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Cairns to Atherton Tablelands Full-Day Tour with Picnic Lunch

  • Full-day active tour of the Atherton Tablelands, from Cairns
  • Cool off in pristine natural pools, waterfalls and natural water slide
  • Get great photo ops of the Crater and Lake Eacham, both formed by volcanic activity
Atherton Tablelands Tour from Cairns
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Atherton Tablelands Tour from Cairns
US$ 79.90
Experience the natural wonders of Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands to visit different parts of the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest on this outdoorsy day trip from Cairns. With a guide, you’ll take easy walks to three waterfalls—Josephine Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls and Dinner Falls—and take a refreshing swim in Lake Eacham. See the Cathedral Fig Tree, take in views of the volcanic crater in Mt Hypipamee National Park, and enjoy lots of time for swimming and photo ops. Morning and afternoon snacks are picnic lunch provided
What to Expect
Your day trip to the Atherton Tablelands, part of the World Heritage–listed Wet Tropics of Queensland, starts with hotel pickups in Cairns by coach for the drive to the Tablelands, located about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Cairns. After about an hour of driving, make a stop at the Cathedral Fig Tree, a large 500-year-old strangler fig tree with long aerial roots.

Drive onward into a pristine rainforest, where you’ll stop at Lake Eacham. Go for a swim in the volcanic lake, created more than 12,000 years ago, and watch for turtles in the clear water while your guide prepares a hearty morning tea.

After your snack break, head to Mt Hypipamee National Park to check out Dinner Falls, where you can go swimming again, and then take a 0.5-mile (800-meter) walk to a viewpoint to admire the crater. You’ll spot a jewel-toned lake as you look down at the crater rim, a dizzying 450 feet (138 meters) below you.

When you're ready for lunch, we serve a picnic style meal with fresh bread, salad items for sandwiches and a meat and fruit platter. We do cater for food allergies so let us know in advance.

Then head to Millaa Millaa Falls to take a swim in its natural tropical pool.

Your last destination, and the highlight of your tour, is Josephine Falls, which you’ll reach by taking a short walk with your guide. If you’re feeling adventurous, go down the ‘waterslide’ that drops you into a deep pool, or just relax and enjoy the scenery. You’ll also refuel here with afternoon snacks provided by your guide.

Your day trip ends with the drive back to Cairns for hotel drop-off.

Please note: This is a sample itinerary; yours may vary based on the road and/or weather conditions on the day of your tour.
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Reviewed yesterday
Best guide in Australia

Best guide you will get in Australia. He did his best to get the group together. Kept making everyone laugh and happy, and was always focused on everyone's needs. The trip you are taken on is beautiful, 1 crater lake and 3 waterfall ponds. Got...More

Thank Ulrik W
Reviewed 1 week ago
Exactly as described

We joined the tour yesterday with Capt Matty a veritable source of info on all things random. It was a long (we got on the bus at 7.30 and off at 19.30)and enjoyable day. Well organised on time and lots of laughs. The sights were...More

Thank lindagrinda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing. 5 stars without a shadow of a doubt.

What a great day. Amy & I came out back in early August for this tour and it has left the best impression of Australia and Cairns. The tablelands were stunning. Captain Matty absolutely nailed it, it was perfectly paced, such a top bloke, he...More

Thank Manveer S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Phenomenal day!!

Our guide, Matty, was very knowledgeable about the entire area and kept us all engaged throughout the day. Visited some absolutely stunning sites, and I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the area.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Perfect Day Tour

Matty made this an experience of a lifetime!!! From our welcoming hug to our day ending hug, it was amazing! We learned about our fellow passengers, butterflies, the falls, Australia, New Zealand, Rugby, the Outback and many other topics. I would definitely recommend this tour...More

Thank Eepeep60
Chelsea H, Manager at Barefoot Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hiya, Thanks for your excellent feedback! We love a good hug & Matt is a great guide :-) Safe and Happy Travels. Barefoot Team

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