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Places you don’t want to miss on your day to the Atherton Tablelands from Cairns

Our green bus at Millaa Millaa falls

Located at an hour’s drive to south-west of Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland, lies the cooler-climate of The Atherton Tablelands that accents of a wide variety of landscapes and attractions. A region that changes from agricultural land, to scrub forest, to ancient rainforests, it is definitely a natural wonder which is worth exploring. Everything from ranges and waterfalls, to spectacular national parks and coffee plantations, make Atherton Tableland Tour a must do for any adventurer heading to Cairns.

Barefoot Tours are bringing you one day tour of the natural wonders of Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands, giving you the best opportunity to visit different parts of the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest. Bring your friends or family with you or come alone, make new friends and have an amazing time of your life.

Here is the list or places you’ll explore when you venture to the region with Barefoot Tours.


A bright photo of the Cathedral Fig Tree in Atherton Tablelands Australia with Barefoot ToursCurtain or Cathedral Fig Tree

Our first spot of the tour stands tall just a few kilometres from the township of Yungaburra, the famous Curtain Fig Tree. With simply majestic visuals, this is a mighty monster of the ancient Mabi rainforest. Estimated to be over 500 years old, Cathedral Fig Tree is just over 50 meters tall with a trunk circumference of 39. It is one of the iconic tourists sightseeing attractions in the Atherton Tableland.




Looking through the trees to the Volcanic Crater Lake Eacham

Lake Eacham

Clear, blue lake surrounded by lush rainforest, Lake Eacham offers swimming, bird watching, canoeing, picnic areas and much more. Take your morning tea by enjoying forest-fringed views of the lake along with the company of some wildlife. There are over 180 bird species recorded in the rainforest, and you might even get lucky to see the small musky rat kangaroo as well.




Malanda Town

Malanda is a small county town and is partially surrounded by rainforest. The town is famous for its Malanda falls that are at the edge of the town and give great visual treats. The town has some great shops. As compared to its size, Malanda offers a very impressive range of shopping, with some great specialty shops selling local crafts and antiques. We’ll stop here to pick up fresh food for our picnic lunch. You will also find local wildlife including many species of rare rainforest animals and birds such as tree climbing kangaroos, platypus, bandicoot, possums and cassowary.




The Crater & Dinner Falls

Located in the Mt Hypipamee National Park, The Crater & Dinner Falls are going to be our picnic lunch spot. There is a total of three waterfalls here. The Hypipamee Crater is the main geological feature of this park. This crater was actually a deep hole filled with water and surrounded by cliffs.

This is a wonderful place to visit on a warm day. A lovely walk down to the fall leads to a safe swimming hole located at the very base of the waterfall. If you are an adventure loving person you can swim up to the bottom of the fall, making your way along the rocks.



Hair Flick TV Ad of Millaa Millaa falls

Millaa Millaa Falls

Located on the waterfall circuits, these magnificent waterfalls are surrounded by lush rainforest. The waterfall soars around 18 meters skywards and you can find a pool at the base which makes it a perfect spot for an afternoon dip. Due to its aesthetic appeal and iconic representation, it has become one of the most famous waterfalls in the Atherton Tableland. These falls haven’t changed at all over the past century, which makes it an area rich in history and natural beauty. You might even get lucky to catch a glimpse of platypus.




Josephine Falls Natural Rock Slide and Stunning beauty

Josephine Falls

The beauty of Josephine Falls offers whiffs of exoticism. Crystal clear water, Wet Tropics Rainforest, natural waterslides and large boulders to relax on, sounds like a dream, right? That is how Josephine falls are. Memories of afternoon tea at this delightful swimming spot are going to be with you for a long time.

Platform allows a safe view of the fall, which also has wheelchair access at the top pool with stairs leading down to the bottom pool. The water conditions here can be a little unpredictable and hazardous. Stay clear of the restricted area at all costs as some serious injuries and deaths have occurred.

Apart from the above-mentioned places, we might stop on some other great places. Our occasional stops include Malanda falls, Zillie falls, Babinda boulders, Ellinjaa falls, Henrietta creek, Tchupala falls, Wallicher falls, Nandroya Falls and a few lookouts on the way up/down which are not behind from anyone in offering picturesque views and adventure opportunities.

Our Upsells:

  • Great Barrier Reef Trip
  • Hiking Day Tours
  • Mission Beach Day Tour

Great Barrier Reef Trip

Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of some the world’s largest coral reefs which makes it one of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts. The reef has hundreds of the picturesque tropical island and is abundance of marine life. It has over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays which make it such a great tourist destination. The reef has a lot to offer including snorkeling, scuba diving, glass-bottomed boat viewing, whale watching, swimming with dolphins and much more.

Mission Beach & Dunk Island Day Tour

Situated between Cairn and Townsville, Mission Beach is a relaxed beachfront. Here is where the reef and the rainforest meet and there is plenty of things to do for all ages. At Mission Beach you will find adventure and satisfaction both in equal measure. You will find vibrant art, food and rich culture which invite you to relax and unwind.

With so much to offer, Atherton Tablelands is a paradise for tourists and adventurers. Barefoot Tours aim to make the most of your time spend in this region. So, lose yourself from the worries of travel and food, and let us make your trip the most memorable trip of your life.