On the fringes, the sprawling countryside of the Atherton Tablelands race to meet the forest.
Here, the volcanic landscape offers a stark contrast to the green canopies of the Daintree. Amongst it all, you can discover cascading waterfalls, shimmering lakes, and several national parks, all of which span a terrain that can reach an altitude of more than 1,000m in certain spots.
The Atherton Tablelands are one of Australia’s unspoiled dreamworlds, with geological wonders and exciting adventures in plenty of abundances!
So, what are some of the awesome activities and sights that await you in the Atherton Tablelands?
The Kuranda Scenic Railway
The Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of Australia’s most spectacular passenger journeys. Traversing lush tropical rainforest and steep ravines, the world famous Kuranda railway is the one of the ultimate ways to immerse yourself in the beauty of far north Queensland!
You will glide past cascading waterfalls and soaring peaks, through tranquil forest settings and numerous tunnels, before ending up in the vibrant town of Kuranda itself.
The mighty saltwater crocodile, or “salty”, is synonymous with tropical north Queensland, and the Atherton Tablelands is one of the best places to see these prehistoric beasts in the flesh! Croc-spotting boat tours are one of the most amazing experiences in this wondrous part of the world, but you have to ensure that your hands are kept within the boat at all times so that croc doesn’t mistake it for lunch!
This marvellous geological landform was formed over 10,000 years of sandstone erosion, making it a surreal, almost otherworldly place to visit. This gorge is unique to other gorges in the region as it narrows to widths of only two metres, making it an incredible place to traverse via boat. It is a truly gorgeous and vibrant part of the Atherton Tablelands that provide a sense of freedom and wonder.
Rainforestation Nature Park
The Atherton Tablelands are home to some of Australia’s most lush tropical rainforest, and the Rainforestation Nature Park is one of the best ways to experience it. Climbing aboard a WWII era amphibious craft, you will be taken through this incredible, award-winning nature park by land and water.
Here, you will also traverse the Tropical Fruits Orchard, where 40 species of exotic fruits are grown, as well as learn about Indigenous culture and heritage with the interactive Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. Try your hand at boomerang and spear throwing and join in the song with didgeridoo playing!
Undara is a centre of geological wonders, with ancient lava tubes, Aussie bush and expansive savannahs all making up this amazing part of Queensland. What makes it even better is the way the locals put on an awesome experience for visitors: there is some serious outback hospitality going on here, with bush breakfasts and opera shows, making it one of the most unique experiences you could possibly have in far north Queensland! There is also the Undara Outback Rock and Blues festival if the opera wasn’t enough.