Luxury, Romantic and Boutique Accommodation in the Atherton Tablelands

Think Queensland is all beaches and tropical islands? Make for the Tablelands and prepare to think again.
The grass is green in the Atherton Tablelands. Explore it thanks to boutique accommodation

Covering Kuranda in the north to Mena Creek down south, the Tablelands is a diverse region of historic towns, river cruises, waterfalls, smiling locals and beautiful bushland. Think of it as the ultimate verdant green contrast to the blues and whites of Queensland's coast and beaches.

The Tablelands' temperate climate makes it a year-round holiday destination, but those looking to avoid throngs of other travellers should time their visit to the low season from December to April. The region covers a huge area, stretching in all directions from the coastal escarpment behind Cairns to the western Gulf Plains, the Cape York Peninsula in the north and the southern Einasleigh Uplands.

A tasting tour of the Tablelands’ paddock-to-plate fare is a must. Mareeba is one of the area’s most recognised food producing districts. Caffeine-cravers will love this: more than 70% of Australia’s coffee crop comes from Mareeba, and you can visit a handful of local roasters and plantations. Another Mareeba speciality is fruit wine. Team a visit to Mareeba with a trip to Kuranda. This mountain village is famous for its markets and it is almost impossible to not leave without a knick-knack or momento in tow. Towards Malanda, lush pastures equal dairy-producing country. Some dairies offer tours too.

There’s an adventurous side to the Tablelands, and visitors can join 4WD tours, swim in volcanic crater lakes, paddle in waterfall pools, hot air balloon and zip line through the forest. For something less heart pumping, work your way through the region’s excellent galleries. When it’s time to grab some shut-eye, choose between eco-lodges, farm-stays, tree houses and self-catering stays.

Visit one of the Tablelands' most unique sites with a trip to Paronella Park. These heritage gardens and ruins were the brainchild of José Paronella, who built the park in 1930s, and were designed for public enjoyment. 

The diverse landscape of this beautiful region are at your fingertips with our range of Atherton Tablelands accommodation. In our handpicked collection, you'll find boutique stays to suit every taste and budget, including luxury getaways across all of Queensland.