The Tablelands


Also referred to as the Cairns Highlands and Atherton Tablelands

This charming hinterland offers a variety of landscapes with its mosaic patterns of rainforest fragments, unique volcanic craters, lakes, lush forests and mountains. 


The forest is home to the elusive tree kangaroo and the giant curtain fig trees. Stunning kauri pines offer a refuge from the tropical heat in a rainforest sanctuary of dappled light and fresh mountain air. There is an excellent road network, quaint rural towns with laid back locals and farm-gate fruit and vegetable bargains to be enjoyed.


Many visitors are attracted here by the variety of wildlife. The early mornings are perfect for bird watching and, if you’re quiet, you may spot a shy platypus in a creek, or a musky rat-kangaroo foraging on the forest floor.


The Tablelands are accessible from the coast via four major highways: the Palmerston Highway near Innisfail; the Gillies Highway near Gordonvale; the Kennedy Highway which passes through Kuranda and Smithfield to the north of Cairns; and the Rex Range Road near Mossman.


Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Map Cairns and Central Coast Northern Wet Tropics South Central Southern Wet Tropics Tablelands
Northern Wet Tropics Cairns & Central Coast South Central Southern Wet Tropics Tablelands

Spots of interest for your itinerary...

Davies Creek

The Crater Lakes
- Lake Barrine

- Lake Eacham

Tully Falls

Millstream Falls

The Curtain Fig

Lake Tinaroo and Danbulla Natiional Park

Koombooloomba Dam

Attractions around Malanda


For more information:

Tropical Tablelands Tourism

Tourism Kuranda

Tablelands Regional Council

Tourism Tropical North Queensland

Mareeba Wetlands

Malanda Falls Visitor Information Centre


Comprehensive regional park guides

Click the links to download brochure PDFs:

Atherton and Evelyn tablelands (3.6MB) 
Tropical coast (Cairns to Townsville) (8.2MB)
Cape York (4.2MB)


News and Events

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News and Events

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Yellow crazy ant taskforce go to battle

Yellow crazy ant taskforce go to battle

Taskforce set to hand-treat yellow crazy ant infestations in southern Cairns suburbs and World Heritage Area... READ MORE

The Authority's July eNews out now

The Authority's July eNews out now

From taking to the skies to getting down among the rainforest and communities, the Authority has been spreading itself wide. ... READ MORE

Kids get 'wild' with eco-art sculptures

Kids get 'wild' with eco-art sculptures

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has joined students, parents and teachers at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Centre to celebrate their contributi... READ MORE