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Sarah Russo3 years ago

Koala cuddles, barra fishing and scenic waterfalls—tropical Far North Queensland has it all!

Whether you are looking to explore traditional Australian culture, try your hand at sport fishing, or explore a tropical paradise, the Atherton Tablelands and the Cairns region has something for everyone. We have scouted some terrific locations for you to explore while you are visiting this breathtaking tropical region of Far North Queensland.

Cuddle a koala, catch a monster of a fish and so much more in Cairns and the surrounding Tablelands areas.


Birdworld Kuranda

Location: Heritage Markets, Kuranda QLD 4881

How to get there: Birdworld Kuranda is easily located by foot or car, in the Kuranda Heritage Markets on Rob Veivers Drive. Free shuttle buses are available from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

What You Can Enjoy

Join the friendly wildlife at Birdworld Kuranda in their beautiful rainforest habitat. Explore the natural setting, scattered with waterfalls, ponds and exotic and native plants.

Enjoy getting up close and personal with Amazonian macaws, the endangered and regal cassowary, rainbow lorikeets, galahs, cockatoos and many more. When we say up close and personal, we mean it! You may find yourself traveling with a friendly bird on your shoulder throughout the park.

For more information on opening hours, ticket prices and everything you need to know about Birdworld Kuranda, visit their website.

Rainbow Lorikeet

Kuranda Koala Gardens

Location: Heritage Markets, Kuranda QLD 4881

How to get there: Conveniently located next door to Birdworld Kuranda, free shuttle buses to the Kuranda Koala Gardens depart every 15 minutes from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway.

What You Can Enjoy

Visit the gorgeous koalas at the Kuranda Koala Gardens and watch them eat and sleep—what koalas do best. Get up close and personal with a cuddle and don’t forget to take home a photo of your encounter!

While visiting the gardens, see other Australian wildlife, such as wombats, kangaroos, crocodiles and snakes, as well as wander the pioneer history display.

For more information on the Kuranda Koala Gardens, visit their website.


Lake Tinaroo

Also known as Tinaroo Dam, Lake Tinaroo is a man-made reservoir in the Atherton Tablelands. Lake Tinaroo has many access points, and is about a 1 hour and 27 minute drive from Cairns.

Barramundi Fishing

Location: Lake Tinaroo, Queensland

For information regarding getting there and charters, visit fishingcairns.com.au.

If you are looking for a fish that puts up a fight, Lake Tinaroo is abundant with fat, thriving Barramundi that love to challenge avid fishermen.

The barramundi here are regularly caught at 50lbs (about 22.5kg), but tend to be difficult to catch during the colder months. It is recommended you come and enjoy the surrounding mountain views and epic fishing adventures during the warmer seasons.

There is no maximum to catch size, however there is a minimum size of 58cm. A limit of 5 fish per person applies, and any fish caught between the 1st November and 1st February must be taken to an approved tagging station (as at 2015). For the rest of the year, fish over 120cm must be tagged.

Lake Tinaroo

Rainforests & Waterfalls

The Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit

The Millaa Millaa Falls is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia. Take the in the breathtaking and serene area, or take a swim in the water. The site has a barbecue, picnic facilities, changing rooms and toilets.

Danbulla National Park

Take a scenic drive along the 28km Danbulla Road, or walk through the rainforest to and see if you can spy a possum or some of the beautiful butterflies.

One of the highlights of the Danbulla National Park is the Cathedral Fig Tree. At the eastern end of Danbulla Road, this impressive strangler fig is a must see!

Cathedral Fig Tree

While you explore tropical Far North Queensland, stay in one of these comfortable Cairns or Tablelands motels.

Atherton Rainforest Motor Inn

Phone: (07) 4095 4141

Address: Cnr Sims Road & Kennedy Highway, Atherton QLD 4883

Set on 5 acres of lawns and gardens, overlooking the rainforest, The Atherton Rainforest Motor Inn caters for weddings, garden receptions and meals in their onsite restaurant. Their services include:

  • Rooms and self-contained accomodation
  • Licensed restaurant & room service
  • 1 wheelchair friendly motel room

Whether you are looking for an á la carte option, or a place to put your head after a day exploring the Tablelands, Atherton Rainforest Motor Inn has all the creature comforts of home. Visit the Atherton Rainforest Motor Inn LocalSearch profile to book your accommodation today.

For a Kuranda motel, check out this rainforest accommodation.

Cedar Park Rainforest Resort

Phone: (07) 4093 7892

Address: 250 Cedar Park Road, Kuranda QLD 4881

Stay in an award winning, privately owned eco and wildlife friendly Cairns resort. Cedar Park Rainforest Resort is located between the famous rainforest villages of Kuranda and Mareeba. Their services include:

  • Accommodation
  • Restaurant, bar & wedding venue
  • Tour desk, bush walks & internet service

Whether you are planning an event, need somewhere to stay, or looking for a delicious meal, Cedar Park Rainforest Resort has you covered. For directions and booking information, visit the Cedar Park Rainforest Resort LocalSearch profile or call the friendly team at Cedar Park Rainforest Resort.