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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns
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icon11 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Immerse yourself in Northern Queensland’s waterfalls, rainforests, and other natural wonders on this full-day tour from Cairns. Admire the untouched scenery and stop to swim in the famous Millaa Millaa, and Josephine Falls. In between, visit Babinda Boulders and Mount Hypipamee, watch for wildlife such as tree-kangaroos and platypus, and admire a tropical sunset at Lake Eacham. National Park admission, lunch, refreshments, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Full-day Atherton Tablelands and waterfalls trip from Cairns
  • Experience North Queensland's tropical rainforests, falls, and beauty spots
  • Swim in the crystal cascades of the Josephine and Millaa Millaa Falls
  • See the Babinda Boulders, Hypipamee Crater, and watch the sunset at Lake Eacham
  • Look for wildlife like cassowary, platypus, and tree-kangaroos
  • Includes pub lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and refreshments
  • National Park entrance fees, air-conditioned bus transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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7:30 AM
Depart your central Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel by air-conditioned bus and venture into rural North Queensland. Composed of highlands, tropical rainforests, and waterfalls, this pristine region is renowned for its beauty and ancient culture.

Visit the Babinda Boulders, a tropical creek lined with huge boulders, and hear about the aboriginal legends that surround this magical-looking place. Then head to your first swim spot, Josephine Falls, and slide down the natural rock slide.

Continue to the Atherton Tablelands and swim in the Millaa Millaa Falls. Bordered by protected rainforest, this 59-foot (18-meter) single-drop waterfall has featured in several TV ads.

After a country-style lunch at Australia’s largest timber pub, continue to Mt. Hypipamee Crater, a pipe-shaped, 278-foot (85-meter) deep crater. Take a bushland walk to admire the crater lake, watch for wildlife like possum and emu-like cassowarys, and stop to bathe in the idyllic Dinner Falls.

After visiting a creek to search for platypus, enjoy another swim and a sunset stop at Lake Eacham, famous for its turtles.

Finally, return to Cairns, perhaps playing the provided games on your bus before your trip ends at the original starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Waterfall Wanderers
A full day tour for the young and the young at heart! Swim and explore the numerous stunning waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands including morning and afternoon tea and lunch.
Duration: 11 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Babinda Boulders
Our first stop for the day is Babinda Boulders, this is a very well-known location as it is a significant place for the local indigenous people. During the 45 minutes here we will show you around the amazing site and tell you the history and legends of the boulders - there are a few spooky stories! This is considered one of Cairns' must visit spots especially during times of heavy rain the strength of the water passing through the boulders has to be seen to be believed!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Josephine Falls
Next stop (and our first swimming spot!) is Josephine Falls! A short walk on an even pathway will bring you through the rainforest to the crystal clear waters and natural rock slide of the falls! Slip and slide down, cool off in the blue water or take advantage of the stunning scenery and take a few photos.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Millaa Millaa Falls
Next we will head up the Palmerston Highway onto the Atherton Tablelands to the most photographed waterfall in Australia! Millaa Millaa Falls are known worldwide for it's inclusion in the Herbal Essences and Qantas adverts. Here is the place to try the iconic hair flick or get a natural massage from the water cascading over the falls. World Famous and a must see on the Tablelands!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Malanda
A well earned rest is coming up next, with lunch at Queensland's largest timber pub, Malanda Pub. Lunch is included but you can also purchase additional drinks if you like and take a break from the swimming.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mt. Hypipamee National Park
After lunch, we'll head over to beautiful Dinner falls and the incredible Mount Hypipamee Crater. Dinner Falls is home to some wonderful wildlife and it is not unusual for us to see Lumholz's Tree Kangaroos and Cassowaries in this National Park.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park
Our last swim for the day is at Lake Eacham. Lake Eacham is a beautiful volcanic Crater Lake-heated from within and maintaining a steady 27 degrees water temperature all year round! Deep blue waters will certainly tempt you in for one last swim. Spot turtles in the shallows or just lay back and enjoy the last golden sunlight of the day. Your Guide will also serve afternoon tea here before starting the trip back down the Gillies Range to Cairns.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age 2. Child rates apply between ages 2 - 11. Infants under 2 must sit on parents lap, lunch is not provided for infants.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Active Tropics Explorer
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "I definitely recommend this tour for those interested in swimming, as it was very fun." See review
  • "Sam and Jim also take pictures so that you have memories of the day." See review

