TRAVELLING TO THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS
Tropical North Queensland is undeniably one of the most exciting and diverse regions to visit in Australia and the Atherton Tablelands sits at the very heart of it – prepare to fall in love with this diverse and stunning region. With its breathtaking waterfalls, scenic vistas at every turn, impressive lakes, lush rainforest and rugged outback, a visit to the Atherton Tablelands promises to be one of great contrast, beauty and exploration.
People often ask what is the best thing about the Atherton Tablelands but if you have ever visited the region, you will have discovered there is more than one.
There’s no better way to start your day than coffee and a scrumptious breakfast. Discover a feast for all your senses at Coffee Works, which has locations in both Mareeba, Atherton and Port Douglas. This original boutique Roastery and Chocolaterie of the Tropics offers an all day, unlimited tasting experience of coffees, teas, chocolates and liqueurs that will have you buzzing.
HISTORIC VILLAGE HERBERTON
Herberton is the oldest town on the Atherton Tablelands and its entire precinct is listed on the National Heritage Register.
Historic Village Herberton is an astounding collection of Australiana in an historic hamlet of more than 50 buildings on the edge of the Herberton township. Spanning two centuries, the dwellings, vehicles, memorabilia and antiques which fill this cultural asset have been meticulously resurrected and inventively displayed.
Herberton is 136 km south-west of Port Douglas and 60 km south-west of Cairns situated on the Wild River.
Share one man’s passion for crystals and fossils at the Crystal Caves. Journey through Rene’s man-made tunnels and grottos and marvel at natural crystals and prehistoric fossils on a self-guided tour of the Crystal Caves. Covering an area of 300 sq meters, the interactive displays allow you to touch and photograph over 600 specimens. Crystal Caves is located in Atherton, 119 km south-west from Port Douglas via Julatten and 80 km west of Cairns via Gordonvale.
Watch the spectacular Davies Creek Falls plunge 75 metres in the valley below. Start the Davies Creek circuit is a 1.1 klm (20 minutes) walk through woodland to lookouts from the Davies Creek Falls circuit car park. Tracks may have a short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps. Davies Creek is located 108 klms from Port Douglas via Julatten and 56 klms from Cairns via Kuranda.
MILLAA MILLAA FALLS & THE WATERFALLS CIRCUIT
At 850 metres above sea level, the town of Millaa Millaa is nestled among emerald hills surrounded by lush dairy pastures, majestic rainforests and those magnificent cascades.
The 17-kilometre waterfall circuit and rainforest-clad Wooroonooran National Park are just two of the natural attractions that bring visitors to the mild climate of this town.
The circuit begins at Teresa Creek Road, just south of the township of Millaa Millaa encompassing Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie Falls and Ellinjaa Falls. Together, these falls are the most photographed waterfalls in Australia.
There are plenty more things to see and do on the Atherton Tablelands, this list is just a taster to get you inspired for your adventure. Find yourself spoiled for choice in this stunning region on an unforgettable self-drive journey, and see for yourself the changing landscape of the Atherton Tablelands.
Leave your pets at home; take any rubbish out with you; don't feed the wildlife and don't pollute the water.
Enjoy yourself and leave nothing but footsteps and take nothing but photographs!
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