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.
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