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Atherton Tablelands Rainforest & Waterfalls Adventure

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Get wet and wild on this epic day trip to the best waterfalls near Cairns!

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  • Super fun small group tour with a maximum of 19 people
  • Visit Lake Eacham, Dinner Falls & Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Swim in a volcanic crater lake & slide down natural rockslides

What we'll do

See all the best bits of the Atherton Tablelands on this chilled day trip!

This fun day trip by Barefoot Tours is absolutely the best way for young and young-at-heart travellers to experience the Atherton Tablelands. Starting early in Cairns, you'll board a minibus with 18 other travellers and be entertained by your guide as head into the rainforest. The cool thing about this tour is the flexible itinerary, meaning you won't ever feel like you're just being rushed from one place to the next. Your tour guides have a cheeky, slightly non-PC style of humour and enjoy some good banter.

Throughout the day you'll take dips at some of Cairns most impressive waterfalls (Millaa Millaa falls, Dinner falls, Elinjaa falls), slide down the natural rock slide at Josephine falls, explore the mystic curtain of roots set by a half a century old (Cathedral or) Curtain Fig tree, and swim in the volcanic crater lake known as Lake Eacham. You'll make new friends and enjoy a tropical morning tea, a yummy picnic lunch and snack on Aussie Tim Tams!

This rainforest and waterfalls adventure promises to be full of laughs, adventures and classic Aussie experiences - book your spot today!

What to know

  • Tour days: most days except for Sundays
  • Price includes: 
    • 10.5+ hour guided activity
    • Multiple swimming spots including waterfalls & a natural water slide
    • Beautiful lookouts & awesome photo opportunities
    • Wildlife spotting (cassowaries, tree kangaroos)
    • Morning tea (fruits, cakes, & muffins)
    • Locally grown tea & plunger coffee
    • Picnic lunch (fresh bread, salad items, meat & fruit platter)
    • Snacks including Tim Tams and fruit
    • Air-conditioned transport
    • Transfers to/from your Cairns accommodation
  • Language: Tour is given in Australian (kind of like English)
  • Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting mostly of young travellers. 
  • Group size: Up to 19 people
  • Age range: Most participants are in their 20s and 30s but everyone is welcome - provided you're over 10!
  • Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 2 days in advance.

About your guides

Barefoot Tours is a Cairns-based small tour company. All of Barefoot Tour's guides have all been involved in tourism and tour guiding for many years. They have travelled extensively throughout Australia and the world, finally settling down in one of their favourite places, Cairns, in the beautiful Far North Queensland.

All Barefoot Tour's guides are excellent swimmers with experience in water safety, so if you tend to impersonate a rock while swimming, don’t worry, you’re in pretty good hands. All guides are required to possess the following: First Aid & CPR training, police checks; water safety/rescue skills; know how to have fun; love to laugh; cheeky, slightly non-PC humour; and the ability to make a good sandwich.

    Frequently asked questions

    • What should I bring? Togs, swimmers, bikini, or boardies; a towel; camera; a dry change of clothes (something warmer in winter); water bottle; casual footwear (thongs/flip-flops are okay)
    • Is lunch included? Lunch is included on this tour and consists of fresh bread, salad items, and a meat & fruit platter. Vegetarian and vegan options are available - please inform us of any dietary requirements when booking.
    • Where do we start? Pick-up is available from most Cairns city centre hotels and hostels. Please provide us with your address when booking.
    • Where do we finish? Drop-off is available for most Cairns city centre hotels and hostels.
    • When do we start and finish? The tour starts between 7:00 am - 8:00 am and finishes at approximately 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  
    • What days does the tour operate? Tours operate most days except for Sundays (check calendar for availability).
    • Who can come? All guests must be over 10 years old. 
    • How fit do you have to be? The bush walks are all short and easy, but you do need to be fairly fit and healthy and good on your feet (some of the tracks can be a little difficult otherwise). You must be able to swim to fully enjoy this tour.
    • Will we see wildlife? We can't guarantee that you'll see wildlife as they are "wild" (funny, that), but your guides will do their absolute best to find some for you. You might be really lucky and even see a tree kangaroo or cassowary.
    • What if the weather is bad? Will my tour be cancelled? This tour goes out in all types of weather, provided it is safe to do so. Rainy days are generally more adventurous and you might see more and do more as you and the group really get into it and chase those waterfalls! On sunny days you can take your time a little more, soak in the sun and relax!

    Cancellation policy

    • Cancellations made 24 hours or more before the activity starts will receive a full refund.
    • No cancellations can be made within 24 hours of the activity. 
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      YIYUN Z.

      Rainforest is incredible with the amazing curtain fig tree, all kinds of banksia, and uniquely shaped plants. Wildlife is incredible with the turkeys valiantly walking through the trees and the platypus adorably swimming with its little cute forelimbs. The three waterfalls are incredible, incredible, and incredible, especially for swimming lovers and fun adventurers. Overall, everything is incredible, incredible, incredible and truly worths to experience.

      A H.
      Very satisfied

      The sights we saw were definitely 5 stars - the Millaa Millaa falls were my favorite and it was amazing to swim right up to it! The other stops were also great and I loved seeing all these sights. The tour itself was good as well but I felt like it was missing something - while it provided everything it advertised, it felt like it was missing a certain wow factor. I think it was a combination of my group being pretty low energy and our tour guide, Gabs, being very new to this position - she was still amazing (great voice and ukulele skills!) but was still figuring things out a bit. Overall still very satisfied and glad I went on this tour!

      Would do it again in a heartbeat!

      Literally had the best day with the best guide - Daryl, he is such a legend! It rained all day but it was still great, he took us all over and knew al about the history which was great. The views and waterfalls are breathtaking. I would highly recommend anyone coming to cairns to do this tour! Lots of food and snacks through the day! I would do it again in a heartbeat!

      Awesome even if it was a rainy day

      Did the Atherton your with Daryl and it was awesome even if it was a rainy day. Daryl gives you a lot of informations about the wild, nature, animals, plants. Also about history and travelling. We had a really great time I definitely recommend this place.

      Can't remember laughing so much in a long time

      Epic tour! Tour guides are awesome. Can't remember laughing so much in a long time :p