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Barron Gorge: Half-Day Barron River White-Water Rafting

1. Barron Gorge: Half-Day Barron River White-Water Rafting

Experience white-water rafting in Barron Gorge National Park, known for its rugged rainforest mountains, steep ravines, and the falls carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River. Enjoy complimentary transfers from Cairns or Port Douglas before heading to the national park. Meet your guide at Lake Placid, and get ready for your river rafting tour on the river. Enjoy the area’s scenic beauty and a combination of calm water and a series of white-water rapids as well. Spend two hours navigating rapids up to grade three. No experience is necessary, making this a good choice for beginning rafters. There is also plenty of excitement for the more experienced.

Paronella Park, Lake Barrine, and Milla Milla Falls Day Tour

2. Paronella Park, Lake Barrine, and Milla Milla Falls Day Tour

Departure from Cairns, we head south travelling past Walsh’s Pyramid, one of the largest naturally formed pyramids in the world. Here your guide will stop so you can grab a photo of this unique North Queensland landmark. Now it’s time to travel up the World Heritage listed Gillies Highway climbing 730 metres above sea level whilst enjoying the breathtaking views over the Goldsborough Valley. Just before the top of the amazing Gillies Range is a short photo opportunity at the Heales Lookout before heading into the gorgeous Atherton Tablelands. Our first stop is beautiful World Heritage Listed Lake Barrine Crater Lake National Park. On arrival, your tour guide will take you on a short walk to visit the 1000-year-old Twin Kauri Pines, true giants of the rainforest. Enjoy a Wonderful Devonshire Morning Tea, before we depart and head to the historical town of Yungaburra. This beautiful village is recognised as having the most Nationally Listed Heritage buildings in Queensland. Here your guide will take you on a driving tour around this quaint town showcasing the many Nationally Heritage buildings. Next stop is The Curtain Fig Tree located in the Curtain Fig Tree National Park. This amazing feat of nature reaching 45+ metres up into the tropical rainforest canopy. Here your guide will guide you around on the boardwalk interpreting the amazing formation of this 600-800-year old epiphyte while also looking out for endemic wildlife species in the rainforest canopy, like the rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. From here, we will head through the historical dairy town of Malanda, home to Australia’s oldest continuously running commercial picture theatre. Your guide will drive you around this charming town showcasing the beautiful old pub & theatre. Travelling through extensive beef, dairy, sugar cane & other diverse types of farming areas, we arrive at Millaa Millaa Falls – one of Australia’s most photographed waterfalls. Here you will have an option of swimming under the cool waters falling 20 metres over an ancient volcanic lava flow formed over 1 million years ago or you can sit back, relax & enjoy the tranquility of nature. Now it’s time to descend from the mountains down the Palmerstone Highway through sugar cane & banana fields to the coastal town of Innisfail, where we enjoy our delicious Lunch. Paronella Park is the next destination with a 45-minute guided tour in English, Chinese or Japanese. The tour will guide you through the extensive National Trust Gardens while learning the rich history of Hose Paronella’s wonderful achievements & his colourful history of how he built his Spanish Castle in the rainforest; you will have amazing photo opportunities of the breathtaking Mena Creek & Theresa falls & much more. We spend approx 2.5 hours here allowing plenty of free time to enjoy the rest of the park at a leisurely pace after the guided walk. We then make our way back to Cairns.

Port Douglas: Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride

3. Port Douglas: Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride

See the Atherton Tablelands from the sky on a hot air balloon tour. Marvel at the colors of the sunrise, spot birds soaring through the air, and see the balloon inflate.  Meet your experienced ballooning team at Atherton Tablelands first thing in the morning, in time to witness the inflation of the hot air balloons. Times vary seasonally to correspond with the sunrise. Experience the fun and unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with a full flight experience.  Soar over the patchwork panorama below. Watch out for the variety of Australian birdlife and take in the peace and serenity that is hot air ballooning.

Port Douglas: Breakfast with the Birds

4. Port Douglas: Breakfast with the Birds

Escape to a wondrous free-flight aviary and have a dining experience like no other. Breakfast among birds and other wildlife at the picturesque new Koala Habitat in Curlew Café, located at the heart of the Wetlands Habitat.  Enjoy comfortable banquet-style seating with up to 10 people on each table and interact with and feed koalas, kangaroos, colorful birds, and more in a relaxed spacious setting. Dine family-style in an exclusive seated area on fresh local produce from the surrounding area and food-rich Atherton Tablelands. Learn more about the diverse wildlife from the passionate gamekeepers and enjoy all the wildlife presentations!

Cairns: Shore Excursion Guided Food and Wine Tour

5. Cairns: Shore Excursion Guided Food and Wine Tour

This tour commences at the cruise ship terminal in Cairns departing between 8:00- 9:00am where you will be met by our professional tour guide. From here you will be whisked away and transported up the picturesque mountain range to the Atherton Tablelands, a gem waiting to be explored. You will enjoy a tantilizing tea and scone tasting for brunch and you might even spot a rare Far North Queensland Tree Kangaroo. From here, you will experience gin, beer, distillery and wine tastings throughout the many towns scattered throughout the Atherton Tablelands. You will then return and be back safety on your cruise ship between 4:00-5:00pm ready for your next adventure.

From Sydney: 21-Day East Coast Tour to Cairns with Lodging

6. From Sydney: 21-Day East Coast Tour to Cairns with Lodging

Travel by private coach from Sydney to Cairns, so you can see more, do more and have the best experience the East Coast has to offer! There are lots of stops along the way for walks, waterfalls, quirky towns and to spot wildlife where it should be - in the wild. Stay in amazing boutique resorts, safari tents, hostels and eco-lodges. A variety of meals are included as well as some incredible activities such as a 3 day 4WD Safari on K'Gari (Fraser Island), 2 nights sailing in the Whitsunday Islands, local food and wine tastings, and an Aboriginal cultural experience where we give back to the local community.Y You’ll travel with a local guide (who will share their insider knowledge) and a bunch of like-minded travellers (who will become lifelong friends) and explore everything that Aussie has to offer in style!

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What people are saying about Atherton Tablelands

We had such an awesome time out on the river with the raging thunder crew! Our guide Jackie was a legend, entertaining and informative and so good at tailoring our experience so that our whole group enjoy every aspect. We loved how many opportunities there were to jump in the water and cool off and how many laughs we had, at the expense of ourselves and some of the other boats. We were all first timers and will now seek out every opportunity to go down rapids again, so much fun!

I love birds and enjoyed the experience interacting with two birds in particular. Breakfast included a wide variety of foods.

Nice relaxed breakfast meeting some very friendly birds and Koalas. Nice to do with family and not rushed or crowded.

So much fun. Would go again. Felt very safe for my partner who did it for the first time

Awesome guides, awesome rafting. Shout out to Dan for making it fun!