Exclusive Atherton Tablelands - Private Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Adventure / Active, Day Trip / Out of Town, Local Experience, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: No. Our tours are all about less time driving and more time exploring! Nature lovers of all ages can enjoy our tours!

Friendly: No.
As our philosophy is a little 'off the beaten track'. It may not be the best option for travellers who are wheelchair bound or require the use of other mobility aids.

Maximum travelers: 7



English (fluent)

Explore the Tablelands Rainforest, take a cruise on Lake Barrine and spot wild Platypus!

On this spectacular Tablelands adventure, we visit the ancient Cathedral Fig Tree. An 800 year old relic of the flora kingdom. Learn about the intricate life story of the Giant Fig while enjoying morning chorus. Over 120 birds can be found and heard in the area.

Travelling on to Lake Barrine for some beautiful morning tea, your guide will take you on a journey through the lakeside rainforest. Enjoy a one hour lake cruise for more wildlife opportunities. Listen out for our Bird of Paradise, the Victoria's Rifle Bird and many other elusive creatures

We continue on our way for a delicious lunch and some Platypus spotting!

To finish off the day, we take in the fantastic panoramas of Milla Milla lookout and a nice long swim or simply relax at Lake Eacham, often a highlight and a pleasant cool off.

Returning to Cairns approximately 5:30pm


0730 Pickup in Cairns
Travel up the panoramic Gillies highway learning about the environment and enjoying views of Goldsborough Valley

0845 Lake Barrine
Starting with our guided Rainforest walk. The walk takes 30 minutes, it is 600 meters long and easy to accomplish

0930 Crater Lake Cruise
Take a cruise around the lake, learn about the history, flora and fauna of the region. The lake cruise is a great opportunity to spot birds, eels, fish, reptiles and other unique wildlife.

1030 Morning Tea at Lake Barrine
Famous scones with jam and cream at Lake Barrine! Topped off with a REAL coffee or some Devonshire tea.

1130 Tarzali Lakes for Platypus viewing and lunch

1330 Lake Eacham
This is our chance to let our hair down and have a gorgeous swim in Lake Eacham. Surrounded by rainforest and plenty of change/bathroom facilities for swimming gear.

1500 Cathedral Fig Tree
One of our highlights is the ancient fig tree boardwalk, a nice leisurely stroll to see an epic rainforest survivor

1730 arrive Cairns

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will pick your group up from your accommodation in the Cairns city area

End location: Tour also completes in Cairns

Duration: 10 hours


Modern clean four wheel drive with air conditioning

What’s Included

Other: Professional accredited guide
The Incredible Cathedral Fig Tree!
Morning tea and scones at the Lake Barrine Tea House
Lake Barrine Wildlife Cruise
Interpretive Rainforest walk
Tropical lunch at Tarzali Platypus park
A refreshing swim at Eacham Crater
Platypus Spotting in the wild!
Fuel levy & National Park fees
Insect repellent and Sunscreen
First Aid Kit in vehicle
Binoculars in vehicle

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 AUD - This tour has no extra costs, however you might prefer to bring some cash for your personal expenses. For example, water, snacks or souvenirs.

What’s Extra

Other: This tour has no extra costs, however you might prefer to bring some cash for your personal expenses. For example, water, snacks or souvenirs.

A Recent Review of this tour

James was amazing and made my tour an absolutely magical adventure.  My husband couldn't go and James knew I'd been ill so he really watched over me and ensured I stayed well.  He was kind, unbelievably knowledgeable about history, culture and flora and fauna of area.  We saw incredible wildlife on tour. When I forgot to pick up some souvenirs, he went back and bought them for me.  I would recommend him to anyone who loves nature and a bit of adventure. Been on 60 tours thus far and his tour was the best.
Susan Johnson

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