At the Nerada tea plantation, the sight of several rare Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos high in the branches of trees is as welcome as the tea and scones served in the café.

This privately owned nature park features gorgeous and fascinating volcanic formed scenery stretching over a diverse landscape of volcanic boulders, native bushland and bubbling creeks. Camping is available along with a range of activities including feeding the rock wallabies and many walking tracks.

There's some excellent viewing platforms which makes from some great photos at these last falls. It's not recommended you swim in these falls however, you can watch the platypus and turtles frolic in the waters.

In 2011 The Parish of Malanda celebrated its centenary. The timber business and dairy farmers in the area lobbied to have Malanda join the railway line and in late 1910 the first train came into station. The township is now known for its wonderful bird watching, art galleries and the stunning Malanda Falls.

Nevada Roller Rink which is located at the Burnden Sports Complex in Bolton is a fantastic day out for all the family as well as giving you all some exercise into the bargain as well. The centre aims to provide and make available to the community a...

Set on a huge 16 acres, the Historic Village Herberton is a colonial tin mining town with shops, pub, bank, chemist, grocer, printer and garage. Showcasing more than 50 fully restored period buildings, the village is truly the most significant outdoor village in all of Queensland. For those looking to visit the village, it is Read More

Chill Factore, which is based on Trafford Way in Manchester, gives you the ultimate winter sports experience indoors. The complex has a 180 metre long real snow slope which you will be able to ski or snowboard down so long as you are wearing the co...

Explore North Queensland’s World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, while discovering what Regional Food and Wine Producers have to...

Kuranda's rainforest twitters, growls and snaps with all manner of creatures...

The Wacky Warehouse Beehive is the perfect combination of family friendly dining with great fun! Part of the wider Wacky Warehouse chain, this particular dining experience not only has all the usual Wacky Warehouse fun and adventure that is expected ...

Discover more about the superb natural features and the many attractions of the Atherton Tablelands. In the air, on the water, or just on land, the choices here are inspiring. If you’d like help with all the choices, pick up a copy of our free regional guide, Discover magazine, from anywhere in the region, or ask one of the local volunteers at a Visitor Information Centre. Enjoy!

Take on the river rapids of the Tully River with a white water rafting adventure from Cairns! Step into a purpose-built raft and prepare for five hours of exhilarating white water rafting in this stunning location.

Follow the clouds of incense down to the Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets . Operating since 1978, they're still the best place to see artists at work and hippies at play...

A family owned and operated fully functional dairy farm on the banks of the Barron River. Established since 1937, the dairy is not only an educational experience but is sure to delight the tastebuds too, with handcrafted chocolates, gourmet cheese and delicious greek yoghurt all made on the premises and available for purchase.

On Safari which is based in Bolton is a great place for your kids to have a fantastic day out. The themed safari play centre features giant slides, climbing frames and ropes and ball ponds. The centre also has a separate area dedicated to toddlers ...

The AMF tenpin bowling alley, based at Wallgate in Wigan is a great venue for that classic family day out. The centre has twenty eight lanes meaning that you will rarely have to wait before you can start your bowling. Team up or take on the kids to...

Surrounded by 70 acres of stunning countryside, Smithills Open Farm is a family run business which delivers great family orientated days out. With new additions to the farm every week, the farm is residence to all kinds of animals from farmyard anima...

Take in the spectacular natural wonders of the region by exploring the picturesque waterfall circuits and lakes, explore the unusual volcanic features of the region: the twin emerald lakes of Barrine and Eacham, Undara National Park, and the Mt Hypipamee Crater.

The region of Far North Queensland provides an ideal climate to grow a range of delicious tropical fruits, producing some of the finest tropical wines, port and liqueurs in Australia. Head out west of Cairns to Mareeba and you will come across the amazing tropical taste sensation of de Brueys Boutique Wines! Established in 2003 Read More

Published annually by Tropical Tablelands Tourism, Discover magazine is our free 54 page regional guide, full of places to go and things to do.

There is nothing quite like bowling! The lights, the noise and of course that slightly competitive approach to family fun, it seems to bring out the best in every member of the family. AMF Hollywood Bowl Bolton manages to encapsulate everything that ...

The quirky Spy & Camera Museum at Herberton is owned and operated by photographer Michael Petersen, who offers guided tours of his treasure trove of strange and interesting cameras and spy equipment.

Who doesn't love spending time in the peaceful surroundings of the local park? Queens Park is a family friendly place with lots on offer and plenty of activities to keep the kids happy. Recently upgraded the park has a new play area with lots of fun ...

Discover the high-elevation landscapes of the Atherton and Southern tablelands on a rainforest and waterfalls excursion from Cairns. Spot rare kangaroos and the shy platypus, see some of Australia’s oldest and tallest trees, and take a morning cruise on tranquil Lake Barrine. Travel along the Waterfall Circuit to swim in Millaa Millaa Falls, and explore the romantic gardens and castle ruins at Paronella Park.

The Funhouse, based on Little Moss Lane in Swinton, is the perfect place for your kids to let off steam and have the time of their lives. The centre caters for play activities for children of all ages. For very young children and toddlers there is ...

Bookish types will love Spencer & Murphy Booksellers , a house transformed into a shop and packed with new and secondhand books...

Just 10km outside Malanda, the tea plantation runs tours of the factory, and the chance to relax in its garden or cafe over a cuppa.

The Tablelands has a beautiful temperate climate making it an ideal January to December destination. Avoid the rush, and go in the low season (Dec-April). The climate is comfortable, free of coastal humidity but still accessible to those coastal areas. Alternatively, come in the high season (July-Nov), and feel the heat of our tropical sun!

The Gillies Highway takes your from the southern side of Cairns and up into the mountains. It's impossible to get lost as the signage is great and it will take you past such sights as Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham.

If you and the kids are fascinated by the history of steam then you will love your family day out at Bolton Steam Museum. Developed over the last twenty years, the museum is the largest collection of fully working steam engines anywhere in the Unit...

Things to do in Atherton

There’s a two-level hide on the edge of the water, with plenty of information about what you’re seeing. Take your binoculars and camera and settle in to observe nature on the wing.

It's a beautiful scenic drive to take and the views from the road of the rainforest and sea are outstanding.

The elusive creatures are regular visitors to the plantation.

Curly Whirleez, which is based in Bolton, prides itself on being the largest play and activity centre for kids in the area. Your kids will love playing and exploring the massive multi-level play frame with a car track, large open wavy slides, a tub...

Moss Bank park is a popular destination for families because it is a fun family day out featuring a large play area, rides for the whole family, a mini steam train and wildlife gardens too. There's plenty to see and do for the whole family, suitable ...

See Australia's unique animals and birds in their natural environment on a rainforest wildlife-spotting tour in the Atherton Tablelands. Led by an expert nature guide, your small-group nocturnal tour visits a number of locations including lush tropical rainforest and a volcanic crater lake.

Better known as the 'Yungaburra Pub', the downstairs dining room and swirling wooden staircase of this grand old dame are original and inspirational: we hope they don't change a thing...

The Atherton Tablelands is around 90 kilometres south-west of Cairns. There are 2 ways to get to the Tablelands from Cairns and it really depends on which attractions you want to see.

JUTE Theatre Company passionately engages others in the telling of new Australian stories through theatre that stimulate the...

Bubble Soccer ‘Bubballz’ has arrived in Cairns. The latest craze in Europe has hit The Far North Tropics! Bubballz is at it’s absolute best in a group booking (hiring a minimum of 8 Bubballz for one hour). When it comes to entertainment in Cairns, Bubballz is perfect fun for birthday celebrations, bucks and hen’s outings, Read More