7 days in the Atherton Tablelands

Discover the heartland of Tropical North Queensland

Feb04

7 days in the Atherton Tablelands

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The Atherton Tablelands is the heartland of Tropical North Queensland. With incredible and delicious fresh produce, remarkable natural scenery and a wealth of things to do, one day is simply not enough. Here’s our guide to making the most of your week in Atherton.

Day 1

Settle into your accommodation at the NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park. If there is anything we can do to make your stay even more enjoyable, please just ask!

If you’re craving a delicious coffee, Gallery 5 is just at the end of Herberton Road with healthy and not-so-healthy treats for you to enjoy. Gallery 5 also stocks a variety of local artwork and interesting nic nacs.

Image source: Gallery 5

Why not take a stroll to Atherton Chinatown just 500m away and enjoy a piece of Atherton’s history? Chinatown is open from Wednesday – Saturday (9am-1pm). Our guests receive a special voucher to use at the Temple so please remember to ask for yours at Reception on check in.

If you need to catch up on some shopping, there are plenty of options around. IGA is 1.5km away in the Silo Shopping Centre and stocks a variety of fresh Tableland produce. Woolworths is just 2km away in Cook Street. In the Woolworths complex you will also find Country Target, a chemist, butcher, jeweller, newsagent, Subway & Gloria Jeans. Atherton boasts a variety of shops in town including Brumby’s Bakery, BIGW, Harvey Norman and other specialty stores including hairdressers, hardware stores, several beauticians, clothing shops & bakeries.

Hallorans Hill Lookout is a must for a total view of the Tablelands. Rest for a few minutes, enjoy the peace, the fresh air and the vast range of colours. On a clear day you will see the Seven Sisters – a series of seven volcanic mounds between Yungaburra and Atherton.

As the sun begins to set, make sure to pay a visit to Platypus Park, just 500m from the Hou Wang Temple. A number of small platypuses living in the pond, which are regularly seen by our guests. Platypus Park also hosts the Atherton Markets on the 1st Saturday of the month.

Approximately 5kms from our Park you will find the Bat Hospital Visitor Centre on the road to Herberton. Meet the real stars of the night at this world-class facility for the rehabilitation of bats. Standard opening hours are 3pm-6pm, open all year round, but bookings are essential from October to May and for tours outside of these hours.

Day 2

Why not visit the beautiful waterfalls? Drive out to Milla Milla via Malanda. Stop off at the Malanda Dairy Centre for a tour and make sure you spend time in the fabulous coffee shop attached to it.
While in the area, make sure to explore the Nerada Tea Plantation, Mungalli Creek Dairy (just delicious), the Mt. Hypipamee National Park and Crater and Dinner Falls.

Day 3

Take a short drive to the gorgeous village of Yungaburra. From its various art galleries to nic nac shops and craft centres, there’s plenty to discover. Make sure to take the time to enjoy the Curtain Fig Tree and the Cathedral Fig Tree, just five minutes up the road from the township. Nick’s Swiss Restaurant is also a local favourite and perfect for a bite to eat at lunchtime. If you’re a cheese and chocolate lover, the Gallo Cheese & Chocolate Farm is just new to the area. Viewing, tastings and a coffee shop are available daily for you to satisfy your sweet tooth. The very popular Yungaburra Markets are held on the 4th Saturday of every month for you to peruse.

Image source: Queensland.com

The Avenue of Honor is of major significance in Yungaburra. Founded by the Chuck family who lost their own son in Afghanistan, this peaceful memorial is a tribute to our fallen soldiers. Please ask at Reception for a map showing its location in Tinaburra.

Why not take a cruise on Lake Barrine? Yungaburra is quite close to Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine, so you can soak up the beauty of these crater lakes. The teahouse at Lake Barrine is also very well known for its homemade scones, cream and jam!

Day 4

Head north a little way and stop off at the Tolga Woodworks. Not only will you admire the craftsmanship of the various pieces, the Tolga Woodworks also has a fantastic café. Markets are held at the Tolga Racecourse on the 1st Sunday of the month.

Whilst in Tolga, take the Lake Tinaroo turnoff and head out to the Tinaroo Dam. It’s an enjoyable drive and the road will bring you to an open-air information centre about the dam.

Day 5

Take a short drive to Herberton and visit the Historic Herberton Village. The “town” has just been lovingly restored to its former glory for you to show the kids or maybe reminisce yourself. Step back in time in the grocery store, experience a bit of nostalgia in the School House or head to the blacksmiths. The buildings date back to 1870 with a great assembly of original displays, machinery and vehicles. Whilst in Herberton don’t forget the Mining Centre. Please see Reception for the Great Nature Walking Trails brochure if you love to bushwalk, as there are some amazing trails in the area.

Day 6

Visit the Kuranda Markets, which is just a 50-minute drive from Atherton. While in Kuranda, don’t forget to experience the Kuranda Train and Skyrail. Our park staff are happy to make your Kuranda Train and Sky rail bookings for you before you head out for the day.

You might also like to take the opportunity to see the incredible Barron Falls, just outside of Kuranda. Possibly some of the most famous falls in North Queensland, they’re at their most spectacular during the wet season when the Barron River is in full flood.

Image source: Skyrail.com.au

Another popular place to visit is Granite Gorge. Explore these magnificent rocks and boulders, enjoy the beautiful cool natural pools and the gorgeous wallabies at “wallaby rock”.

Day 7

If you just feel like relaxing in the park before you head off on your next adventure, our pool and cabana area is very soothing and a great place to access the free wireless internet for you to catch up on your emails to all your family and friends or write your postcards.

For the bird lovers, our award-winning gardens will delight. Our bird and butterfly list – available at reception – lists all the species that have been found in our park, and you are more than welcome to add to our collection. For those who love to bushwalk, the park has its own link track to the Yabi and Baldy mountain summit lookouts with spectacular views of the Tablelands.

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