Our Adventure in the Atherton Tablelands
EXPLORING THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS
We Discover Far
North Queensland’s Best Kept Tourist Secret
In Far North Queensland
lies a land full of history, great scenic beauty and adventure, yet relatively
few Australians take time to explore it.
That’s a shame,
because the Atherton Tableland is one of the most fascinating regions anywhere
Cairns and a million miles from the bright lights and tourist hordes of
the coast is this vast region of tiny towns, rainforests and waterfalls.
Less than an
hour west of
It is well worth
spending several days exploring and staying at the many excellent accommodation
outlets available…which, I might say, are also a million times friendlier than
the multi storey conglomerates down on the coast.
THE TWO SIDES OF
Kuranda is one
of those beautiful little villages perched high in the clouds above Cairns, in the Macalister Ranges, that have
become a massive tourist attraction. North Queensland’s history book.
generally come by the Kuranda scenic railway and return on the Skyway which is
an aerial tramway above the rainforest.
Despite the crowds,
it is well worth staying a night or two in Kuranda because there is so much to
see and do.
We stayed at the
Kuranda Hotel Motel which is a page right out of
Here you can
learn about the early history of the region, with many historic photos and
artefacts, while enjoying hearty pub fare cooked country style in Fanny
O’Reillys Irish Bar and Grill. They also serve some wonderful beers.
Mine Host, Barry
Smith is in himself a wonderful character and a wonderful teller of local legends.
Barry told us that he was undefeated in an extensive career as a boxer in the
tent shows that used to travel the roads.
There are lots
of things to do in Kuranda and the town is alive with markets and animal
sanctuaries with creatures as diverse as wallabies, koalas, moths and insects.
It is possible to buy a day pass which lets you visit all the major attractions.
And once the
tourist masses go home on the railway or the Skyway, the locals and long term
visitors come out to play and Kuranda becomes more like your typical country
town. We took the time for a late afternoon stroll and cup of coffee under the
Index to images, from the top;
Kuranda Markets ... Birdworld ... Butterfly Sanctuary ... "Big" Barry being interviwed for Travel TV Show