Cairns & the Tropical North

Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns

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Atherton Tablelands Tour from Cairns
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From USD 106.33

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

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 Travellers Choose This Tour

Visit three waterfalls with plenty of time to swim in the natural pools on this active tour.

What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Allbout Cairns
    58 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

    58 Grafton St @ Allbout Cairns Shop

Start time

07:30 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Barefoot Tours

10 hours Admission Ticket Included

Atherton Tablelands

10 hours Admission Ticket Included

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area

10 hours Admission Ticket Included

Mt. Hypipamee National Park

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Included

Josephine Falls

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Included

Millaa Millaa Falls

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Free

Cathedral Fig Tree

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Included

Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park

1 minuteAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Susan_C
This was an amazing experience with Barefoot Tours , on 17/8/23. It was a small tour and we could choose where we wished to go and how long we could stay ! The scenery was absolutely stunning and we felt relaxed, comfortable and not rushed. Our tour guide Marcio was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the places we visited , indigenous , geologically and historically. Location for Morning tea, & lunch provided was awesome👌👍🏻 We would highly recommend this tour with Barefoot, they cater for so many different experiences of this stunning part of Queensland.

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Marcio’s magnificent tour of Atherton Tablelands
Susan_C, Sept 2023
This was an amazing experience with Barefoot Tours , on 17/8/23. It was a small tour and we could choose where we wished to go and how long we could stay ! The scenery was absolutely stunning and we felt relaxed, comfortable and not rushed. Our tour guide Marcio was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the places we visited , indigenous , geologically and historically. Location for Morning tea, & lunch provided was awesome👌👍🏻 We would highly recommend this tour with Barefoot, they cater for so many different experiences of this stunning part of Queensland.
More of a bus service than a bus tour
Desiree_S, Aug 2023
In my experience, it is often the tour guide who makes tours interesting and fun. Unfortunately, while our tour guide was lovely and polite, she didn’t do a good job of giving us an idea of our itinerary throughout the day nor provided any background information about all of our different stops along the way. I didn’t learn anything at all about the villages, towns, nor locations we went to. We were taken from A to B to C, told how long we’d be at that particular stop, and offered some instructions on where to go, but that was about it. It was a long day and long drive so it made for a dull experience in between locations as the tour guide simply drove rather speak to us. She gave us snippets of information here and there, answered our questions, and the different stops were nice, but I wouldn’t do this tour again based on today’s experience.
Lots of waterfalls
Benjamin_S, Aug 2023
Go up into the mountains and explore the waterfalls, swimming holes, plantations, and the elusive cassowary!
Waterfall tour
Janet_S, July 2023
Patty our driver was very welcoming and full of information. Nothing was too much trouble, for her. The tour was well organised, with lots of stops to see and participate in activities. The small group facilitated a lovely bonded group despite age differences.. lunch and morning tea were simple but tasty, and no shortage. The whole day and experience was amazing
Response from Host, July 2023
Hey Janet, Thanks a bunch for your awesome review of our Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour on Viator! We're stoked you had an amazing day with us. Patty sends her regards! Hope the rest of your Cairns adventure was a ball. 😊 Cheers, Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
Lovely day
Josephine_S, July 2023
We loved Josephine Falls and the boulders. The water was a little cold but that’s to be expected in winter. It was a lovely day. Thank you :)
Response from Host, July 2023
Thanks a bunch for your lovely review of our Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour on Viator! We're glad you enjoyed Josephine Falls and the boulders, even if the water was a bit chilly. 😄 Thanks for joining us, and we hope to see you on more adventures soon! Cheers, Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
andrea is the best!!
Sabrina_S, Apr 2023
andrea, our tour guide, was the best! he made our trip unforgettable. he was knowledgeable, kind, funny, the sweetest, and made us feel safe. great tour for a great price. would 10/10 recommend and i would definitely book again with andrea/this company!
Response from Host, July 2023
Hey Andrea's fan ;-P Thanks a bunch for your awesome review! We're thrilled to hear that Andrea made your trip unforgettable with his knowledge, kindness, and humor. We can't wait to welcome you back for another adventure with us! 🌟 Cheers, Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
Great day
Mary_R, Mar 2023
Spencer was a get guide and made the tour lots of fun we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves We places he took us to were magical.
Response from Host, July 2023
Thanks for the lovely review Mary! We're delighted to hear that Spencer made your day great and that you had lots of fun on the tour. Magical places are the best! 🌈 Cheers, Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
WOW WOW WOW
Corinne_D, Mar 2023
What an amazing day of WOW factor! Andrea was the perfect host, encouraging our small group to come out of their shells. I travelled with my Mother, so the age ranged between 20 - 76 the day was suitable for all of that age range. Of all of the tours we experienced in Cairns, this was absolutely the best and a real MUST do tour
