From chasing waterfalls one day to mountain biking the incredible trails located close by to the holiday park the next, there are so many things to see and do in Atherton Tablelands. Here are six ideas below to help you plan your next getaway to this gorgeous rural town in Tropical North Queensland.
Things to do in Atherton
The Atherton Tablelands is become known as one of the premier mountain biking area in Queensland. The area provides trails for rides of all ages and skill levels. Our park is the ideal base to explore the region on two wheels with the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park located just 5 minutes away. This area has 17 single track trails that travel through an open forest.
The region is known for its abundance of birdlife and a list of the species that can be found in the area and park is available from reception, courtesy of Townsville Bird Club. The park is also in close proximity to Hasties Swamp which is home to a 2-storey bird hide where you can see thousands of birds in their natural habitat and it forms part of Queensland Heritage trails network. Pick up the bird watching list by Townsville Bird Group from reception or if you are looking for more information about the wildlife you are witnessing, there are several birdwatching and other wildlife tours available.
The Crystal Caves
Experience the 300 metres of manmade tunnels and grottos which feature million year old natural crystals and prehistoric fossils. Take a self-guided tour and wonder at the interactive displays where you can touch over 600 specimens of crystals. And don’t forgot to take home a souvenir from the gift shop which stocks unique gifts, jewellery and homewares made from natural crystals, gemstones and fossils.
This natural beauty on the North Johnstone River 15 minutes from the park is a one stop attraction with a natural swimming pool, two rainforest walkways and a picturesque picnic area. The falls form part of the waterfall and volcanic crater circuit and unlike other waterfalls in the area, Malanda Falls is right by a main road for easy access.
Forming part of Crater Lakes National Park, this lake is a unique attraction where you can see a water filled crater surrounded by lush rainforest which is the remains of a volcanic eruption around 10,000 years ago. Stroll around the lake through the rainforest, enjoy a snack at the lakeside teahouse on the water’s edge or swim in the freshwater lake. To marvel closer at this complex rainforest eco system, take a wildlife cruise around the volcanic crater brim on 45-minute cruise.
Historic Village Herberton
Step back in time at the Historic Village in Herberton showcases Australia’s rich history at this outdoor pioneer museum with 60 original buildings dating back to the township’s foundation. The village gives visitors a real sense of the past life and township with a chemist, bottle collection, school bank, grocer’s store, frock salon, toy shop, mechanic and more. Open all year round, the village collects, preserves and displays historical exhibits from across Australia with special testimonial to the history of Herberton.