In addition to the program of the Atherton Tablelands, you are travelling off the beaten track into the Tablelands and into the adjoining Outback. Marvel at Australia's deepest crater and widest waterfalls. Stay overnight in a thermal oasis in the dry bush. The next day starts with a journey into the past to rock paintings, which cannot be found in any travel guide, and into a "living" ghost town of the pioneering times.
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Travel to Gordonvale and via Gillies Highway 700 metres higher to the Atherton Tableland, visit of Cathedral Fig Tree (strangler fig), morning tea at the volcanic crater of Lake Barrine, Twin Kauri Pines (gigantic trees), Lake Eacham with choice of a swim or walking around the lake through pristine rainforest.
Continuing to Yungaburra, Curtain Fig Tree (strangler fig), Peeramon, Old Boonjie Road Lookout, visit of Nerada tea plantation, Malanda, Bromfield Swamp, Hypipamee Crater, Ravenshoe, Millstream Falls and Innot Hot Springs. Accommodation in Innot Hot Springs.
On dirt roads through typical Australian Outback bush to Irvinebank, Herberton, Millaa Millaa Lookout, Millaa Millaa, Millaa Millaa Falls, Malanda, Atherton, and Walkamin. Visit a coffee plantation, termite mounds, Granite Gorge Nature Park with handfeeding of wild rock wallabies. Via Mareeba back to CairnsInnot Hot Springs
Tap into the healing power of the earth at Innot Hot Springs, a small town west of Ravenshoe.
Here, natural underground water issues at a temperature of 78C (though temperatures vary). Up until 1900, the mineral water was bottled and sent to Europe - mules hauled the water over the Cardwell Range to Townsville for bottling at the Innot Cordial Factory. The spring is still known and recommended by European travellers for its healing qualities. Draw its magic power at swimming pools and soaking houses in the town. You can stay at a hotel and there's a camping ground set close to the hot springs.
Once you have healed the body, heal the spirit with some pleasant day excursions. Once established to service tin mining, there are still riches under the ground. Visit the topaz fossicking field or take binoculars for bird watching. The remains of tin dredges have left plenty of waterholes which, in turn, attract wildlife.
You will reach Innot Hot Springs on the Savannah Way, 166 kilometres from Cairns. En route, feast the eyes on wooded monsoonal savannah grasslands