Travel West of Cairns and you will come across the Atherton Tablelands, a large region comprised of small townships and a vast selection of natural attractions.
Spanning a great distance, the Atherton Tablelands provide a brilliant contrast in regards to ecosystems and wildlife habitats, with plenty of national parks, wetlands, natural caves, rainforests and lakes to explore along the way, plus some beautiful traditional townships.
Looking for a quiet country town? Established in 1890, Yungaburra is a very popular stop off for those travelling around the area, providing a slow paced charm that has remained relatively unchanged, with many of the original buildings that were erected upon the towns creation still in existence.
Around the Atherton Tablelands, you will come across fantastic natural wonders, including the Chillagoe Caves, a limestone labyrinth of caves and passages that were once ancient coral reefs.
Head North-east of the township of Atherton and you will discover the iconic Lake Tinaroo (also known as Tinaroo Dam), a man made dam surrounded by national park that serves as a popular recreational facility and location for water sports, hiking, fishing and camping.
Waterfalls and waterholes also warrant a visit, including the scenic Milla Milla Falls. Spanning at over 18 metres high, the falls are a scenically beautiful location to stop off and take a swim in the cool waterhole that sits at the base of the waterfall itself.
There are plenty of tours that service the region, so visitors have the choice of taking a guided visit of the region or hiring a car and exploring the bounty of locations at their own leisure. Also, be aware that Atherton Tablelands can get significantly colder than its neighbouring regions like Cairns and Port Douglas, so pack warm clothes as temperatures can drop rapidly in the evening.