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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Day Tour - Includes Lunch – Departs Cairns

Typical, rushed, overpriced, blah blah blah. Nah, BUGGER THAT!!! Swim in volcanic crater lakes, take a dip under breath-taking waterfalls and slide down a natural waterslide around the Atherton Tablelands!


  • Voted no.1 on TripAdvisor from 2010 to early 2018 as the best tour in Cairns
  • Voted by the Luxury Travel Guide as Australia’s Tour Operator of the year 2018
  • Awarded for Excellence in Service from the Travel and Hospitality Awards 2018
  • Visit Lookouts, Lake Eacham, 500yr old Fig Tree, Waterfalls & enjoy freshwater swimming!
  • Small personalized group tours with a maximum of 20 travellers

Travel in style with us as we take you to our favorite spots in the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest on our MUST-DO full day Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls tour. Departing daily we all about fun, adventure, laughs and swimming in some of the best spots to visit in the Cairns region.

Barefoot Tours customizes the route and the timings of the day based on the weather and yourselves! This means as a group, you can choose when you are ready to leave each spot. If we have time up our sleeves we will make extra stops like Dinner falls, Ellinjaa falls, Zillie falls, Babinda Boulders, Nandroya falls, Henrietta creek plus there are a few more to choose from. On average we visit 4-7 locations a day + lookouts.

Lookouts – This one is weather dependent but there are up to 3 amazing lookouts each over different landscapes ranging from a breathtaking mountain range to views over the farmlands. If it has been raining we may stop off at the Barron falls which is magnificent after a huge downpour!

Josephine falls – A series of cascading waterfalls - the bottom pool is open to the public where you have the possibility to try Josephine’s natural rock slide. Not only is this a locals favourite swimming spot, but Australia also agrees that this is one of their most beautiful waterfalls boasting pristine fresh water from the Mount Bartle Frere.

Volcanic Crater Lake Eacham – Serene crystal clear blue lake that's up to 65m deep. Over 180 bird species have been recorded here, as well as the musky rat-kangaroo. It’s not often you can take a refreshingly cool dip in a volcanic crater lake, definitely, a must do on your Aussie tour.

500yr old Fig Tree – We visit the ancient mystic roots of a half-century old fig tree. If you have ever seen the movie Avatar, then this is where a lot of the ideas for the movie came about - check out the unique resemblance!

Millaa Millaa Falls – A magnificent waterfall surrounded by lush rainforests, one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia due to the Herbal Essence hair flick ad back in the ’90s. There is the possibility of seeing turtles & some have even caught a glimpse of a platypus here (although we are yet to see one here).

Departure: Please be at Gilligan’s by 7:25am & look for a bright orange and green bus with “Barefoot Tours” written down the side. We leave Gilligan’s at 7:30am, so don’t be late, we can’t wait!

Make sure to bring your camera for all the cool stops we make or the possibility of spotting some of Australia’s endemic wildlife like the famous cassowaries, the green tree frog, platypus, turtles, tree kangaroos and possibly even a croc!

The day finishes around 6:30 - 7:30 pm, we can drop you off anywhere in the Cairns CBD city area 3km radius – for those who want to go straight out afterward. The Atherton Tablelands is around an hours drive from Cairns, the time between locations range from 10mins to 45mins and this covers part of the World Heritage Rainforests, Waterfalls, Volcanic Crater Lake and whatever else we find in between!

So, if you are ready to have your (They are actually called Thongs) flip-flops blown away then join up for a fun, adventurous, relaxed stress-free day in the Atherton Tablelands.

  • 7.30am pick up outside Gilligan's Hostel Cairns
  • First stop Heales Lookout
  • Approx. 9am Second stop Lake Eacham
  • Next stop Curtain Fig Tree
  • 11am head on to the waterfalls! Millaa Millaa falls, Malanda Falls, Josephine Falls
  • Approx 4.30 arrive at Babinda Boulders for a swim stop until 5.15pm
  • Arrive back in Cairns 6 - 6.30pm
Per Person $109.00 (13 years +)

What's included

  • Picnic lunch with sandwiches and fresh fruit
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea
  • Return transfers from Gilligan’s in Cairns CBD


  • Allow approximately 11 hours for the whole experience


  • Trip Departs from Gilligan’s, 57-59 Grafton St, Cairns City at 7:30am.



  • CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations made 72 hours or more before booked departure date will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made within 72 hours of booked departure date will not receive a refund.

    This tour welcomes those aged 13 years and older, with many of their customers being 25 years + of age.

  • Please be at Gilligan’s by 7:25am & look for a bright orange and green bus with “Barefoot Tours” written down the side. We leave Gilligan’s at 7:30am, so don’t be late, we can’t wait!

Available Bookings from October 01 to October 07

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  • Per Person$70.00

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  • Per Person$79.00

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Ruby Kavanagh from United Kingdom wrote on 05 February 2020

An amazing day!!!

Such a great, fun filled day at such a reasonable price! We went to 6 different locations which were all equally as beautiful, Josephine Falls has a natural rock slide which was definitely a highlight of the day. Daryl was our tour guide, he was amazing! Highly recommend this trip for all ages!

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laurenv from United Kingdom wrote on 10 December 2019

Great trip!

Russel our tour guide was amazing, he knew so much about the area and kept the whole thing entertaining, fun and interesting, what a guy. The locations themselves are amazing too, so interesting and beautiful to see, recommend this for anyone who can appreciate the natural beauty of cairns.

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Kazeem olaniyi from Australia wrote on 23 November 2019

Memorable experience and excellent service

Excellent experience and the tour is as it is advertised. It was fun from 7:30am til we came back to Cairns. The tour guide (Gabz) knows everywhere and gave lots of information on how the places we visited and she is very knowledgeable.

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Awesome pic - Babinda Boulders! Thanks for your 5* feedback on our tour and Gabs, she is amazing! I hope you enjoyed the rest of Cairns this much :-) Chelsea @ Barefoot Tours

Kate Elliott from Australia wrote on 30 September 2020


Loved this tour with a capital... LOVE! :-) ;-) Day started at 7.30am and was super well paced and memorable. So much local knowledge was woven into our bus tour as we headed south of Cairns and towards FOUR swimming spots - including a giant lake (Lake Eecham, giant reptile gratis) and two waterfalls, including one with a naturally-formed 'slide' which was heaps of fun to venture down. Morning tea, lunch and arvo tea were provided in some lovely spots, including a gorgeous country town, as were some chill tunes. Rohan is the perfect guide - a local import (FNQ is lucky to have him!), perceptive, adaptable, highly intelligent, incredibly knowledgeable and up for a laugh. We felt incredibly spoilt to be in his capable hands as tourees this September and none of us would think twice re: recommending this company. Also, our guide took photos to help us remember our day our by. Really nice to receive some natural/ action shots - as well as glamour waterfall shots! Love your work, guys! Thanks for the memories and will tell people I know to tour with you!! Also, special thanks for being kind enough to back track a couple of km's after I left my shoes on the bank of a lake!! Would've been interesting getting home without them! :)

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Lindy Rixon from Australia wrote on 25 September 2020

Fabulous day!

Such a wonderful day, so much beauty and fun. 10/10 for our fantastic tour guide. :)

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