The Atherton Tablelands is home to World Heritage rainforests, impressive mountain ranges, cascading waterfalls, jungle-fringed volcanic crater lakes and spectacular natural scenery, all within a day’s touring.
From what is claimed to be the most photographed waterfall in Australia, Millaa Millaa Falls, to the historical tin mining town of Herberton, the first town on the Atherton Tablelands, it is an area to explore and experience.
From Herberton it is only a short drive to Mt Hypipamee Crater National Park, where a short walk takes you to the crater, a huge volcanic vent hole that plunges 120m to the water, itself a further 70m deep.
The region incorporates the townships of Yungaburra, Malanda, Millaa Millaa, Ravenshoe, Herberton, Atherton and Mareeba. Atherton is located in the centre of the Tablelands, about 80km from Cairns.
There is plenty of camping, including five bush camping areas at Lake Tinaroo, about 12km from Atherton. These campsites must be pre-booked by phoning 13 74 68 or visiting www.npsr.qld.gov.au. Camping fees apply ($6.15 per person or $24.60 per family per night).
Atherton Visitor Centre on 07 4091 4222 or visit www.itablelands.com.au for more information.