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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns

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    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: Cairns Night Markets, 54-60 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
    2: Cairns City Backpackers Hostel, 274 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870, Australia

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please note our tour starts doing pick ups around Cairns at 7:00am.

    We arrive at the Cairns Night Markets bus stop at 7:25am.

    If you do not email us your pick up location (more than 24 hours before tour) we will assume you will meet us at the Cairns Night Markets bus stop at 7:25am.

    A different pick up location needs to be organised more than 24 hours prior to your trip & it can not be changed on the morning of. Some third party sites do not pass fourth your contact details so we are unable to email you.
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Morning and Afternoon Tea
    • FREE Picnic Lunch
    • Tour guide/bus driver
    • National Park fees
    • Fun, Adventures and memories for a lifetime
    • Accommodation pick-up / drop-off from Cairns CBD - must contact Barefoot Tours directly for this
    • Use of our umbrellas on a rainy day
    • Entry/Admission - Atherton Tablelands
    • Entry/Admission - Mt. Hypipamee National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • Transfers that are not included, include: Holloways beach, Yorkeys, Machans, Trinity, Palm Cove, Clifton, Port Douglas and anywhere further
    • Your contact details are not passed fourth to the operator, you will need to contact them directly
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    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
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    • 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.
    • !! Please contact Barefoot directly via email or text for other pick up points and times !!
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    We had a phenomenal time with Barefoot Tours! From the beginning, they were very responsive to our email questions and requests, and then followed through with a great day in the Atherton Tablelands. Our guide was knowledgeable and caring, but above all, fun! He made...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank EmiliaHull
    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Great guide and totally worth the money. Good music on the bus, great coffee, lunch and snacks. Would totally recommend.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    1  Thank Anna B
    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Had a great day out today at the waterfalls. And we had a great tour guide terry very funny and very knowledgeable about the area's we went too fab trip I would definitely recommend 👍👍

    Date of experience: October 2019
    1  Thank Kcal85
    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Had a great day with Terry as our tour guide! He has a lot to tell, super fun and takes time to take beautiful photos! Really recommended :)

    Date of experience: October 2019
    1  Thank sanneym
    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Had great day out spent loads of time at each stop and waterfall. Was able to jump into the lake and slide down waterfall and also got to do the hair flip. Great day out and tour guide was fun, chatty and had loads of...More

    1  Thank bexxk2016
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    15 July 2019|
    Response from bilquisfa | Reviewed this property |
    Cairns is a tropical area. 1. So weather is never too cold to swim even in July. however because of heavy rain it could be dangerous sometime due to strong current and you will not be allowed in that weather conditions.we... More
    Jeffrey P
    12 July 2019|
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    Response from Glen A | Reviewed this property |
    Babinda boulders should be a mandatory part of the tour while the Devils Pools is an optional extra that is given for to the tour group for a decision.
    27 April 2019|
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    Response from BarefootTours_2019 | Property representative |
    Oops we are a bit late to see this sorry! Kids are charged at the same rate as adults... however we dont provide the option as we like to check with parents of under 10yrs... some kids dont always like a full day of... More
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