Offering a variety of room options within the central town area of Atherton, located in the heart of the Tablelands. The Atherton Hinterland Motel, nestled on over 10000 square metres of land, is ideally located near the center of town and only a 10 minute walk to all of Atherton's major town attractions, shops and tourist sites.
A Woolworth's supermarket, Target, Big W and a number of other shops are only about 400 metres away. Located across the road from the motel is a children's playground and an environmental park that features a self-guided walking track to Halloran's Hill lookout.
The motel is an owner-operated complex combining a relaxed, clean and tropical environment with the extra care and friendliness that only owners can bring.
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Crater lakes, huge strangler figs, rainforest walks, lakeside camping areas and places of important local history are some of the interesting features along the 28 kilometres Danbulla Road. At least half a day should be set aside to explore the area. Each site is unique, catering for the needs of a wide range of visitors. Choose a secluded camping site at School Point or let the kids kick a football around the grassed area at The Chimneys. Enjoy a short walk through the upland rainforest to Mobo Creek Crater or take time to marvel at the size of the Cathedral fig tree.
Take care when driving. Danbulla Road is narrow, unsealed and has sharp curves and rough surfaces. Be aware of other vehicles, logging trucks, pedestrians and wildlife on the road. The Tablelands Regional Council has erected signs indicating this road is unsuitable for caravans. Lake Tinaroo contains many submerged trees and other hidden hazards. These hazards vary as the water level in the lake changes. Vessel masters must ensure they navigate with extreme caution....
This park features a diatreme (a volcanic pipe or vent) thought to have been created by a massive gas explosion. The gaping hole is 70 metres wide with steep granite sides that plunge 58 metres to the lake below. The lake itself is 82 metres deep! The park protects unique high-altitude rainforest and is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Have a picnic in the rainforest clearing then walk 400 metres to the viewing deck over the diatreme. Return along the 1.2 kilometre Dinner Falls track. Look for golden bowerbirds, spotted catbirds and riflebirds. Set out with spotlights at night to look for green, lemuroid and Herbert River ringtail possums, and long-nosed bandicoots....
This state forest protects a remnant of an endangered type of forest, known as mabi forest. Here, in 1903, red cedar seedlings were planted in the forest to replace mature trees which had been logged. Commercial plantations of hoop, kauri and Caribbean pine now grow beside native forest.
Two walking tracks, catering for the visually impaired, wind through this area. Enjoy a 750 metre return walk through the forest or take the longer 2.5 kilometre route. Both tracks have been designed with consideration for walkers who are vision impaired. Braille booklets and audio headsets are available from the visitor centre in Atherton. Both tracks are also wheelchair accessible, but assistance may be required for the longer walk. Signs tell of the history of the area, as well as forestry practices and local ecology. Look for Lumholtz's tree-kangaroos and possums while spotlighting at night....
The Atherton Tablelands is an uplifting destination of timeless villages, exotic tropical foods, country markets and diverse wildlife. A network of scenic drives through contrasting landscapes makes it easy to explore waterfalls and crater lakes or taste food and wine at its source.
Situated above Cairns, this naturally beautiful part of Tropical North Queensland offers cooler temperatures and diverse experiences. Whether your passion is fishing or water skiing, bush walking, bird watching or gourmet food, the Tablelands is the place for a variety of fun adventures.
Tropical food and wine is plentiful with self-drive trails highlighting the best the region has to offer. Pack a picnic and follow the waterfall circuit, stopping to swim in rainforest-clad lakes or marvel at rainforest giants like the majestic curtain fig.
Lake Tinaroo is the place to catch whopping barramundi or tasty redclaw crayfish, whiz behind a speed boat on skis or spend lazy days aboard a houseboat exploring the calm waterways.
Step back in time at a restored historical village, discover relics from World War 2, visit a restored Chinese temple, have a classic Aussie meal at a country pub or buy fresh produce at a farmer's market.
Platypus, tree kangaroos, wallabies and colourful finches are among the varied wildlife commonly seen, or spend some time at a bird hide to see how many of the area's 230 species you can identify.
Bed and breakfast accommodation is popular on the Atherton Tablelands with luxurious tree houses and family homes among the choices. There are also caravan parks, camping grounds, motels and farm-stays where you can interact with the animals.
