- Devonshire Morning Tea. Scones and tea/coffee at Lake Barrine Teahouse.
- Rainforest Lakeside Walk. Visit the twin kauri pines at Lake Barrine.
- Curtain Fig Tree and elevated rainforest boardwalk.
- Millaa Millaa Falls, including time for a swim.
- Quality Lunch at a local restaurant.
- Paronella Park including priority entry, 45-minute guided tour free time to explore.
- Visit Iconic Local Landmarks, Including Walsh’s Pyramid, Heales Lookout, Yungaburra, Curtain Fig Tree, Malanda, Crawford’s Lookout, Millaa Millaa Falls.
- Rainforest Swim at Babinda Boulders (time permitting).
- Taste The Tropics. Buy your own locally grown tropical fruit at local fruit stall.
- Return Hotel Transfers (Cairns area only). Paid transfers available for northern beaches hotels ($28 per person) or make your way to collection points.
- Attractions and all national parks permit fees as per itinerary.
- Small Group Touring in comfortable, air-conditioned buses.
Tablelands Tour including Waterfalls & Paronella Park
Join our small group Tablelands Tour for a full day of discovery through the Wet Tropics rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands and Wooroonooran National Park. You will visit must-see attractions including Lake Barrine, Milla Milla Falls, the Curtain Fig Tree and of course, historic Paronella Park. Our accredited, expert guides provide insights into this unique part of the world, including its Aboriginal cultural history and ancient plant and animal life. Swim in a rainforest waterfall, enjoy a volcanic crater lake and revel in the history and tranquility of Paronella Park.
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- Departs Cairns: Between 7.15am-7.45am
- Returns Cairns: Approx 6.00pm-6.30pm
Your full-day discovery tour of the Atherton Tablelands and Paronella Park starts with a coach pickup from your Cairns and then travelling south from Cairns in our air-conditioned coach, your first photo opportunity is at the towering Walsh’s Pyramid, a Cairns icon and one of the largest naturally formed pyramids in the world at over 900 metres in height.
Onwards through the verdant green landscape of the Goldsborough Valley, we commence our ascent into the cool tropical rainforest climes of the Atherton Tablelands via the Gillies Highway. Rainforest giants stand sentinel over our winding path, breaking momentarily at Heales lookout for a spectacular vista over the valley and out to the Coral Sea.
Our first stop in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area comes at Lake Barrine, in Crater Lakes National Park, where a short guided walk with our expert guide reveals the area’s ancient natural history at the 1000-year-old twin kauri pines, true giants of the rainforest.
After a walk imbibing the rainforest ambience, it’s time for Devonshire tea: enjoy freshly-baked scones with jam and cream, washed down with locally-grown, fresh brewed tea and coffee. You can then relax in the teahouse overlooking Lake Barrine, or take a leisurely walk through the rainforest walking tracks, keeping watch in the water for eels and turtles, in the trees for Boyd’s forest dragons and on the rainforest floor for Australia’s most ancient marsupial: the musky rat-kangaroo.
Next stop is the historical town of Yungaburra, where your guide will share the township’s logging past, taking you on a driving tour around this quaint town and showcasing the many heritage-listed buildings. He will even stop for a photo or two! From Yungaburra it is a short drive to the Curtain Fig Tree, which towers more than 45 metres into the rare Mabi forest of its namesake, Curtain Fig Tree National Park. Leading a fascinating boardwalk tour, your guide shares the unlikely story behind the formation of this 600-800 year-old epiphyte, while also looking out for unique wildlife in the rainforest canopy, like green ring-tailed possums, eastern whip birds, Victoria’s rifle birds the rare Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo.
Next is a driving tour through the historical dairy town of Malanda, before we arrive at Millaa Millaa Falls. It’s one of Australia’s most-photographed waterfalls! Jump into the cool rainforest waters and shower under the falls as they tumble over 20 metres from volcanic lava flow formed over 1 million years ago. Or, sit and enjoy the sights and sounds from the rainforest canopy.
We descend from the Atherton Tablelands via the Palmerston Highway and through the traditional lands of the Mamu people, passing expansive sugar cane and banana fields to the coastal town of Innisfail. With lunch included, you’ll enjoy a hot buffet at Roscoe’s Pizza Place. The extensive National Trust-listed gardens at Paronella Park are our next stop, where a 45-minute guided tour in English, Chinese or Japanese tells the story of the park’s memorable architecture, set amongst sprawling tropical gardens and inspired by founder José Paronella’s dream of a Spanish castle. With 2.5 hours here, you’ll have ample time to explore the grounds, appreciate its history and capture some memorable moments.
Now, we head north towards Cairns, stopping at a local banana farm where you can buy your very own taste of the tropics with local bananas, papaya and seasonal, home-grown fruit. Onwards past Babinda, where — time permitting — we stop for another dip at Babinda Boulders, sampling the tranquil waters nestled between striking granite boulders.
Following these northern portions of the Great Dividing Range home with a full day of rainforest, history and waterfalls behind us, it is approximately a 50-60 minute drive back to the city of Cairns and onwards to your accommodation, arriving between 6.00 – 6.30pm