The Atherton Tablelands is fast developing a reputation as an outdoor recreation destination, with its refreshing tropical climate, mountains, wide open spaces and safe year-round swimming. Horse riding, bushwalking, waterskiing, sailing, fishing and cycling are all on offer. The Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail provides a great way to explore on foot, horseback or bicycle , while the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park offers world class rides to take your breath away!
Rare tree-kangaroos, shy platypus and dancing brolgas are just some of the unique Australian wildlife you can discover on the Tablelands. Encompassing World Heritage rainforests, wetlands and outback savannahs, it is no wonder the region is renowned for its diversity. The crystal clear crater lakes and waterfalls are a legacy of the region’s volcanic past, and there are plenty of walking tracks to discover the area.
Heritage and Culture
The Tablelands has a rich heritage and stories of the local Indigenous people, the early pioneers, miners, farmers, and a once thriving Chinese community are told in some of the local museums and heritage displays. The region also has a thriving and diverse arts community, with galleries including the Tableland Regional Art Gallery, and art studios displaying works of local artists and boutique gifts.
Gourmet Food and Markets
The Tableland’s rich farm land has not only created stunning landscapes but produces some of Australia’s best gourmet food outlets, with speciality coffee, chocolate, tea, coffee, cheese and dairy, wine and spirits all within a short drive. A highlight on the annual event calendar is the Taste of the Tablelands, held in October. The region is also well known for its local weekend markets providing farm fresh produce and local arts and crafts.
TRC has a busy events calendar, with activities for a range of interests. The annual Tastes of the Tablelands festival is a mouthwatering smorgasbord of local gourmet produce and demonstrations, while the Tinaroo Barra Bash is a challenge for the keenest of fishermen. Several challenging sporting events take place in the region, including the internationally renowned Croc Trophy, and mountain bike competitions at the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park. The Tablelands Folk Festival is a must for music lovers, and the Yungaburra Triathlon based on the shores of Lake Tinaroo attracts competitors from near and far in support of the charity Soldier On. Agricultural shows and festivals are also held in many communities, including the Torimba Festival in Ravenshoe which showcases some of the best timber artists in Australia, while billy cart racing and pioneer days are also a must! Find out what’s on or add your own event to our Events Calendar.