Self drive this delightfully scenic, historical, nature
loving and culturally significant central section of the
Atherton Tablelands. Allow a full day, but never be in your
vehicle for more than 10 - 15 minutes. You will cover no more
than 60 kms in the day, but see a real range of landscapes and
Here at Atherton Blue Gum B&B, we will provide you with a
map and local knowledge that will make your day not only
interesting but also special. Following are the highlights in
Hou Wang Temple - Tours
available of the last remaining Chinese structure, when Atherton
was a lumberjack town harvesting Red Cedar and other rainforest
Hasties Swamp Bird Hide - a two level bird hide that
provides great bird watching.
- "Cheese and Chocolate Centre".
Herberton - Historical town, now population of 900, was
30,000 in 1910 and the regions heart. The Kuranda train line was built to service
Herberton. In Herberton.........
Walk the street scenes, photos taken from 1895 - 1905 when the town was thriving.
View the giant mural, depicting black and white history, maps, characters & pioneers.
Visit Michael's photographic & spy camera museum, not just a collection but a story. An absolute must & highlight.
Tin Mining Museum
Irvinebank, (gravel road), John Moffat’s house
is the Loudoun House Museum. Moffat was responsible for 25% of
Australia’s GNP in 1900, two Premiers of Queensland, came from
this town, population now 90.
Continue on to "The Crater" & Dinner Falls at Mt
Hypipamee National Park - You walk to "The Crater". It
is a Diatreme, quite awesome & spectacular. Follow the well
constructed path to the Dinner Falls, which are cascades that you follow
back to your car. You may view the resident Cassowary or
Lumholtz tree kangaroo's.
Take the Upper Baron Rd - running along a ridge, it provides
spectacular views of the highest mountains in Queensland and the
Bromfield Swamp - another excellent bird watching site. A
huge volcanic crater that has a swamp in the middle which
supplies a stop off point for the Saurus Cranes.
Malanda Falls Interpretative Centre - Aboriginal guided
rainforest walks as well as local geological, fauna & flora,
indigenous & timber cutting photos and information.
Volcanic Lakes Eacham & Barrine, both surrounded by
magnificent rainforest - Swim in Lake Eacham or take a 45 min
cruise on Lake Barrine (first cruise at 10.15 am
last at 3.30 pm, runs hourly). Circumnavigate both
walking, ranging from 50
mins to 1.5 hrs. Lake Barrine has a lovely historical Tea
House....the scones and tea are legendary.
Stop at "The Gem Gallery" and view the Australian opals, Nick &
Kaye do it all…!!
Curtain & Cathedral Strangler fig trees, (the giant red
cedar tree, was "knocked over" by cyclone Larry in March 2006) - All are over 500 years old.
Platypus Viewing - Here at Atherton Blue Gum B&B we have
a river site that we send our guests. Only 4 kms away we have a
99% success rate in a lovely setting on the Barron River.
“Birds of Prey” performance is also available, featuring a
variety of those Australian meat-eating predators.
If you have time, these are extras which may interest you. We find the above is a
very full day.
Lake Tinaroo & Tinaroo Dam Wall - Catch a world record
Barramundi, just relax or drive the Danbulla Road.
Historic North Queensland Aussie pubs including the Peeramon
Hotel which is set in the countryside.
Horse riding on "Outback Stations" or on lush
Tableland farms and forest.
State Forest Drives and World Heritage Rainforest.
Arts & Crafts,
Woodwork, Antiques, paintings, sculptures,
Queensland Architecture, fossils, minerals, artifacts all to
be seen in Exhibitions & Galleries.