Northern Experience Eco Tour Paronella Park , Rainforest & Waterfalls

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Adult ( Inc. Lunch)
Child 4-14yrs ( Inc. Lunch)
Family 2A2C ( Inc. Lunch)
Infant 0-3yrs old

Tour Information

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Discover the natural beauty and history of the Atherton Tablelands on this full-day tour, covering over 300km packed with pristine rainforest waterfalls, ancient tropical rainforests and the intriguing history of heritage-listed Paronella Park. Amongst a small group in our air-conditioned bus, our expert guides reveal the secrets of the rolling landscapes and charming townships of the Tablelands, taking time to pause for unforgettable scenic views, rainforest encounters and of course, a dip in the cool rainforest waters of Millaa Millaa Falls and Babinda Boulders.

  • Full-day tour
  • Small group touring
  • Expert tour guides
  • Spectacular scenic lookouts
  • World Heritage rainforest
  • Visit two waterfalls
  • Lake Barrine
  • 1000-year-old twin kauri pines
  • Curtain Fig Tree
  • Yungaburra & Malanda townships
  • Swim at Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Visit Babinda Boulders (if time permits)
  • Restaurant quality lunch
  • Paronella Park & guided walk


Your full-day discovery tour of the Atherton Tablelands and Paronella Park starts with a coach pickup from your Cairns accommodation or alternative meeting point, between 7.15am – 7.45am. Travelling south from Cairns in our air-conditioned coach, your first photo opportunity is at the towering Walsh’s Pyramid, a Cairns icon and one of the largest naturally formed pyramids in the world at over 900 metres in height.

Onwards through the verdant green landscape of the Goldsborough Valley, we commence our ascent into the cool tropical rainforest climes of the Atherton Tablelands via the Gillies Highway. Rainforest giants stand sentinel over our winding path, breaking momentarily at Heales lookout for a spectacular vista over the valley and out to the Coral Sea.

Our first stop in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area comes at Lake Barrine, in Crater Lakes National Park, where a short guided walk with our expert guide reveals the area’s ancient natural history at the 1000-year-old twin kauri pines, true giants of the rainforest.

After a walk imbibing the rainforest ambience, it’s time for Devonshire tea: enjoy freshly-baked scones with jam and cream, washed down with locally-grown, fresh brewed tea and coffee. Birdwatchers will delight in the array of ducks, pelicans, sea eagles and various other seasonal visitors to the lake, in addition to tortoises, eels, water monitors and various species of snakes sunning themselves on the shoreline.

When you book Tour B, you can relax in the teahouse overlooking Lake Barrine, or take a leisurely walk through the rainforest walking tracks, keeping watch in the water for eels and turtles, in the trees for Boyd’s forest dragons and on the rainforest floor for Australia’s most ancient marsupial: the musky rat-kangaroo.

Next stop is the historical town of Yungaburra, where your guide will share the township’s logging past, taking you on a driving tour around this quaint town and showcasing the many heritage-listed buildings. He will even stop for a photo or two! From Yungaburra it is a short drive to the Curtain Fig Tree, which towers more than 45 metres into the rare Mabi forest of its namesake, Curtain Fig Tree National Park. Leading a fascinating boardwalk tour, your guide shares the unlikely story behind the formation of this 600-800 year-old epiphyte, while also looking out for unique wildlife in the rainforest canopy, like green ring-tailed possums, eastern whip birds, Victoria’s rifle birds the rare Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo.

Next is a driving tour through the historical dairy town of Malanda, home to Australia’s oldest continuously running commercial picture theatre and another slice of Australiana, the charming Malanda Hotel. After a 30-minute drive travelling through rolling green pastures, home to teeming rainforest streams and beef, dairy and sugar cane, we then arrive at Millaa Millaa Falls. Seem familiar? It’s one of Australia’s most-photographed waterfalls! Jump into the cool rainforest waters and shower under the falls as they tumble over 20 metres from volcanic lava flow formed over 1 million years ago. Or, sit and enjoy the sights and sounds from the rainforest canopy.

We descend from the Atherton Tablelands via the Palmerston Highway and through the traditional lands of the Mamu people, passing expansive sugar cane and banana fields to the coastal town of Innisfail. With lunch included, you’ll enjoy lunch before heading to Paronella Park. The extensive National Trust-listed gardens at Paronella Park are our next stop, where a 45-minute guided tour in English, Chinese or Japanese tells the story of the park’s memorable architecture, set amongst sprawling tropical gardens and inspired by founder José Paronella’s dream of a Spanish castle.

Photo opportunities abound here, from Kauri Avenue to Teresa Falls, the Grand Staircase and suspension bridge over Mena Creek Falls. With 2.5 hours here, you’ll have ample time to explore the grounds, appreciate its history and capture some memorable moments.

