassowary in their natural habitat. See the Curtain Fig Tree before heading to Lake Eacham, a dormant volcanic crater lake full of turtles. Watch the sunset before the drive back to Cairns. Day 2: Take a scenic coastal drive towards the Mossman Gorge and enjoy panoramic views of the Coral Sea along the way. Get a warm welcome from the local Aborigines on arrival, and then cross the Daintree River for lunch at a beach. Explore the ancient rainforest on a guided tour of Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk and learn more about the flora and fauna, from low-lying ferns and shrubs to the massive canopy and mangroves. Taste some locally made ice cream, and enjoy a wildlife cruise to look for crocodiles before the return trip to Cairns via Port Douglas.

Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Rainforest and Waterfalls Tour

5. Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Rainforest and Waterfalls Tour

Venture into the wilderness of Queensland's far north on a tour that makes nature and the outdoors fun and accessible. See waterfalls, lookouts, lakes, and craters on this day-trip of the Atherton Tablelands from Cairns. Experience the unique endemic wildlife and natural beauty of the Atherton Tablelands. Visit places like Josephine Falls, Babinda Boulders, Millaa Millaa Falls, and Lake Eacham. Choose what destinations suit you best with a flexible itinerary that caters to your group's interests. Make a stop for a swim in a freshwater waterfall or natural water slide and take a break for some coffee or tea. Be sure to also check out the ancient fig tree that's hundreds of years old. Your knowledgeable guide will help you to learn more about the region as you explore the terrain.

Cairns: Shore Excursion Guided Food and Wine Tour

6. Cairns: Shore Excursion Guided Food and Wine Tour

This tour commences at the cruise ship terminal in Cairns departing between 8:00- 9:00am where you will be met by our professional tour guide. From here you will be whisked away and transported up the picturesque mountain range to the Atherton Tablelands, a gem waiting to be explored. You will enjoy a tantilizing tea and scone tasting for brunch and you might even spot a rare Far North Queensland Tree Kangaroo. From here, you will experience gin, beer, distillery and wine tastings throughout the many towns scattered throughout the Atherton Tablelands. You will then return and be back safety on your cruise ship between 4:00-5:00pm ready for your next adventure.

From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Boutique Foodie Tour

7. From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Boutique Foodie Tour

Visit 6 unique venues across the Atherton Tablelands and discover local products, learn about the business' and admire the beautiful landscape of the Cairns Highlands on this full-day private tour. Taste native Australian fruit like the Davidson Plum at a tropical fruit orchard, and learn why the owners have chosen to grow these fruit species. Visit a biodynamic dairy farm, taste their products, and enjoy lunch with an amazing panoramic view. Head to Crater Lakes Coffee, the highest coffee plantation in Australia. Meet the owner and sample their unique coffee. Visit the region's most established distillery and try spirits, tropical fruit wine, and craft beer. Stop off at a boutique winery before ending the tour at one of Cairns' premier breweries. Sip on a craft beer with a stunning view overlooking the cane fields.

From Cairns: Full-Day Birdwatching Excursion

8. From Cairns: Full-Day Birdwatching Excursion

This excursion offers visitors to North Queensland the opportunity to explore a private wetland reserve known for its highly-prized birdwatching experience. Encounter diverse habitats, stumble upon endemic wildlife and have a chance to spot up to 220 different species.  Begin your day with an early morning pickup and start exploring the wetland by 7:30 AM. Enjoy the morning tranquility as you walk around the lagoon in search of bush birds, ducks, geese, and many more species.  In the afternoon, stop for a picnic lunch and travel to the nearby Atherton Tableland to visit what is known as the oldest continually growing tropical rainforest in the world. Be stunned by the Tableland's beautiful landscape and continue your birdwatching excursion. 

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What people are saying about Atherton Tablelands

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 88 reviews

This was an absolute blast! We had so much fun on this trip and it left us wanting for more. The guides are all there because they love what they do and I did not see one boat with one unhappy person. I would recommend this for all. We had Jack G. and people who did not speak English in the boat but we didn't have to speak to work together to get it done. Lots of laughting and smiles instead. So much fun! Highly recommend.

It was absolutely fantastic. Bob ,Browny, Brian & Tony. Friendly joking and very professional team . The 18 people in the group were beautiful people. Picked us up at Clifton Beach apartment at the door . Brought us back as well . Just do it .

A fun experience for myself and my two teenage boys, with enough rapids to keep it exciting whilst safe and the guides were fun personalities. A gorgeous location close to Cairn. Excellent afternoon activity.

Fantastic afternoon, lots of laughs. Our guide Jack G was fabulous, so knowledgeable, professional and fun. We shared the raft with wonderful people from Victoria. Our family loved our adventure. Thank you

Great trip to the Atherton tablelands and it’s waterfalls .4 opportunities to swim in water holes and creeks .Informative and friendly guide .Ok pub lunch .Nice day out .