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Welcome to the Atherton Tablelands

West of the Great Dividing Range, just a little over an hour by road from Cairns, you enter the highlands and diverse ecosystems of the Atherton Tablelands.

With a starting altitude of 500m, the climate ( immediately changes from the coastal humidity as soon as you come up either of the ranges. From Mareeba, at the northern side of the Atherton Tablelands and gateway to Cape York, boasting 300 sunny days a year to the lush rolling green hills of Millaa Millaa, on the southern end, there is the general average of 5 to 8 degrees Celsius difference to the east coast.

Head south west to Ravenshoe, the highest town in Queensland and further to Mt Garnet from where you can travel on south to central Queensland or turn and follow the Savannah Way.

The Atherton Tablelands is the northern central hub which offers a vitality of life and a place for lifestyle and industry.


Georgetown is on the Etheridge River in Far North Queensland, Australia. The Gulf Developmental Road passes through the town, linking Cairns - 380 kilometres (240 mi) to the east - and Normanton - 301 kilometres (187 mi) to the west. Georgetown is the administrative headquarters of the Shire of Etheridge, a local government area encompassing the nearby settlements of Mount Surprise, Forsayth and Einasleigh.

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Hastie's Swamp

Bird Lover's ParadiseNyletta Wetlands

Just minutes from Atherton, the Hastie's Swamp National Park is 57 hectares gazetted for the protection of wildlike, in particular, it is home to a wide diversity of birdlife. The eucalypt and rainforest surrounds offers a refuge for the resident and migrant birds which habitate the aquatic open ares, reeds, muddy edges and sedgeland.

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Lake Tinaroo

Lake Tinaroo, the Atherton Tablelands' major recreational water area was constructed in the 1950's to provide water to the Mareeba- Dimbulah Irrigation Scheme. Fed by the Barron River, some smaller creeks and rain fall, Tinaroo Dam covers an area of 3,500 hectares (8,600 acres).

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Located north of Mareeba, the small town of Dimbulah  caters to the surrounding farming community and the tourists who venture north to Cape York.
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The tiny town of Kairi is close to Lake Tinaroo and is recognised by the heritage listed Maize Silos. Kairi has a primary school, hotel, service station and post office which service the campers and water sports recreational users at Lake Tinaroo as well as those who permanently live in the rural and rural residential developments.
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The highest town in Queensland, Ravenshoe boosts a friendly country atmosphere with wide streets and a drier cooler climate and is the gateway to central and western Queensland.
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Millaa Millaa

Nested in the green misty hills, Millaa Millaa is the southern gateway to the Atherton Tablelands.  Once the dairy industry capital with a butter factory, Millaa Millaa now offers a quiet peaceful lifestyle for those who want a rural ambience.
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Atherton, the commercial town of the Atherton Tablelands is centrally based  between Malanda, Herberton, Mareeba  and Yungaburra. An hour and half drive from Cairns, Atherton’s humid subtropical climate at an elevation of 752m is ideal for growing a variety of crops; including sugar cane, peanuts, mangoes, maize (corn), potatoes, avocados, blueberries, macadamia nuts and small vegetables.  Dairy and beef cattle are also prominent with Gallo Dairyland  being an agri tourism venture featuring cheese and chocolate.
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The northern gateway of the Atherton Tablelands, Mareeba boosts 300 sunny days a year. The drier climate and fertile soils create an agricultural hub that continually develops; historically tobacco was the lucrative industry but today it’s mangoes, avocados, bananas, lychees, sugar cane, coffee and a wide variety of vegetables and tropical fruits.
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Meaning ‘red mud’ in the local Aboriginal language, Tolga is a small town on the Kennedy Highway,  five  minutes from Atherton on the way to Mareeba. One of the drier climates, Tolga was once famous for the peanuts grown, but now has a wider diversity of agriculture include corn, potatoes, sugarcane, avocadoes, mangoes, macadamia, lychees, cut flowers and cattle grazing.
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The attractive heritage tourist village of Yungaburra, surrounded by lush rolling hills is minutes from Lake Tinaroo , the volcanic lakes of Barrine & Eacham and the Seven Sisters, extinct volcanic cinder cones.
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The rural hub of the Atherton Tablelands, Malanda is a friendly welcoming community servicing the southern Atherton Tablelands region, just 85 kilometres from Cairns (about an hour’s drive up the Gillies Highway). Malanda, guarded by Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland’s highest mountain, is surrounded by the natural icons; lush rainforests,  the crater lakes of Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham, the recreational & water supply Lake Tinaroo, the cinder cones of the Seven Sisters, Malanda Falls  and  the picturesque extinct crater Mt Quincan and Mt  Hypipamee.
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