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6 things to do in the Atherton Tablelands

The Atherton Tablelands, located in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, known as the Tablelands. The Tablelands are a stunning highland region with lush rainforests, waterfalls, farmlands, and charming villages. Are you ready to explore the Atherton Tablelands, but don’t know where to start? This is my list of some of the best things to do in the Atherton Tablelands.

Atherton Tablelands
Atherton Tablelands

I want to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the lands mentioned in the post, and pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Mareeeba is the traditional home of the Muluridji people. Lake Eacham is the traditional home to Ngadjon-Jii people. Lake Barrin is the traditional home of the Yidinji people. Atherton is the traditional home of the Wadjanbarra Yidi people. Yungaburra is the traditional home of the Dulguburra Yidinji people and neighbouring Ngadjoni people.

Hot Air Ballooning in Mareeba

Amazing ballooning excursions are offered by Hot Air in Mareeba. Their tours can organise a pick up from Port Douglas and Cairns. They’ve been in business for over 25 years and really made our trip special.

Mareeba is located in the Atherton Tablelands and is the starting point for all hot air balloon excursions. Mareeba is the perfect location for a hot air ballooning. Because Mareeba is a flat, high area for farming you have a plethora of places to land.

Take a dip in Lake Eacham

Lake Eacham in the Atherton Tablelands
Lake Eacham

The Lake Eacham area of the Crater Lakes National park was formerly known as Yidyam and Wiinggina. The park and its associated lakes were reportedly formed over 12,000 years ago by volcanic eruptions. Local Aboriginal dreamtime stories say that Yamini, a massive rainbow serpent, created the lake after two young boys destroyed the surrounding trees. Yamini transformed the land into a lake and drowned the boys.

Turtle
Turtle in Lake Eacham

The water of Lake Eacham is relatively clear, making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Some of the fish and turtles may be visible. The picnic area features a large boat ramp for launching kayaks, canoes, or small boats directly in front of it.

Visit the Lake Barrin Tea House

Lake Barrin Tea House

Resting at the edge of the glimmering Lake Barrine sits a beautiful two-story teahouse. Here you can have breakfast and lunch items made from locally sourced ingredients. The teahouse makes its hot coffee and award-winning Devonshire tea. A romantic way to start the day is by sipping a hot beverage on a balcony, while gazing out over Lake Barrine.

Lake Barrin Teahouse Gardens

The pristine walkway leading to the teahouse is edged with brightly coloured flowers and butterflies, making an enjoyable stroll. This is one of my favourite places to visit in the Atherton Tablelands.

Explore the Crystal Caves shop

Crystal Caves shop in Atherton
Crystal Caves, Atherton

René Boissevain is a passionate man who spend his life travelling every corner of the world to collect crystals.

Embark on a self-guided trip through Rene’s artificial crystal tunnels and caverns. Learn about René’s love of natural crystals and ancient fossils. Over 600 specimens from all over the world are on display in a 300 m2 store. Explore, interact with and photograph the crystals as you venture through the cavern.

Curtain Fig Tree National Park

Curtain Fig Tree National Park

One of the little known stops in the Atherton Tablelands is the amazing 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree near Yungaburra. This amazing fig is located in the Curtain Fig National Park. Located only a few kilometres from Yungaburra and is a proud landmark for the town.

Visit the Yungaburra Hotel

Yungaburra Hotel

Yungaburra is located in a region where the landscape has been altered by volcanic activity for more than 420 million years. Green pastures, waterfalls, volcanic crate lakes, and rainforest have all been left behind by this geological activity.

The Atherton Tablelands are proud of the Yungaburra Hotel, also called the Lake Eacham Hotel, which was built in 1920. It has Federation architecture and historic photo exhibits from the regions early saw milling era. They offer fantastic meals and are the place to go for family dinners, dances, get-togethers, and a ton of other activities.

Yungaburra Hotel a Tourists Ten Commandments
Yungaburra Hotel

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