Reviews

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star-5
WORTH IT!!
Shannel_F
, Jun 2022
Great day out, the only issue was the weather, we went in June and it was a little cold, but otherwise, the trip was amazing, we saw beautiful waterfalls and Jess was a great guide - overall great time!!
star-5
Fabulous day tour
Julia_H
, Jun 2022
Jess was phenomenal and knowledgeable … her sense of humour and wit was excellent and her instructions and directions were clear and concise! The tour itself is great value for money and although the conditions didn’t support swimming, the views and walking trails were wonderful. This was the highlight of our trip and an excellent tour!
star-5
Fabulous day
Pamela_F
, Jun 2022
Weather was crap but such A good day Max was great guide Waterfalls were magnificent Food in pub was crap would have preferred to venture and grab a pie from bakery
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Pamela, thanks for the review. Sorry to hear you were disappointed with the food at the pub, we will pass on your feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your day with Max and the magnificent waterfalls! Thanks for taking the time to write a review.
star-5
Worthwhile!
Rebekah_G
, Jun 2022
Knowledgeable Guide and a really nice group of people, each stop was worthwhile, some really beautiful falls!
star-5
Great experience, Max...
JENET_R
, Jun 2022
Great experience, Max (our tour guide) is cool and made our waterfall wanderers experience unforgettable.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your tour with the very cool Max, thanks for sharing your wonderful feedback! :-)
star-4
Great day out for those who enjoy an invigorating swim
WILLIAM_M
, Jun 2022
Wonderful day out. It was an unusually cold day, but we still experienced some great swimming experiences. Food was only ok, but that was not a surprise given this was a tour group booking. Basically, this was a value for money tour for the young at heart.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Great to hear you enjoyed your trip and found it good value for money, thanks for traveling with us :-)
star-5
Fabulous! Must do it
Louise_R
, Jun 2022
Stu was awesome your guide. Best day ever. So much to see and do and I recon we could have gone a week and still not seen all the amazing sites on this road/trip. I will be back next year to do this tour again
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for your fantastic feedback Louise, we're delighted to hear you had such a great day exploring the waterfalls and rainforest with Stu, and we look forward to seeing you again some time! :-)
star-5
Mark was such a great...
Amanda_C
, May 2022
Mark was such a great tour guide! There were 4 great swimming opportunities and little stops along the way. Well worth it!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Great to hear you enjoyed exploring the waterfalls and swimming holes with Mark so much, thanks for traveling with us! :-)
star-5
Amazing Day
Anwyn_B
, May 2022
Absolutely incredible Tour! We loved Milla Milla falls & swimming in the beautiful clear waters. Gorg!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for the review we love Millaa Millaa too. enjoy the rest of your holiday.
star-3
In general it was great...
Karin_P
, May 2022
In general it was great but we didn’t visit two of the waterfalls which meant to be part of the experience. The ones we visit though we’re worthwhile.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi thanks for reviewing our tour sometimes we have to change the waterfalls due to access closures rain and circumstances out of our control , the great thing is there is around 20 waterfalls on the circuit and we always go to at least 4 of the best ones .
star-5
Just a good time
Bridget_S
, May 2022
The tour was amazing! Despite the less than despite the terrible weather and other tours cancelled they combined us and gave what we asked for plus more! I can’t commend them enough, adaptable, friendly, value for money and genuinely just a good time.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks bridget we try to make it happen no matter the weather sometimes its very challenging and we love it when the extra effort is appreciated , thank you.
star-4
Great adventure but could do with some better refreshments.
Mike_W
, May 2022
