Cairns and Atherton Tablelands
Atherton Tablelands is a scenic one hour drive west from Cairns. It is a fertile plateau which is part of the Great Dividing Range. The fertility of the soils in the region are due to the volcanic origins of the land.
On our first trip, our friend and excellent guide, Mundi, drove us in a circular route from which we visited the awesome Cathedral Fig Tree and the Curtain Fig Tree. We had lunch and a walked at the picturesque, quiet Lake Barron.
On our second trip we visited Davies Creek ato the creek and waterfalls as well as some unusual grass trees. We had lunch at Coffee Works, where they grow their own coffee beans, and then called into Mango Drop Winery where we tasted some wines and Mango liqueur. We continued on to Granite Gorge to see the wallabys.
Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforest Skyrail – at 8.30am we set off on an historic train that ascended 1000 feet across the rainforest of the World Heritage Barron Gorge National Park. The train stopped for passengers to View Barron Falls. Built in 1891, the railway was used to transport the logs down to Cairns. After a short trail walk we walked around historic Kuranda where we enjoyed one of the local specialty pies for lunch.
We returned via the Rainforest Skyrail that passes over the rainforest canopy giving excellent views of the rainforest from above. There are 2 stop off points, one providing views over the Barron Gorge and one having a short walk to view the trees. (the cost is pretty expensive on both the train and skyrail - $48 each one way so AU$96 pp or AU$192 return).
Cairns Botanic Gardens – We walked around the Fletcher Garden, (the gardens also encompass the Centenary Lakes, Rainforest Boardwalk and Tanks Arts Centre).