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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns
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icon10 to 12 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Experience the natural wonders of Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands to visit different parts of the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest on this outdoorsy day trip from Cairns. With a guide, you’ll take easy walks to three waterfalls—Josephine Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls and Dinner Falls—and take a refreshing swim in Lake Eacham. See the Cathedral Fig Tree, take in views of the volcanic crater in Mt Hypipamee National Park, and enjoy lots of time for swimming and photo ops. Morning and afternoon snacks are picnic lunch provided
  • Cool off in pristine natural pools, waterfalls and natural water slide
  • Get great photo ops of the Crater and Lake Eacham, both formed by volcanic activity
  • Includes morning and afternoon tea, expert guide, entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Indulge on a picnic lunch of sandwiches and fruit platter

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Visit three waterfalls with plenty of time to swim in the natural pools on this active tour.
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FREE Picnic Lunch (Must advise dietary requirements 24hr in advance)
Tour guide/bus driver - maximum of 14 people
National Park fees
Fun, Adventures and memories for a lifetime
Use of our umbrellas on a rainy day
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Your contact details are not passed fourth to the operator, you will need to contact them directly
Accomodation pick-ups not included
Allbout Cairns , 58 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

58 Grafton St @ Allbout Cairns Shop

7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your day trip to the Atherton Tablelands, part of the World Heritage–listed Wet Tropics of Queensland, starts with hotel pickups in Cairns by coach for the drive to the Tablelands, located about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Cairns. After about an hour of driving, make a stop at the Cathedral Fig Tree, a large 500-year-old strangler fig tree with long aerial roots.

Drive onward into a pristine rainforest, where you’ll stop at Lake Eacham. Go for a swim in the volcanic lake, created more than 12,000 years ago, and watch for turtles in the clear water while your guide prepares a hearty morning tea.

After your snack break, head to Mt Hypipamee National Park to check out Dinner Falls, where you can go swimming again, and then take a 0.5-mile (800-meter) walk to a viewpoint to admire the crater. You’ll spot a jewel-toned lake as you look down at the crater rim, a dizzying 450 feet (138 meters) below you.

When you're ready for lunch, we serve a picnic style meal with fresh bread, salad items for sandwiches and a meat and fruit platter. We do cater for food allergies so let us know in advance.

Then head to Millaa Millaa Falls to take a swim in its natural tropical pool.

Your last destination, and the highlight of your tour, is Josephine Falls, which you’ll reach by taking a short walk with your guide. If you’re feeling adventurous, go down the ‘waterslide’ that drops you into a deep pool, or just relax and enjoy the scenery. You’ll also refuel here with afternoon snacks provided by your guide.

Your day trip ends with the drive back to Cairns for hotel drop-off.

Please note: This is a sample itinerary; yours may vary based on the road and/or weather conditions on the day of your tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Barefoot Tours
Barefoot Tours, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Atherton Tablelands
Atherton Tablelands, Cairns, Queensland Australia
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Queensland 4870 Australia
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mt. Hypipamee National Park
Mt. Hypipamee National Park, Kennedy Highway, Malanda, Queensland 4
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Josephine Falls
Josephine Falls, Bartle Frere Wooroonooran National Park, Cairns, Queensland
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Millaa Millaa Falls
Millaa Millaa Falls, Millaa Millaa, Queensland Australia
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cathedral Fig Tree
Cathedral Fig Tree, Danbulla Road Danbulla State Forest, Yungaburra, Queensland
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park
Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park, Lake Eacham, Queensland Australia
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • TripAdvisor books with live availability, confirmation is instant
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Please note: This is a sample itinerary. The route may change based on weather or road conditions.
  • Please bring with you on the day:
  • Towel
  • Swimmers, bathers, togs, bikinis, boards, swimsuit - whatever you call them
  • flip flops or sneakers - as long as they are comfy
  • your camera for all the cool stops we visit and the possibility of spotting some of Australia’s’ endemic wildlife like the famous cassowaries or a green tree frog, platypus, turtles, tree kangaroos and possibly even a croc!
  • It is also recommended to pack a jumper for those winter months when the weather is cooler.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Barefoot Tours
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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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 Tour from 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
See all safety measures taken by Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns.

