The Atherton Tablelands is the area that lies ‘above and behind’ Cairns, at the top of the mountains that surround the city. It’s like an entirely different destination. Its elevation means it has a cooler climate and the landscape is an interesting mix of crater lakes, pockets of rainforest with tumbling waterfalls, farming and agricultural land. Historically, the region was rich with metals and minerals and was once home to an array of mining townships. You can revisit this history at the Herberton Historic Village.

This is a great day tour destination, or somewhere you may even choose to stay overnight. There’s lots of townships, including Yungaburra, Malanda, Atherton, Mareeba and Kuranda. The Atherton Tablelands is also home to a diverse array of native and introduced plants and animals. We’re talking tree kangaroos, cassowaries and platypus. Tea and coffee plantations, mango farms, dairies and boutique wineries. The food is fresh and fabulous and local markets provide great shopping opportunities. Breathe in the fresh air.


So much! The Atherton Tablelands offers a wide array of tours, attractions and destinations. There’s definitely, something here for everyone. Nature lovers will enjoy the rainforest and giant trees, crater lakes and tropical waterfalls. Foodies will love the local tea, coffee and handmade chocolates. Adventure seekers might choose a microlight flight or hot air ballooning. There’s Aboriginal tours and attractions, cable cars and more.

Don’t know where to begin? Contact John at Tropical Class Tours today to create the perfect itinerary, for your Tropical Tablelands escape. Phoe 0424 044 894 or email


Tropical Class Tours provide personalised guided tours to the Atherton Tablelands. Our guides are knowledgeable about the best places to visit and things to do.

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Want to book your own tour, but don’t know where to start? No problems, we also offer assisted tour bookings with professional Tour Desk Agents.

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Prestigious private vehicle transfers and transport to and from the airport, Cairns and Port Douglas to various locations across the Atherton Tablelands. 7 days a week.

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