Rainforest waterfalls & the locals' favourite places


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Tablelands and waterfalls day tour taking to you to some of the locals’ best kept, secret spots. This full day adventure tour showcases some amazing rainforest waterfalls and swimming locations. All natural, refreshing and beautiful. It also takes in some of the most picturesque places on the Atherton Tablelands. We’re talking rolling hills, scattered with dairy farms and patches of rainforest, ancient trees and crater lakes. The Tablelands and waterfalls day tour departs from Cairns every Tuesday and Thursday. Bring swimming costumes, towel, walking shoes, change of clothes and a smile! We provide morning tea and stop along the way so you can buy lunch, or you’re welcome to bring your own. This way we’re able to keep our prices down. Experience a day you’ll remember for years. Book now and let’s go chasing waterfalls.

Babinda Boulders

Babinda Boulders is a popular local swimming spot, steeped in Aboriginal legend and surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. Breathe in the serenity.

Josephine Falls

Josephine Falls has an awesome, natural rock slide, where you can literally slide down the waterfall. Or just relax on the sandy beach and granite boulders.

The Tablelands

The Atherton Tablelands are a much-loved day tour / weekend destination, for Cairns locals. It’s cooler than Cairns and offers a diverse array of things to do.

Millaa Millaa Falls

This place is so stunning it’s hard to believe its natural! A tumbling veil of white water falls from above, into the pool below. Surrounded by tree ferns and rainforest.

Curtain Fig Tree

Now this is a tree! This impressive giant is considered to be one of the largest trees in Queensland. It’s as wide as it is beautiful. Easy viewing on boardwalk.

Malanda Enviro Park

Gentle rainforest walking tracks, where you might see a Tree Kangaroo. Another place to swim in a naturally refreshing waterfall.

Platypus Spotting

Platypus are one of the most unusual looking of Australia’s creatures. They have a duck-like bill, otter-like body and webbed feet. They’re shy and very cute.

Lake Eacham

An extinct volcano that has filled up with water over the years and become one of the best swimming holes in Far North Queensland. Last chance for a dip.


Your Tablelands and waterfalls day tour commences with complimentary pick-ups from your Cairns accommodation. This starts at around 6.45am. Travel is in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach which seats a maximum of 21 guests. Your driver / guide is both knowledgeable and friendly, as well as being totally committed to ensuring your day with us, is simply unforgettable.

Once everyone is aboard, we begin our adventure, heading south to the Babinda Boulders. This drive takes you from Cairns city, into the rural surrounds. The landscape becomes dominated by sugar cane and banana farms, set against a backdrop of the ever-present rainforest mountains.

The Babinda Boulders is a popular local swimming spot, steeped in aboriginal legend. Nestled in tropical rainforest, at the base of Queensland’s tallest mountain Mount Bartle Frere, this location has rainforest boardwalks and stunning scenery.

Our next stop on the Tablelands and waterfalls day tour is Josephine Falls. This is an awesome natural rock slide, where you can sit on a sandy beach and relax, or have a go sliding down the waterfall. The water is cold and refreshing. There’s changing room facilities.

From here, it’s onwards and upwards driving up the Palmerston Range to the Tablelands. We’ll stop at Crawfords Lookout, to take in some of the spectacular views, before heading to Millaa Millaa Falls for a swim.

Millaa Millaa Falls is Australia’s most photographed waterfall and has featured in numerous tv commercials, including the Herbal Essence Shampoo & Qantas Airlines, to name a few. Have a refreshing swim and get some amazing photos.

Then it is off to the Curtain Fig Tree, an amazing and unusual tree that is considered one of the biggest trees in Queensland.

Next stop is the Malanda Environmental Park, where you may get the opportunity to see the elusive Tree Kangaroo. Another chance for a swim, this time at Malanda Falls. Back on the coach, we make our way over to Yungaburra for some Platypus spotting. Top tip, be very, very quiet, these animals are very shy and easy to scare off.

The last stop on our Tablelands and waterfalls day tour is Lake Eacham. This is an extinct volcano that has filled up with water over the years and become one of the best swimming holes in Far North Queensland. Today Lake Eacham is 60 metres deep. Traditionally owned by the Ngadjon-Jii, it’s the centerpiece of Crater Lakes National park. Surrounded by dense rainforest and ideal for swimming.

Morning tea is included in the tour price and we stop along the way, so you can buy lunch or you are welcome to bring your own. This way we’re able to keep our prices down.

Our Tablelands and waterfalls day tour arrives back into Cairns at about 6.30pm, making it a full, fun day. This is where we say good-bye and hope that you will come back and visit us again soon!


The Tablelands and waterfalls day tour departs from Cairns, Tuesday and Thursday. It does not operate on weekends. The first pick-ups commence in Cairns at around 6.45am and you return to Cairns around 6.30pm. For bookings call (07) 4032 0500 (till late) or freecall 1800 838 757 or complete and submit our online Booking Form.

Tablelands and Waterfalls Adventure Tour
Adult $94

Important Info

This tour involves travel to remote locations and includes activities, including but not limited to, swimming, climbing & traversing difficult terrain. A tour of this nature involves a certain degree of risk and the tour operator takes steps to limit this risk. The participant agrees that given the inherent dangers, it would be unreasonable for the tour operator to be held responsible for any injury or death of a participant. Cape Trib Connections maintains its vehicle fleet and machinery to very high standards and cannot be held responsible if events occur such as breakdowns. No refunds will be given for any of the above circumstances. Cape Trib Connections reserves the right to change prices at any time, without notice, as it sees fit.

Cancellation Policy

  • 48 hours to 30 days: 25% of fare
  • within 48 hours: 100% of fare

For more information please email info@capetribconnections.com


What's Included

  • Babinda Boulders
  • Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Josephine Falls
  • Curtain Fig Tree
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Malanda Environmental Park
  • Spectacular Views
  • Platypus Spotting
  • Lake Eacham
  • Morning Tea
  • Guided Commentary
  • Coach Transfers

What to Bring

  • Towel & Swimmers
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Change of Clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunglasses & Hat
  • Lunch (if self-catering)
  • Sunscreen & Insect Repellent
  • Your Ticket or Voucher



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