Discover the incredible Atherton Tablelands
For a scenic, country escape from Cairns, you can't go past the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. The region is home to a lot of attractions, spread out between interesting small towns. VroomVroomVroom has put together a list of some of the best places to visit when you are in the Atherton Tablelands.
See stunning waterfalls
The Millaa Millaa Falls circuit is a breath-taking trip, and well worth the effort to get there. The waterfall circuit consists of the photogenic Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie Falls, Elinjaa Falls, Pepina Falls and Mungalli Falls. Millaa Millaa is located just over 30 minutes from Atherton, offering easy road access to the waterfalls.
These are not the only waterfalls that are worth a visit in the Atherton Tablelands. Head toward the town of Ravenshoe and stop by the impressive Millstream Falls. Nearby Mareeba you will find Emerald Creek Falls.
Sample some local food
The Atherton Tablelands is renowned for the food produced there. Near Atherton, you will find the popular Peanut Place where you can try their chocolate peanut butter. Just outside of town you will come across Shaylee Strawberries and Gallo Dairyland, an unmissable stop if you are a fan of chocolate or cheese.
Mungalli Creek Dairy is another popular stop on the Tablelands trail. Their products can be found in stores around the Tablelands, and in some outlets in Cairns. The region is also famous for coffee and tea, as Mareeba is responsible for 75 per cent of Australia's coffee growth. A number of small towns also have great cafes and restaurants, like the town of Yungaburra. If you are passing through, Nick's Restaurant serves up some delicious Italian food.
Discover unique plants and wildlife
The Atherton Tablelands is home to interesting flora and fauna that is unique to Far North Queensland. If you're passing through Malanda, see if you can spot an elusive tree kangaroo at the local visitor centre. When heading down the Kuranda Range keep an eye out for cassowaries, and spot other birdlife in areas like Hasties Swamp and the Mareeba Tropical Savannah Wetlands. If you are interested in discovering the local fauna, check out rainforest giants like the Curtain Fig Tree, Giant Red Cedar and Cathedral Fig.
Have a picnic by the lake
Lake Tinaroo, Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine are all local favourites. Have a picnic by the shore or take a boat out sailing and enjoy the sunny weather. Lake Tinaroo is open all year for fishing, but you will need a permit. You can purchase these from the caravan park shop at the Lake Tinaroo Township.