Experience breath-taking waterfalls (swimming optional), a volcanic crater lake with wildlife cruise, luscious tropical rainforests and their giant flora and spend time at the famous Paronella Park.
Pick up from your Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodation starts approx. 7.30am and heads south to the Gillies Hwy; the connection between Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands that provides breathtaking views back down over the Goldsborough Valley.
As you reach the top of the range witness the flora change to tropical rainforest where an assortment of natural treats await you.
Lake Barrine a volcanic crater lake was formed 16,000 years ago and now is home to many species of freshwater marine life and surrounded by dense forest.
Join the Wildlife Cruise for a local guided boat ride around the perimeter of the lake before indulging on freshly made scones jam and cream with locally grown tea or coffee.
Follow your guide on an elevated boardwalk to see the impressive 600 year old Curtain Fig Tree, this site is also home to the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo that may be spotted in the tree tops.
Your tour will continue on through small characteristic towns of the tablelands before reaching the famous Millaa Millaa Falls.
One of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia it is also the perfect spot to have a quick dip and cool off in the refreshing natural pool.
After a gorgeous drive through rolling green fertile hillsides and World Heritage Rainforest, your tour will have reached its lunch destination, Mena Creek.
The tour ventures south to Mena Creek’s Paronella Park, a definite highlight of the day. Local staff will welcome you and provide a 30 minute guided tour around the park’s gardens, castle ruins and relay the story of Jose Paronella and the magic he created in the 1930’s.
Wildlife and plants species are abundant here at Paronella Park, micro bats can be spotted in the tunnel of love and you’ll be able to view many species of butterfly, birdlife and freshwater creatures.
Tours at Paronella Park are available in English, Chinese and Japanese.
There are 2 options for this rainforest day tour to suit all budgets - all tour options include Paronella Park, and a 45 minute guided rainforest walk and other attractions as mentioned.
Option B - Entry & Guided Walk at Paronella, Lunch & Morning Tea
Entry to Paronella Park & 45 min Historical Guided Tour Visit to Lake Barrine & Walk to the Twin Kauri Pines Lunch at a Local Restaurant Devonshire Morning tea at Lake Barrine Curtain Fig Tree, Millaa Millaa Falls Hotel Pick Up & Return
Option C / Entry & Guided Walk at Paronella
Entry to Paronella Park & 45 min Historical Guided Tour Visit to Lake Barrine & Walk to the Twin Kauri Pines Curtain Fig Tree Millaa Millaa Falls Hotel Pick Up & Return
Note: guests can purchase lunch direct, upgrade to include lunch or purchase their own lunch at several locations around the lunch venue.
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Guests can also meet the tour at The Skyrail Terminal or Cairns Central Railway Station.
January - December
10.5 hours (approx)
Drinks & Snacks
Suncreen, hat, walking shoes, swimwear, bottled water, jacket during the cooler months, camera, cash for lunch (if not included in your tour option), snacks and souvenirs
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
Less than 48 hours notice 50% loss of tour cost, Less than 24 hours notice 100% loss of tour cost.
*Note - Additional Fees are payable for Return Transfers from The Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach, Palm Cove, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach, Holloways Beach, Machans Beach) $30 per person, payable direct to driver on day of travel*