The land surrounding the Hou Wang Mai was the site of an 1880's Chinese settlement. By 1897 there were over 180 Chinese living in the village known as Cedar Town, with a short main street lined with small timber and iron shops and houses. The Hou Wang Mai was built in 1903. By 1909, the commercial premises included corn merchants, food and goods stores, a herbalist, two gambling dens and an entertainment place that employed musicians. There was also a Tong society meeting hall.
After World War One when Chinese land leases were turned over to returned soldiers, most Chinese left the district. European speculators owned the site. However, local maize farmer and Hong Kong born Mow Jue Sue purchased the property in 1925 and it remained in his family until 1967 when it was transferred to John and Violet Fong On.
The National Trust of Queensland received funding in 1975 to carry out research on the site and the Fong On family arranged to transfer the Hou Wang Mai property to the Trust. The Atherton Shire Council assumed ownership of the Chinatown site in 1991. Council relocated the old Atherton Post Office nearby for use as a Chinese Museum....
Stay in one of the five camping areas along the 28 kilometre Danbulla Road and enjoy the unique features of the area including crater lakes, strangler figs, rainforest walks and places of important local history and interest.
Camping permits are required and fees apply. Your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
All camping areas at Danbulla must be booked. as self-registration is no longer available at any of the campgrounds. Campers may occupy their booked site from 2pm and must leave by 11am. Dogs are not permitted in camping areas. The maximum length of stay is 21 nights. Buy firewood before entering the park....
Private day tours from Cairns, scenic World Heritage listed rainforest, waterfalls, giant rainforest trees and deep valley gorges. Tablelands Tours are your experts in Australian tourism especially in Tropical North Queensland. They specialise in tailored tour packages for both groups and families. Their expert local knowledge of the Cairns Highlands, and the diversity of the Tropical Atherton Tablelands region, has given them a trustworthy name in the Australian and Queensland Tourism industry.
They offer five star customised tropical rainforest tours, waterfall tours, Australian heritage tours and even Great Barrier Reef tours, all in World heritage listed areas. They can easily package customised private tours that combine what you want to do at your pace and budget.
Each team member has an enthusiasm, passion and pride about their job, and this is evident when it comes to showing off their back yard paradise. If you want to see extinct volcanic crater lakes, giant species of trees, rare and endangered native wildlife, combined with fun and adventure then their tours will not disappoint.
Their fully registered guides never bore guests with an overload of facts or scripted opinions, and the best thing about them is that their tours are never rushed, "ever"....
Enjoy an intriguing insight into the world of bats. The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre has Advanced Ecotourism accreditation and offers a unique 'up close and personal' wildlife experience just outside Atherton. You will meet some small insectivorous microbats, seen in the wild at nearby Undara and Paronella Park; and the larger fruit and nectar eating megabats like flying foxes. The Visitor Centre experience includes a short video about the work of the hospital, and world-class interpretive signage.
Personalised tours operate daily 3-6pm throughout the year, but bookings are essential. The flying foxes live in a six metre high cage and only come down to eye-level at feeding time in the afternoon.
Situated on five acres of landscaped gardens, and nestled in a wet sclerophyll/rainforest valley, a visit to the Bat Hospital can also offer a great birding experience. Visit Hastie's Swamp, a fabulous migratory bird wetland just down the road. The Bat Hospital attracts visitors, volunteers and students from around the world, is actively engaged in research and conservation, and has featured in many television documentaries. The Director has won numerous awards for community conservation and education....
Located only four minutes from Atherton's main Street in tropical surrounds high on Halloran's Hill. The property has a rear outdoor barbecue entertainment area for family relaxation and a front patio area to take is some of Atherton's valley views. Also a full Laundry with Washing Machine dryer and outdoor clothesline for your convenience.
The house, including bathroom and shower has wheelchair friendly access. The three bedroom home features a Master Bedroom with a Queen size Bed, a second Bedroom with a Queen size Bed and a third Bedroom with an Adult size King Single Bed and One Double Bunk Bed to accommodate two or three children.
The house accommodates a maximum five adults and two children totalling seven persons....