Only a 30-minute drive from Cairns CBD will lead you to what feels like a different world; the Atherton Tablelands. Amongst the World Heritage Listed Wet-Tropics Rainforest are a number quaint village towns including Kuranda, Mareeba and Yungaburra, offering boutique accommodation, rustic markets and abundance of wildlife.
The Atherton Tablelands is the perfect place to disconnect with technology and reconnect with nature – you’ll never want to leave! Spot rare and native wildlife such as cassowaries, tree kangaroos, Boyd’s Forest Dragons and many more that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
We’ve collated our favourite hotels and touring operators below. If you find something you like, follow the links to book directly with the business or feel free to drop us a message if you have any questions. Oh and just so you know, Unwind North Queensland exclusively promotes businesses that are locally-owned, COVID-safe and Good to Go!
Secluded in the rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands, Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat is home to 12 treehouses, all with total privacy suitable for honeymooners and families alike. All treehouses feature full kitchens, luxury baths, fireplaces, laundry facilities and balconies.
Guests can explore the 9kms of walking trails from their doorstep to pristine rainforest creeks where platypus reside. Discover a charming waterfall, abundant wildlife such as the endangered Cassowary, the smallest kangaroo in the world and over 160 bird species. Located just 90mins from Cairns.
The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere.
Located in the heart of Kuranda, only a short walk from Skyrail and the Kuranda Scenic Railway station, their sanctuary is home to over 1500 butterflies from a variety of species.
One of the most iconic images of the Atherton Tablelands is a scene of hot air balloons soaring above the landscape on a picture perfect morning. Taking to the skies over this beautiful area of the Tropical North is simply spectacular. Choose to self-drive to the balloon launch point or add-on return transfers. And if you’re celebrating something extra special, check out chartering a private balloon all to yourself.
Rainforestation Nature Park is an award-winning attraction located in Far North Queensland, amidst the Kuranda rainforest.
In the Kuranda rainforest near Cairns, explore the rainforest on an authentic World War 2 Army Duck and learn about local rainforest flora and fauna. Splash into the lake and be mesmerised when this amphibious vehicle becomes a boat.
Discover the world’s oldest surviving culture with the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. Watch a traditional dance performance, spear presentation and be blown away by the didgeridoo. Test your boomerang throwing skills! The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience has recently won the 2019 Queensland Tourism Award in Gold for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism.
Meet an abundance of iconic Australian animals in the Koala & Wildlife Park, including Koalas, Dingoes, Tasmanian Devils, Crocodiles and the endangered Cassowary and Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo. You can even hand-feed wallabies and kangaroos.
The Wait-a-While Rainforest Tour takes you wildlife spotting by both day and NIGHT!
Visiting the World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics Rainforest National Parks from Cairns, they have been hosting small (max 11 people) personal rainforest nocturnal wildlife spotlighting tours into the world’s oldest continuously surviving rainforest near Cairns for more than 30 years.
Experiencing the tropical rainforest at night is something you will remember, especially with an informative guide to help you understand this magnificent wildlife environment.