Herberton Historical Village
Herberton Historical Village- Step back in time and enjoy all the relics of yesteryear. This popular attraction is so well set out, you will not want to leave. Many visitors to the region have been known to spend a whole day here.
Afghanstan Avenue of Honour
Afghanstan Avenue of Honour- A fantastic tribute to our fallen soldiers. Set overlooking Lake Tinaroo, this memorial is a must see. The dawn service on ANZAC Day is an unforgettable experience, if you have the opportunity to attend.
The Australian Platypus Park
The Australian Platypus Park – Situated in Tarzali, for a small fee, you are guaranteed to see a platypus fossicking for food in their natural environment. Lunch can be purchased here.
Crystal Caves- Cracking a geode is what this place is famous for, however the underground tour of the caves should be a priority. The display of crystals and minerals from all around the world on the self-tour is nothing short of astonishing. This is one of my favourite attractions on the Tablelands. The shop is beautifully set out, but underground is where the true beauty is.
Shaylee’s Strawberries- Experience the joy of picking your own strawberries fresh from the field or pre-purchase from their onsite shop. Ice creams and jams are also available.
Rail Trail- Grab your bikes and navigate your way through the Rail Trail. Informative picture boards are along the way. This is the perfect activity to stimulate your senses, whilst getting in some light exercise.
Tait"s Wongabel Stables
Tait’s Wongabel Stables- Horse riding packages to suit all riders. You don’t need to be an experienced rider to enjoy this activity, first time riders very welcome.
Coffee and Clay
Coffee and Clay (Yungaburra)- There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a coffee or meal while the children are entertained! Grab a piece of pottery and some paints and let the kids get creative. This is a really pleasurable activity to share as a family.
Halloran’s Hill Lookout- Soak up the uninterrupted views of local farmlands, whilst the kids play at the local park. BBQ’s are available for use.
Millaa Millaa Lookout
Millaa Millaa Lookout- Also known as Gentle Annie, this lookout is breath-taking. Sunrise, sunset or any time throughout the day you will be mesmerised by the views. Don’t forget your camera.
Tolga Bat Hospital
Tolga Bat Hospital (Carrington)- These people are serious about education. Impressive displays and tours are on offer at this hospital. Bats may not be your favourite animal, but this establishment has worked hard to educate guests as to why bats are important to our environment, while explaining its lifespan.
Granite Gorge- Take a short walk around the gorge whist hand-feeding the rock wallabies and peacocks along the way.
Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park
Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park- From the novice to the thrill seekers, something for everyone interested in mountain bike riding.
Mareeba Drive-In- It’s still a thing! Park up, grab a choc top and watch a movie from the back of your ute.
Hou Wang Temple
Hou Wang Temple (Atherton)-Established in 1903, the temple and furnishings are all authentic. A small fee is asked in exchange for an informative tour explaining Chinese Australian history.
Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloon Mareeba- What better way to see the region than from the air. If early mornings and heights are on your list of must dos, then you will love to start your day with a ride on a hot air balloon.
Tolga Museum-An excellent display of history with stories from war times, farming and the timber industry.
Butterfly Sanctuary- Large varieties of butterfly species can be observed from plain, vibrant and multi-coloured to tantalise your eyes, as they flutter about in the enclosures. So magical.
Mareeba Heritage Museum
Mareeba Heritage Museum- Coffee and history all in one. Enjoy a hot cuppa whilst reading the displays on the history of the region.
Skyrail Kuranda- On a clear day this activity is the perfect way to ride down the mountain (and back up again). Gift and coffee shop attached, carts are air-conditioned.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway- A lovely way to climb the mountain and see a view that you can’t see by road. Stop at a few viewing locations along the way, this attraction is always a winner with the children. Alternatively, take the Skyrail up and Kuranda Scenic Train back, or vice versa.
Etty Bay- On the coast, but it’s one of my favourites, so I just had to mention it. You could never get tired of watching cassowaries walking along the beach. This is something so special to see and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Beware these are wild birds and can do some damage. They aren’t shy in helping themselves to your picnic lunch. A short 1 hour 15 minutes from Malanda, the perfect day trip to have lunch and dip your feet in the ocean.
Innot Hot Springs
Innot Hot Springs- Thermal waters packed with minerals that are said to heal the soul. Well worth a visit. Accommodation and food available.
Birdworld Kuranda- From macaws to parrots, this tourist attraction will entertain you with its many species of birdlife. The birds fly freely within an enclosure that you share with them. It’s a photo opportunity not to be missed.
Spy Museum (Herberton)- Take a tour and learn the history of cameras and photography. Fantastic display on site.
Wilderness expeditions- Have you ever dreamed of trekking through beautiful terrain whilst riding a donkey? This is an experience of a life time. Different packages available, no experience necessary.
Kur-cow Barnwell Farm
KUR-cow Barnwell Farm (Kuranda)- Head out for the day to see the animals, ride a quad bike, or maybe a horse. Restaurant on site.
Odyssey Paintball (Wongabel)- Seriously entertaining for anyone aged 15+.
Windy Hill Lookout
Windy Hill Lookout- Head towards the highest town in Queensland, Ravenshoe, and you won’t miss the huge wind turbines on Windy Hill. Drive up to the Lookout for a photo opportunity of rolling, green hills, farmland and tropical rainforest in the distance and to read the information board.
Herberton Mining Museum
Herberton Mining Museum- Located at the back of the Herberton Visitors Information Centre there is the most impressive collection of old time memorabilia. For a gold coin donation you can view the display and it is well worth a visit.
Rainforest Station Kuranda
Rainforest Station, Kuranda- Ride the army duck through the rainforest and learn about the rainforest animals, before heading over to view the Aboriginal people partaking in traditional dancing.
Mamu Walk- Half-way down the Palmerston Highway is a view like no other. Take a walk above the trees and get a birds-eye view of the rainforest and the Johnstone River ravines. This water source begins at Merragallan Road, Malanda and traverses through farming lands, rocky ravines and the dense rainforest before spilling out to sea at Innisfail
Paronella Park (Mena Creek)- Not on the Tablelands, however worthy of a mention. Take a tour of this magical place and learn the history of this Spanish castle. Night tours available, it is breathtaking to see the place light up after dark.
Tinaroo Falls Dam
Tinaroo Falls Dam- Tinaroo Falls Dam was constructed in the 1950’s and the water from this area supplies irrigation to large areas of farming lands through a channel system. When the dam is full the excess water thunders over the spillway. It is a spectacular sight to behold.