Atherton Tablelands
Atherton Tablelands
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John Turner
Caulfield, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Spent day visiting Fig Tree, waterfalls and lakes in Atherton Tablelands. Did a self drive from Cairns and everything well sign posted. An excellent day’s
Written 8 September 2023
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Minters
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Great walks, lovely lakes - Barine has a great cafe and very reasonable boat trip to see heaps of turtles and a python if you're lucky!
Written 4 August 2023
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Catherine C
Cairns, Australia75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I enjoyed the view, as we drove though the gillies range and to Atherton. It was a peaceful if a little stressful due to the rain. It was worth the drive, even with the 3-year-old, who loved looking at the cows and horses and the ducks. It was a shame almost everything closed at 3 or 4 pm. So, we couldn't go into anything really. But the beauty made up for that.
Written 13 July 2023
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Lynette Clara B
Whitsunday Islands, Australia276 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Atherton tablelands is a beautiful drive we have a convertible so driving with top down on a beautiful day is heaven.
Mareeba we liked it’s a farming town but nice
Yungaburra beautiful little town
But Atherton it’s self is disgusting it is filthy dirty and we felt very unsafe like we were going to be robbed any minute, the indigenous youth were walking around spitting on the paths and one even hit the back of our car with his hand we presume when we driving up the neon street.
Visit the Atherton tablelands but drive straight through Atherton township.

There is some goody stops out in the drive that are good and enjoy fresh produce.
The windmills up on the hill are really nice.
Written 19 April 2023
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Jef L
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We hired a little zot car for the day out of Cairns and just self drove after a bit of research. Weren't allowed to drive on dirt roads. Bummer. Be aware of this condition prior to car hire depending on what you hire I suppose. Will limit your access to most waterfalls.
Curtain fig and Cathedral fig both sensational. Cathedral fig we got to well after dark. Walked with torches. Saw fireflys, insectivorous bats, a Splendid Ghost moth, big carpet snake, white tailed water rat. Tinaroo dam and town. Interesting military history. Dam outlet is spectacular up close. You can walk the dam wall during daylight hours. Yungaburra Peterson's Creek conservation park was a little hidden gem.
We didn't even know it was there.
Platypus viewing platform right on the main road into town.
But drive a bit further to the suspension bridge.
We saw a platypus and FIVE Lumholtz Tree Kangaroos including a family with baby. Unreal. Surprisingly more agile in the tree tops than I had expected after previously only seeing them in zoo/wildlife park situations. This made the whole trip really. A few hundred metres of creek. There was also quite a large colony of flying foxes, saw and heard a Catbird and lots of Magpie Geese flying in V formation over head.
You can donate to the volunteer group who maintain Peterson's Creek.
Money well spent.
Lovely little town. Nice pub.
Drive down the Gillies Range is very windy. Take care.
Written 25 November 2022
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Phil R
Hamilton, New Zealand161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Spend the day on the road visiting small rural towns and the attractions they hold, see the different landscapes from gum forests to dairy farms
Written 24 October 2022
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Jim D
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Granite Gorge 12 kms outside Mareeba well worth a visit, rock wallabies, turtles and walks to explore.
Written 24 October 2022
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Kirsten H
Melbourne, Australia91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We decided to drive ourselves and do a tour of the Atherton Tablelands and we had a great time.
We stopped for Devonshire tea at the Lake Barrine Teahouse - a quaint cafe with glorious scones!
We stopped at Yungaburra for a quick walk around and to try and spot platypus (no luck) before heading off on the waterfall tour. This was amazing - we did all 3 waterfalls and they were spectacular. The best one was definitely Millaa Millaa Falls - it was chilly but hubby (and many others) couldn't pass up the chance to dive in.
Definitely a well spent day but would recommend staying a night up there if you can!
Written 2 October 2022
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duncrich
Brisbane, Australia32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Bushwalks, wildlife, old style villages, tea plantations, coffee museum, river trips, crater lakes and lots more, plus cooler weather than down on the coast. Don't believe the scary stories about the Gillies Highway to get there. It's a windy road if if you're careful, you won't have any problems.
Written 15 September 2022
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904agnesc
Zoutleeuw, Belgium356 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
After zigzagging your way out of Cairns, the cool mountain climate awaits you. Nice views and a lot of birds can be seen there . Worth a daytrip or even a longer stay.
Written 28 August 2022
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