Atherton Tablelands

A great day trip from Cairns is a visit the beautiful Atherton Tablelands to check out the popular Waterfall Circuit by self-drive or tour and enjoy the picturesque countryside.

We stopped at the Cathedral and Curtain Fig Trees, which aren’t long stops but amazing to see!

Cathedral Fig Tree, Atherton Tablelands, QLD, Australia And it’s hollow as the host tree could no longer grow outward when the parasite grew around it. The original tree eventually rotted away leaving the open space where I am standing . I have no idea if the gap I walked into this space occurred naturally as I am standing on a boardwalk.

Cathedral Fig Tree, Atherton Tablelands, QLD, Australia

We took a forest walk at Lake Barrine National Park where we saw forest dragons, and learned about the local plants (some of which you do not want to touch so watch out).

We went for a swim at many waterfalls including Australia’s most photographed Millaa Millaa falls.

Millaa Millaa Falls, Australia's most photographed waterfall. Waterfall Circuit QLD, Australia

Herbal Essence commercials were recreated. I was surprised by how difficult it was to get the water dispersion for the shot but my tour guide was very helpful advising on proper technique. Also, I did this tour at the very end of the dry season, I recommend trying to time this to be somewhere in early middle of dry season so you get nice weather and more water flow.

 We then adventured into Mount Hypipamee National Park to swim at Dinner Falls. There is cassowary’s around which are known for being aggressive (and occasionally deadly) so I was glad not to see them. Admittedly, a very small part of me was really sad the only time I saw a cassowary was in an animal park in Victoria.

Dinner falls, Waterfall Circuit QLD, Australia

After that we took off to try and spot a platypus. We found one, but I didn’t get a good picture of it. Some friends I met traveling stayed overnight in Yungaburra and went canoeing the next morning while the platypus were feeding. Their experiences sounded far superior to mine.

Overall it was a great day out, and you should go next time you find yourself in or around Cairns.

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