Waterfalls & Crater Lakes Day Tours:
There is 5 main companies that head up to the Atherton Tablelands on a day tour…
Mainly catering to the youth or adventure market, they also become great for those families travelling with teenagers too… anyone who wants an active day tour rather than a standard “site seeing” tour.
Most companies have a set itinerary (except us), they also have options with or without lunch for those on a budget and some offer overnight stays as well.
When finding a company that suits you, we suggest to think about what is important to you. Do you want to go to as many stops as possible? Do you prefer to chill out a bit more? Which places are a must do for you? (Josephine falls, Millaa Millaa falls, Dinner falls, Lake Eacham etc) Or are you after a cheap and cheerful tour with the basics? What’s there feedback like? These are a few pointers to start you off, there are many great tour operators out there all with unique differences so do a bit of research to find out what is most valueable for you… We can brag and brag about our tours all day and why you should book with us, but we’d like you to choose that for yourselves 🙂
Paronella Park is a dreamers destination, sold on the story of love Jose had for his wife…
A beautiful story about a husband and wife whom lived in a castle they built, surrounded by tropical lush vegetation and waterfalls and wildlife. How they made power, how they lived their lives, their parties, their social gatherings and finally how they grew into a family and eventually the lives of those that followed.
Few companies do day tours here, it’s also an easy self drive and options to stay overnight are also welcome by the park.
Camping & Hiking:
Tablelands boast of many waterholes, mountains to climb, bike tracks to follow, 4wd, Quad biking tours and more.
Camping grounds do need to be prebooked through Queensland National Parks, as they have rangers on a daily basis to check on the areas & keep it safe for all who roam it.
It is definately do-able, pick a destination and do a bit of research on things like weather at that time of the year, first aid safety for remote places, maybe some snake bite prevention guards or things to be aware of. Each location can be quite unique to the surrounding wildlife, hazzards etc so definately make sure you are prepared rather than just heading off… and let someone know where you are going and when they can expect to see or hear from you again.
Overnight Stays & Self-drives:
Farley & I do many overnight stays in the Tablelands area. We usually look at airbnbs or glamping or cabins depending what tickles our fancy.
Two nights is a good amount of time to start to indulge in nature, if you have more time up your sleeve than 3 nights is better but this all depends on what you want from your dream holiday.
We head up here to unwind and relax, take a breather from technology, city life and go back to the basics… Sometimes we go for wildlife, other times we have gone to see a movie at the outdoor cinema and stayed a few extra nights.
Self drives are easy to do for those use to driving Australian roads, Australian road rules and are confident/comfortable on the road. Take a means of a map with you as it is easy to get lost or take a wrong turn or road, which can waste valuable time.