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Atherton tablelands
Joanne_M
, Jul 2022
Swimming in the lake and waterfalls was wonderful, truly a special trip, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and looked after us all ensuring we had a special day
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Awesome
Megan_G
, Jul 2022
Our guide was fantastic, made it a really fun day. Would highly recommend this tour. Thanks heaps for an awesome day!
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Great excursion through Atherton Tablelands
Edward_M
, Jul 2022
We had a great time on this trip. The 3 guides were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. The places that we visited were stunningly beautiful. The water was a little cold, we went during winter, but it was manageable. I highly recommend this tour.
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Great Day on the Waterfalls
Steve_S
, Jun 2022
Although the day weather wise wasn’t great our guide Dom from barefoot tours was fantastic you cant beat local knowledge we swam at every swimming spot enjoying the company of everyone on the bus and thanks Dom for your knowledge and humour made for a great day
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
BEST Tour ever! AMAZING!
Jessica_P
, Apr 2021
Marcio was an amazing tour guide, he never rushed us and was so much fun. Everything was breathtaking. He shared so many stories with us on the history of the places we visited. Such an amazing day, I really recommend anyone to do this. 5 out of 5!
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Excellent would recommend anyone to go on this tour .
Alan_C
, Mar 2021
I guess the whole tour is something to see. We were picked up on time and the day was very relaxed and not stressful by having to be back on a bus to get to the next point of interest. The waterfalls and swimming are unique and very much worthwhile to see. Josephine falls i think is the standout sliding down the rock face . Our guide James very helpful and informative , not only about the falls but many other subjects . Lunch and morning tea provided ( pack the fork next time James lol.) A great day which my wife and i totally enjoyed
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome day
Sue
, Mar 2021
Amazing scenery, wildlife and swimming. Our tour guide James shared his great knowledge of the area , fantastic day ⭐️
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Great time!
Vanessa_C
, Mar 2020
Darryl was absolutely lovely!! Very informative and down to earth. Really enjoyed the small group size - we all became very close, very quickly! Gorgeous views and yummy lunch. 100% recommend.
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Draw dropping!!!
EvaDiva001
, Mar 2020
It was breath taking, I was waiting for the movie to stop it’s so surreal. I was left with my mouth wide open. Definitely a must for all ppl to experience ❤️🙏
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Fun for all
lisaavila2000
, Feb 2020
Terry, our guide, was funny, informative and attentive. Atherton was beautiful, waterfalls were amazing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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atherton tablelands waterfalls
gina b
, Nov 2019
Execlent Gabes was so helpful and fun to be with. the waterfalls were beautful too see and the swimming was great
star-5
Great Day - it has everything
Neil_T
, Jun 2019
Great value, host, itinerary, food. What more do you want? We saw and got to swim in four of the most awesome pools anywhere. All on the company of the amazing guide Daryl who looked after and kept us entertained from the second you got on the bus to to moment he dropped you off it was close to 12 hours, massive value.
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Had a great day with Damo our guide...
Graham S
, Dec 2017
Had a great day with Damo our guide the perfect host. Saw some amazing scenery and enjoyed swimming in 4 beautiful locations. Highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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We spent an amazing day touring the...
Bukwurm
, Dec 2017
We spent an amazing day touring the Tablelands. Our guide was a true Aussie who likes to have fun. It was a young crowd except for us, but we enjoyed talking to all of the young people as the day went on. Throughout the day we saw three fabulous waterfalls, a crater lake and several lookouts. A day well spent.
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This was one of the best tours I've...
Kerrie-Anne W
, Nov 2017
This was one of the best tours I've been on. Everything was amazing to see and our tour guide Roh was excellent. It is a tour I will be recommending to others.
star-4
This tour was so much fun from the...
Grace A
, Jul 2017
This tour was so much fun from the minute I stepped on the coach, great views, fantastic waterfalls and chances to swim in them. Sliding down the natural rock slide at Josephine falls was my highlight!
star-5
Great day out. Great guide, really nice...
Graham_W
, Feb 2017
Great day out. Great guide, really nice scenery and waterfalls. Highly recommend.
star-5
Very good value for money, really...
Keith K
, Jan 2017
Very good value for money, really fun and the views of the waterfalls are fabulous. Definitely well worth the money
star-5
Great time, Matty the guide was a real...
Thomas K
, Jan 2017
Great time, Matty the guide was a real laugh - bring your sense of humour.
star-4
It's a long day and there are many...
Sabrina M
, Dec 2016
It's a long day and there are many stops along the way. Make sure you take a motion-sickness pill otherwise the ride could get uncomfortable. Our tour guide was nice and kept feeding us with snacks all day long. I enjoyed the optional walk around Lake Eycham. I liked the stops, however, I don't think the rock slide should be part of the tour. Two people in my group got injured because the rocks are so slippery.

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