Response from Host, July 2023
Thank you for the WOW review! We're thrilled to hear you had an amazing day with Andrea as your perfect host. It's fantastic that the tour catered to such a diverse age range and left a lasting impression. We're delighted to be considered the best among all the tours you experienced in Cairns. Your recommendation means the world to us, and we can't wait to welcome you back for another memorable adventure! - Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
They cancel to the last...
PAULINA_M, Dec 2022
They cancel to the last minute 9 pm, that did not give me time to organise my next day to ry to book another tour
Response from Host, July 2023
Hey Paulie, We're really sorry about the last-minute cancellation and any confusion it caused. We understand it might have been frustrating but sometimes unforeseen circumstances can lead to such extreme last minute cancellations. We never want our guests to miss out, and we do offer to book alternatives right up to 8 am on the tour day (as this is generally when other operators start to leave town). Also given we know the area and the other operators pretty well, it can usually be a lot easier for us to organise it on your behalf and save you the stress or panic. It seems we could've communicated this better. We genuinely care about your experience, and we'll work on improving our communication. If there's anything else you feel like mentioning please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Thanks for sharing your feedback. Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
Highly recommend
awaldrup, Nov 2022
Fantastic tour! Our guide was wonderful. He shared lots of fun fact along the way, but not in an overwhelming way. Please note, Viator says this tour ends at 1:35pm. It actually ends at 5:30pm. It’s a full day with lunch included. Lots of time for swimming and pictures. I would highly recommend.
Response from Host, July 2023
Hey there, thank you for the fantastic review! We're thrilled to hear you had a great time on our Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour. Our guide loves sharing fun facts without overwhelming you. Thanks for pointing out the timing discrepancy on Viator; we'll make sure to address that. We're glad you enjoyed the full day, including lunch, swimming, and taking pictures. We truly appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again on another adventure! - Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
Amazing tour to see hidden swimming spots
Nistaar_V, Nov 2022
Great tour to see the waterfalls and swimming spots. Andreas was a great host for the day and the lunch was also super tasty and they catered well to gluten free. Thanks for an amazing day!
Response from Host, July 2023
Hey, thank you so much for the awesome review! We're thrilled that you had an amazing time exploring the hidden swimming spots and waterfalls on our Atherton Tablelands Tour. Andreas is a fantastic host, and we're glad you enjoyed the delicious lunch, especially the gluten-free options. Thanks for letting us know your dietary requirements so that we could cater to them! Your kind words mean a lot to us. We hope to see you again soon for another unforgettable adventure! - Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
Fantastic swims, views, lunch
Mlovely_M, Oct 2022
Andrea was a fantastic tour guide. I loved lake, the falls, the big boulders, look outs, the yummy lunch and the ride to the different places. I highly recommend this tour
Response from Host, July 2023
Thanks for sharing your fantastic experience on our tour. We're thrilled you had the best day with the group and enjoyed visiting Josephine Falls and sliding down the waterfall! Our guide loves sharing information and making the tour memorable for everyone. We really appreciate your recommendation. Can't wait to have you back for more fun adventures! Cheers, Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
Atherton tablelands
Joanne_M, July 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
Response from Host, July 2023
Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience on our Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour. We're thrilled to hear that you had a special day swimming in the lakes and waterfalls. Our guides are passionate about the area and are always eager to share their knowledge with our guests. We're glad to know that your guide took good care of you and made sure you had a memorable time. We hope you have many more special trips in the future, and we'd love to welcome you back for more adventures in the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. Best regards, Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
Awesome
Megan_G, July 2022
Our guide was fantastic, made it a really fun day. Would highly recommend this tour. Thanks heaps for an awesome day!
Response from Host, July 2023
Thank you so much for your awesome review of our Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour! We're thrilled to hear that you had a fun and fantastic day with our guide. Your recommendation means a lot to us. We hope to see you again for more adventures in the future. Thanks heaps for choosing us! - Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
Great excursion through Atherton Tablelands
Edward_M, July 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.
Response from Host, July 2023
Thank you Edward, for joining us on our Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time and enjoyed the stunningly beautiful places we visited. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides always aim to make the experience memorable. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again for more adventures in the future! - Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours
Great Day on the Waterfalls
Steve_S, June 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
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!
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
Awesome day
Sue, Mar 2021
Amazing scenery, wildlife and swimming. Our tour guide James shared his great knowledge of the area , fantastic day ⭐️
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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