Swimming to and behind the Millier waterfall followed by the experience of swimming in the volcano were clear highlights of the day. The morning and afternoon tea was a clear let down being a muesli bar and a nescafe with lunch being pretty ordinary, certainly not a gourmet experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for your feedback Mike, great you enjoyed exploring the waterfalls although we're sorry to hear you were disappointed with the F & B component. Covid has affected what we normally offer however we'll take your comments on board. Thanks for traveling with us.
star-5
Amazing day out..
Roland_L
, Apr 2022
Well planned trip, excellent food tasting from cheese to a mix of very authentic Australian foods ie crocodile, kangaroo to yabbies and damper. The wine and gin tasting were excellent. Our driver Dale was a fountain of knowledge and a excellent driver. Views were amazing between the low cloud and rain. Would recommend doing this trip while in Cairns and surrounding area.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Great to hear you enjoyed your tour Roland although I think you travelled with another company as we don't have a driver named Dale :-)
star-5
Cultural stories
Frederik_M
, Apr 2022
We really enjoyed The cultural stories of the landmarks and lands the tour guide provided us with. Really appreciated the fun facts and nature facts of the surroundings. I would suggest a more formal land acknowledgment speech in the beginning of the trip before we make our way. Thank you
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Great to hear you enjoyed your tour and thanks for your thoughtful feedback and suggestion. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the region :-)
star-5
Max was friendly,...
Ellakay_M
, Apr 2022
Max was friendly, welcoming and informative from the moment we were picked up.We met up with Stu’s bus and between the two the guys could not do enough to ensure we all got the most out of the day. Great with kids and definitely a great experience, even though it was a wet day very memorable thanks guys.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for you wonderful feedback, great to hear how much you enjoyed your tour with Max and Stu! Thanks for traveling with us :-)
star-5
Cairns Waterfalls tour
cathyren_N
, Apr 2022
This was such an amazing tour. On the way to our tour to all the waterfalls our tour guy ( forgot his name ) tells us stories about all of our destinations, makes sounds very interesting. My favourite falls is MILAA MILAA FALLS but my kids loves JOSEPHINE FALLS & MALANDA. But overall the whole trip was good.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for letting us know what a great day you and your family had exploring the waterfalls with what's-his-name! ;-) We're chuffed to hear you enjoyed visiting the different sites, thanks for traveling with us!
star-5
Atherton Tablelands waterfall & rainforest day
Scott_J
, Apr 2022
Sliding down a waterslide & going directly thru a waterfall were some of the most memorable & exciting moments from this trip, highly recommend checking it out 👌
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks very much for traveling with us and letting us know what a fantastic time you had on the tour, thanks for traveling with us! :-)
star-4
Beautiful experience
Tonia_D
, Mar 2022
A thoroughly enjoyable day visiting beautiful places and swimming in turquoise and emerald pools and falls. Special. Can swim or simply walk and relax. Stuart was a great guide watching out for everyone’s safety and comfort. Recommend highly.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for your fantastic feedback and recommendation, we're delighted to hear you enjoyed exploring the beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes with Stu so much! Thanks for traveling with us :-)
star-4
Chasing Waterfalls
Debra_M
, Mar 2022
Lovely day visiting beautiful waterfalls. Some stops were a little rushed but other than that it was a great day. Our driver, Max was very nice.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed exploring the rainforest and waterfalls with Max, great to hear! :-)
star-5
Stu is a legend
Stephanie_S
, Feb 2022
Stu was an amazing tour guide and heaps of fun! The day went quickly despite being 10 hours and each stop provided beautiful scenery and a nice swim. Would highly recommend !
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Great to hear you had an awesome time exploring the beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes with the very entertaining Stu! Thanks for traveling with us and for your recommendation! :-)

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