The Atherton Tablelands, also known as the Cairns Highlands, is a very popular destination for locals and visitors from all around the world. Known as being the hot air balloon capital of the world, this region is also renowned for its spectacular scenery and astonishing natural wonders as well as producing gourmet food and wine. The cool, tropical tablelands are also home to a number of welcoming bed and breakfasts, eco lodges, holiday parks and other accommodation.
Meet us in Mareeba as a self drive option for you hot air balloon ride and travel with the Pilot team as they choose our launchsite for the morning, checkout the weather and setup the balloons and save some money without a Cairns ($10) or Port Douglas ($30) transfer needed.
Take a scenic drive from Cairns, Port Douglas, the Daintree, Cooktown or Cape York to visit the Atherton Tablelands and to choose your holiday accommodation. A romantic stay at Eden House Retreat and Luxury Spa, is an amazing way to celebrate your wedding anniversary or honeymoon. Or experience the Australian Outback at Jabiru Safari Lodge at Mareeba Wetlands.
Try something different with Wilderness Expeditions. They conduct short and extended walking and camping treks into little known and isolated parts of North Queensland and Cape York using teams of pack donkeys to carry food and camping equipment. PO Box 472 HERBERTON
Enjoy a hot air ballooning experience as well as many other activities, tours and attractions that this region has on offer. Perhaps you would like to visit Kuranda Village where you can explore the markets which have a range of local products on offer. In Kuranda you can also visit the Butterfly Sanctuary or Bird World. Discover the caves and rock formations at Chillagoe or Undara Lava tubes. Go camping, fishing and swimming at Lake Koombooloomba, Lake Eacham, Lake Barrine or Lake Tinaroo. Take a tour of the many spectacular waterfalls scattered throughout the tablelands. Visit a winery or distillery which produce award winning wines. The region produces a range of crops including fruit, sugar cane, coffee and much more. Skybury Coffee Plantation is an award winning Australian Coffee attraction which offers coffee tasting tours and more.