Tropical North & Atherton Tablelands

Wild, Unspoilt and Adventurous

Welcome to a holiday of lush, tropical rainforests, sparkling rivers, secluded white beaches, stunning waterfalls and breathtaking beauty.

The Daintree region is a haven for holidaymakers wishing to pursue an alternative lifestyle, and for those who enjoy the pleasures of untouched natural beauty: from river cruises and rainforest tours, to natural health spas, outdoor theatre, Aboriginal arts and culture, waterfalls, ocean kayaking, horse trekking and more. Pay a visit to the quaint and laid-back Daintree Village, and be at one with nature in the 135-million-year-old Daintree Rainforest, with its 23-metre-high canopy and incredible resident wildlife.

Located in the far reaches of Queensland’s Tropical North, Cooktown is a small frontier town and Australia’s first non-Indigenous settlement. Discovered and settled by Captain Cook in 1770, it has a unique character forged through years of geographic isolation and hard living. It is only since 2006 that Cooktown has been accessible to vehicles other than four-wheel drives!

Known as ‘the food bowl of the tropics’, the Atherton Tablelands covers an area greater than Tasmania. Less than an hour’s drive south-west from Cairns, the cool, tropical Tablelands are full of natural wonders, such as the Undara Lava Tubes, Paronella Park, the twin crater lakes of Barrine and Eacham and the waterfall circuits with their stunning rainforest backdrops and hidden gems.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Enjoy the Cooktown Festival held every June, which celebrates the arrival of Captain Cook
  2. Cape Tribulation has many short walks taking in the beaches or rainforest
  3. Cruise down the Daintree River, home to the area’s most famous residents, the crocodiles
  4. Drive the highly recommended Waterfall Circuit in the Atherton Tablelands

For More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Tropical North & Atherton Tablelands chapter in our Queensland's Tropical North online brochure. Click here.

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