The Fascinating Drive from Cairns to Atherton Tablelands
Australia is a destination that has won many hearts. From natural landscapes to exotic beaches and adventure opportunities, this country has it all. It is no wonder then that travellers from all across the globe make their way into this land of mystery and beauty. With so many places to explore and so many events to experience, it is natural to be overwhelmed by the choices this country offers. However, an unparalleled way of making the most of your visit to Australia is by going on a road trip!
The Atherton Tablelands is a fertile region that comprises quaint towns, awe-inspiring sceneries, lakes and native wildlife. Located just 90kms away, a car hire from Cairns is the best way to scale the distance. While the route is short, it is no way to be underestimated. Here’s a listicle on the best stops you could make for an unforgettable experience.
A town with an old-world charm, Gordonvale is a sugar-growing suburb on the Mulgrave River. Home to nearly 5000 people, this town lies east of the beautiful Gillies Range. It is famous for a number of attractions including The Mulgrave Settlers Museum, the Gordonvale Golf Club and the Walshs Pyramid.
The next stop on this short trip is a small town called Yungaburra, famous for an array of Heritage Sites that adorn it. Another exciting attraction is a Market that is held on the fourth Saturday of each month. If you happen to be travelling during the month of October, you may even be able to participate in the 2-day Yungaburra Folk Festival, a musical extravaganza of international standards.
As a town associated with quality milk and cheese, Malanda is a historic town in close proximity to the Atherton Tablelands. The Malanda Falls Conservation Park, the Peeramon Hotel and Malanda Art Trail make for unusual attractions that deserve a visit. Malanda Falls over the North Johnstone River is a crocodile-free zone and is a great place to take a swim with platypus!
If you believe that you have witnessed the best of nature, then this route has another surprise in store for you. The Waterfall Circuit that comprises a trail of cascading falls including Millaa Millaa, Zillie, Ellinjaa, Pepina and Mungalli Falls awaits you. There is little else in the world that can boast such beauty and magnificence.
As a tourist on a road trip, be sure to keep in mind the country’s many stringent road rules and regulations. Little precautions like wearing your seat belt, not using mobile phones and following road symbols and signals can ensure a delightful experience.