Lake-Barrine Gulf Savannah Tour - ATherton Tablelands

Atherton Tablelands, Carins, Far North Queensland

Atherton Tablelands, Gulf Savannah

The Atherton Tablelands is a region located in Far North Queensland, Australia, known for its fertile land, diverse ecosystems, and picturesque landscapes. It is situated on a plateau that rises over 700 meters above sea level and covers an area of approximately 32,000 square kilometers.

Nestled in the heart of Tropical North Queensland, the Atherton Tablelands offer a breathtaking escape into nature’s embrace. Encompassing a sprawling plateau adorned with lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and fertile farmland, this region is a haven for adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and food connoisseurs alike.

One of the Tablelands’ most iconic features is its vibrant array of waterfalls, each offering a mesmerizing display of natural beauty. From the majestic Millaa Millaa Falls, framed by verdant foliage, to the tranquil waters of Lake Eacham, where you can swim amidst ancient crater walls, the Tablelands are a paradise for those seeking to immerse themselves in the wonders of the natural world.

Atop the Great Dividing Range to the southwest of Cairns, you will find the Atherton Tablelands. This area is a plateau 500 to 1200 meters above sea level, with lush and fertile volcanic soil, the region is known for producing quality food. For food enthusiasts, the Tablelands are a culinary playground, with fertile soils yielding an abundance of fresh produce. Indulge in farm-fresh delights at bustling markets, sip on award-winning wines at boutique vineyards, or embark on a gourmet adventure sampling artisanal cheeses, chocolates, and tropical fruits. It is also an important agricultural region, producing crops such as avocados, bananas, coffee, tea, and mangoes, as well as dairy and beef cattle. The Atherton Tablelands are home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, including many species that are unique to the region.

The region is characterized by its lush rainforests, rolling hills, waterfalls, and crystal-clear lakes and rivers. It has a mild climate with temperatures averaging around 25°C during the day and dropping to around 15°C at night, making it an ideal location for agriculture and tourism. The temperate climate makes it perfect for Australian tours all year round. If you’re looking to avoid the Australian heat then visit during the low season from December to April when the climate is cool yet still only a drive away from brilliant beaches.

Beyond its stunning landscapes, the Atherton Tablelands boast a rich cultural heritage, with indigenous communities sharing their stories and traditions with visitors eager to learn. Explore historic villages like Yungaburra, where quaint colonial architecture meets vibrant markets and local artisans showcase their crafts. The Atherton Tablelands will not disappoint with breathtaking views, ancient rainforests, antique stores, volcanic lakes, waterfalls, National Parks, wetlands, and an abundance of native wildlife.

Visitors are drawn to the region’s natural beauty and numerous attractions, including the Kuranda Scenic Railway, the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park, the Mareeba Wetlands, and the popular waterfalls circuit. It is well worth a visit to  Kuranda. Best known for the Kuranda Skyrail, the world’s longest gondola cableway takes you a 90-minute, 7.5km journey through and over some of the most beautiful natural rainforests. There is also the Kuranda Scenic Railway, travel on the historic train to Barron Gorge National Park for beautiful views of the sea and Cairns coastline. While in Kuranda, enjoy the markets, butterfly sanctuary, and an abundance of places to eat. Why not do a package with the best of Far North Queensland, scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and visit Kuranda via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and then return by the Kuranda Scenic Railway?

Whether you’re chasing waterfalls, delving into indigenous culture, or indulging in culinary delights, the Atherton Tablelands promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Tropical North Queensland. Overall, the Atherton Tablelands is a unique and beautiful region that offers visitors to the Cairns region a chance to experience the natural beauty and diverse culture of Far North Queensland.