Now, we head north towards Cairns, stopping at a local banana farm where you can buy your very own taste of the tropics with local bananas, papaya and seasonal, home-grown fruit. Onwards past Babinda, where — time permitting — we stop for another dip at Babinda Boulders, sampling the tranquil waters nestled between striking granite boulders. Babinda, Queensland’s wettest town with more than four metres annual rainfall, sits between Queensland’s two highest mountains: Mount Bartle Frere (1,611 metres) and Mount Bellender Ker (1,593 metres). These majestic peaks are blanketed in World Heritage-listed rainforest and form part of the Great Dividing Range, Australia’s most substantial mountain range and the fifth longest land-based range in the world. From its beginning off the tip of Queensland, it spans 3,500 kilometres through into New South Wales then Victoria before ending at the Grampians: quite a stretch!

Following these northern portions of the Great Dividing Range home with a full day of rainforest, history and waterfalls behind us, it is approximately a 50-60 minute drive back to the city of Cairns and onwards to your accommodation, arriving between 5.30 – 6.00pm.

Tour Inclusions

  • Devonshire morning tea: scones and tea/coffee at lake barrine teahouse. (option b)
  • Rainforest lakeside walk. Visit the twin Kauri Pines at Lake Barrine
  • Curtain fig tree and elevated Rainforest Boardwalk
  • Millaa Millaa Falls, including time for a swim
  • Quality lunch at a local restaurant. (option b)
  • Paronella Park including priority entry, 45-minute guided tour & free time to explore
  • Visit iconic local landmarks, including Walsh’s pyramid, Heales lookout, Yungaburra, curtain fig tree, Malanda, Crawford’s lookout, Millaa Millaa falls
  • Rainforest swim at babinda boulders (time permitting)
  • Taste the tropics. buy your own locally grown tropical fruit at local fruit stall
  • Return hotel transfers (cairns area only). paid transfers available for northern beaches hotels ($30 per person) or make your way to collection points
  • Attractions and all national parks permit fees as per itinerary
  • Small group touring in comfortable, air-conditioned buses

Tour Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance
  • Personnel Consumption


  • Free Hotel Transfer from/to Cairns City ( Northern Beaches hotel Need transfer )


  • All rates are in australian dollars, include gst & are valid until 31st march 2025.
  • Infant price exclude meals


  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable covered walking shoes
  • Swimwear, towel and change of clothes.
  • Bottled water
  • Light jacket in cooler months (June – Oct), when the Tablelands can be quiet cool early in the morning, but still hot enough for swimming later in the day.
  • Umbrella (if rain is forecast)
  • Camera with spare batteries and enough room on the memory card.
  • Cash / credit card as we visit two very well-equipped gift shops with mostly locally-made products.
  • A sense of adventure and thirst for great views!

Cancellation Policy

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3 review for Northern Experience Eco Tour Paronella Park , Rainforest & Waterfalls

  1. Enjoyable Experience

    The trip was pretty great. The ranger knew their stuff and made it interesting. We wandered through a UNESCO World Heritage rainforest, checking out ancient trees like the 1000-year-old twin kauri pines and the curtain fig tree—definitely highlights.
    Paronella Park and its waterfall were a chill, beautiful, and historically rich stop. Overall, a laid-back and comfy trip. The scenery was top-notch; some moments even took my breath away. I’d say it’s a solid recommendation, especially if you’re rainforest-curious but not up for a marathon journey.”
    这次旅行非常棒。导游展现出令人钦佩的知识讲解生动有趣。我们漫步在联合国教科文组织认定的世界自然遗产雨林中,欣赏着像千年双库里松和帷幕榕树这样的古老树木.绝对是亮点,天空之城及其瀑布是一个宁静、美丽且富有历史底蕴的中途站。欣赏其迷人的瀑布,成为美丽和历史意义的和谐融合。整体体验散发着宁静和舒适感。这些如画的风景,有些甚至让人屏住呼吸, 总体而言,这是一次悠闲而舒适的旅行。风景一流,我会说这是一个强烈的推荐,特别适合那些对雨林好奇但不愿进行漫长旅程的的人

    Arthur 6 months ago

  2. Beautiful experience

    It’s a strikingly beautiful location, and its charm persists even when the weather isn’t perfect. The staff there are not only friendly but also deeply passionate about their work, which truly adds to the experience. They thoughtfully provided umbrellas for all guests and offered a well-equipped gift shop and cafe. I wholeheartedly recommend experiencing both the day and night tours; it’s exceptional value for the experience you get. The night tour, with its captivating light show, is nothing short of fantastic. I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you find yourself in the area, do set aside some time to explore this wonderful piece of history.

    Richard 7 months ago

  3. 值得一去

    天空之城有中文导游详细的讲解。最大的亮点是晚上看着灯光下的城堡,听现场小提琴演奏天空之城的主题曲, 很有氛围感。现在还会看当时录的视频。

    Kelly 1 year ago

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