Starting just south-west of Cairns and rising more than 900m above sea level, the Atherton Tableland is a fertile volcanic region, a haven for many bird species and an incredible range of wildlife including the elusive platypus and the rare Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo.
A cooler climate, courtesy of its altitude, fertile basalt soils, good rainfall and plenty of sunshine makes the Tableland the ideal place for farming, delivering delicious produce such as mangoes, citrus, strawberries, bananas, dairy products, tea and coffee amongst many others. You can even grab fresh produce from one of the many roadside farm-gate stalls – just drop your money into the honesty box, hey!
Driving South – it’s all about sugarcane and banana farmland… lots of bananas.
Our itinerary includes easy scenic walks through the rainforest and across elevated rainforest canopy walkways, beautiful waterfalls surrounded by thick vegetation, a scenic drive with a bit of local history thrown in, followed by a cruise along the river to spot some local crocs. An Italian Buffet Lunch and fruit tasting is included and a swimming opportunity depending on the situation.
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Many visitors to Cairns miss this area, but for us is a must do, no doubt. This tour offers more of a scenic itinerary that includes easy walking trails through dense rainforest, a drive through farmland surroundings and a visit to a volcanic crater lake at Lake Barrine for a cruise and to sample some of Queensland’s best home baked scones. And you won’t believe the seriously giant fig trees we’re going to see. We’ll check if the Eastern Grey Kangaroos are feeling sociable today and then do a brief stop in Kuranda for lunch and to board the scenic Skyrail Gondola Cableway for a trip gliding above the rainforest canopy down to the coast.
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This tour is not about the souvenirs and mass tourism trails, but more of the natural and local’s side of Kuranda. Set at over 300m above the sea level Kuranda is up to 4º cooler than the coastal plain below.
On this tour we glide over the rainforest canopy and across the spectacular Barron Gorge and Kuranda National Parks aboard Skyrail Gondola Cableway. In Kuranda you will enjoy a private, guided rainforest walk and have time-out to enjoy lunch at your choice of one of many of the local’s favourites that you will discover in Kuranda’s vibrant and colourful rainforest market setting.
We will also drive the famous Kuranda Range Road and head north along coast along the scenic Captain Cook Highway to meet some local fauna, including the dinosaur’s closest living relative, the Cassowary and the awesome Estuarine Crocodile.
Now that’s a good taste of the tropics!
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