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Atherton Tablelands Tour from Cairns

  • 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
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 4 days ago via mobile
Our best day of the trip

We had an amazing time, Matty was the perfect guide and ensured everyone had a great time, even stopping to buy the bus a box of wine on the way home! We got to go to a lot of cool places but never felt rushed...More

Thank Rory D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Just awesome

This is by far the best tour we've been on. Matty, our tour guide, talked to us rather than at us which made the trip much more enjoyable. We saw amazing things, had some adventures and lots of laughs. Barefoot are in a different league...More

Thank adele g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Best time with Uncle Bruce!!!

Our group had a blast on this trip!! Uncle Bruce’s humor was on pointe!!!! The sights were unbelievable and the food was great!! A definite must do!!! Ask for Uncle Bruce!!

Thank Luella O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Nice tour of the countryside and falls

Spent the day with uncle “Brucy” in the Atherton Tablelands visiting the waterfalls in the area. The tour is a good way to see parts of Australia’s countryside. Bruce is a funny guide and does a good job driving, entertaining, educating, and cooking. You spend...More

Thank JE and JA D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Good vibes only! Loved it

I booked this tour from the UK (via a high street travel agent). It was part of a package and I had no idea what the Atherton Tablelands were, to be completely honest. Went in 'blind' and was not disappointed. It rained for the majority...More

Thank Alice M
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