Things to do in the Atherton Tablelands

The Atherton Tablelands are a spectacular expanse of scenery near Cairns. Here, there is a beautiful mixture of lush rainforests, wildlife-filled wetlands, and sprawling savannah, where you can catch a glimpse of native animal and bird species. Within the area, there are plenty of waterfalls, natural parks, quaint villages, and fun attractions to enjoy.

Here are some of the best things to do in Atherton Tablelands

1.  Paronella Park

These exceptional heritage gardens can be found in a 13-acre area of lush rainforest near the popular Mena Creek Falls. Dating back to the 1930s, the park is peppered with eye-catching structures and walkways to meander along.

2. Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre

If fishing is your thing, head to this lake and park where you can try your hand at catching some of the region’s local species. Alternatively, you can simply feed the fish or watch others have a go at catching them.

3. Tableland Express

Whizz through the scenery on this historic steam train, which passes wetlands to ascend up Queensland’s steepest line. Expect breath-taking views of waterfalls and rainforest.

4. Hou Wang Miau Chinese Temple

Indulge in a bit of culture at this fascinating temple which dates back to the 1880s and is the only remaining part of Cedar Camp.

5. Golden Pride Winery

If you’re looking to dabble in a spot of wine tasting, head to this boutique vineyard just outside of Mareeba. It is known for using mangoes in its wine production.

6. Warbird Adventures Aviation Museum

Just south of Mareeba, you’ll find this historic museum that displays operating warbirds that have been restored to their original condition.

7. Coffee Works

Caffeine lovers will want to check out this boutique roaster, which serves up premium Arabica coffees from the local plantations. As well as slurping back a hot drink, you can tuck into the mouth-watering selection of handmade chocolates.

8. Lake Tinaroo

Located just moments from Atherton, Lake Tinaroo offers the perfect place to swim, windsurf, water ski, and sail. There are plenty of beautiful hiking routes that surround the area, too.

9.  Curtain Fig Tree

Get up close and personal with one of the region’s most unusual natural wonders, the Curtain Fig Tree. This is the largest of its kind in Queensland and boasts a surreal structure that cascades from the canopies to the floor. If you want more of where this came from, there are several other magnificent trees in the Yungaburra area that are well worth a visit.

If you would like to spend more time in Atherton Tablelands, check out our popular 2 Day Atherton Tablelands Tour today!

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