The Atherton Tablelands often referred to as Cairns Highlands

Discover a plateau in North Queensland, Australia.  Made up of several picturesque towns, natural falls, pristine rainforest and the rolling green foothills of the Great Dividing Range. You can not visit our region without checking out the Atherton Tablelands!

Situated well into the tropics. About an hour and a half southwest of Cairns. The Tablelands offer an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy nature.

Crater lakes and waterfalls left over by ancient volcanic activity. Along with the tranquil waters of Lake Tinaroo offer a variety of water activities.

Miles of rainforest! A paradise for hikers. The wetlands have long been considered one of Australia’s foremost bird watching areas.

Visitors agree that the Tablelands are a must-see on any holiday to the Northern Region.


The Atherton Tablelands
Mungalli Farm, Atherton Tablelands

Only minutes into the drive past the small town of Kuranda, tourists begin to experience the extraordinary beauty that surrounds them and at once begin to unwind.

The mild climate and comfortable temperatures make the Tablelands a desirable year-round holiday destination.

Unique accommodations dot the magnificent scenery. Discover quaint Bed and Breakfasts. With their reasonable prices and delectable food, are becoming ever popular. Perfect for international as well as domestic holiday seekers.

Discover the rich history of the Atherton Tablelands

In addition to its incredible beauty, the Tablelands have a diverse and interesting history.

More than a dozen Aboriginal tribes who thrived on rainforest animals, fish and lush vegetation called this home. They were then forced to retreat to make way for the region’s more recent settlers.

The Chinese pioneered agriculture in the area. Dug wells for irrigation and started what continues to be a flourishing dairy industry.


The rich, red soil provides the perfect environment for producing crops and raising cattle.

To cover everything the Tablelands has to offer would take pages to write and weeks to experience. One thing for sure is, whether looking for an adventure filled with excitement or a tropical escape to hide away in. The Atherton Tablelands has something for everyone.