Atherton Tablelands and Mareeba

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.

  • Experience the unique views of the Atherton Tablelands in a hot air balloon.  This is our most popular balloon ride, departing daily from Mareeba in the Cairns Highlands.  After your balloon ride, explore all this tropical region has to offer.    

  • Discover the unique Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland reserve at Jabiru Safari Lodge.  Offering wildlife safaris with experienced guides, at Jabiru Safari Lodge you will enjoy bushwalking, canoeing, bird watching and spotting Australian wildlife. 

  • Eden House Retreat is nestled in the quaint, historic country town of Yungaburra on the picturesque Atherton Tablelands.  The luxury cottages and villas are surrounded by award winning tropical gardens and offer privacy in a romantic setting.  Indulge in the finest beauty,…

  • Skybury Coffee and Tropical Fruit Plantation is located in Mareeba, Far North Queensland.  This award winning Coffee Centre showcases Australian Coffee and tropical fruit.  Here you can see coffee production from start to finish.  Fully escorted tours depart at throughout the…

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