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5 days, 4 nights
Availability : March - November
Min Age : 16
Max People : 15
Trek Summary

The Atherton Tablelands were named after John Atherton, a grazier who was a pioneer of the region. A volcanic region which was covered by rainforest in the early years, provided a wealth of opportunity to early settlers. Logging, mining and agricultural industries were created, with the supporting infrastructure we know accompanied such areas, including hotels.

This is a walk that encompasses four classic Queenslander hotels in five days, linked by walking a network of tracks and country lanes through world heritage rainforests, against the rich agricultural backdrop of the Tableland. 

A team of loveable pack donkeys carry your luggage and lunches, and these quirky beasts with their distinct personalities add another layer of enjoyment to this fabulous experience. We will take a relaxed pace, pausing to take refreshments, swim, view birds and other wildlife, and generally reconnect with nature. 

Walking distance is approx. 38km.

Departure & Return Location

Cairns, Queensland

Price Includes

  • Transfers from Cairns to Atherton Tablelands
  • One night motel and three nights cabin accommodation during walk.
  • Pack donkeys to carry your gear and camp furniture
  • Meals as indicated during walk
  • All camping equipment – sleeping bags available for hire
  • National Park entry fees
  • Regional experienced guide
  • Getaway Trekking & Adventures leader

Price Excludes

  • Pre & Post trek accommodation in Cairns
  • Meals other than indicated
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenditure
What to Expect

Enjoy spending time with both your two and four legged companions as you wind your way through a beautiful, richly agricultural area and learn about the history of its settlement.

  • Form lasting bonds and friendships with your fellow trekkers
  • Discover the individual and quirky nature of our team of donkeys
  • Learn about animal husbandry in the care of our donkey team
  • Enjoy the history and ambience of the historic hotels on the Tablelands
  • Experience nature and wildlife in an unhurried setting.
  • Remember how to breathe!

Day 1Leave Cairns and transfer to Malanda via Mountain View Hotel

Our bus will collect you from your Cairns CBD accommodation and transfer you to the Mountain View Hotel for morning tea.

From here, we will travel to Malanda, where we will meet for a pre-trek briefing, issue of donkey bags and – most importantly – introduction to our donkey team. The donkeys will be allocated for a confidence building introductory walk through the Malanda Showgrounds, followed by a picnic lunch at the same spot.

We have free time to explore Malanda Falls which are on the North Johnstone River, part of the waterfalls and volcanic craters circuit on the Atherton Tablelands. This lovely area offers a cascade with its own swimming pool, two rainforest walkways and a beautiful picnic spot. 

If we are lucky, we may spot some tree kangaroos.

Day 2Malanda to Lake Eacham via Peeramon (10km)

Our trek today will allow us to enjoy getting to know our donkeys us more as they support our walk. This morning we walk down a network of country lanes and tracks through to Peeramon Hotel, where we will enjoy a light lunch.

Peeramon is an old timber town and the original hotel there was built in 1911 – it is actually the oldest pub on the Atherton Tablelands. The buildings were badly damaged by Cyclone Larry in 2006, but have been repaired and renovated using local timber.

We will stop here for a light lunch and enjoy the views from this historic pub.

We continue along country roads and lanes to Lake Eacham. A popular lake of volcanic origin, Lake Eacham is a favourite of locals and visitors alike, offering swimming, birdwatching, picnic areas and shady walking tracks.

On arrival, we will have free time to explore Lake Eacham National Park, including the circuit walk & swimming.

Pre dinner drinks and a campfire dinner will finish a lovely relaxing day.

Day 3Lake Eacham to Hungaburra (10km)

This morning, with our donkeys again supporting us, we continue our trek through the beautiful countryside of the Tablelands.

We will travel along Picnic Crossing to Yungaburra and via Petersen Creek.

Peterson Creek Wildlife & Botanical Walking Track is located in the heart of Yungaburra. We may be able to view platypus, a rare Lumholtz Tree-Kangaroo, and will also see the unique ‘Lloyd’s Suspension Bridge’.

After a picnic lunch by Frawley’s Pool, you will have all afternoon to enjoy this beautiful village – many say it is the prettiest in the Tablelands.

Yungaburra offers a vibrant mix of alfresco café culture, boutique shopping, and has the highest proportion of heritage-listed buildings of all regional centres in Queensland, so expect a side dish of history with every meal you order. 

Dinner tonight is at the historic Yungaburra Hotel.

Day 4Yungaburra to East Barron via Picnic Creek (10km)

Our last day of walking is gentle and includes the Yungaburra Platypus Viewing Platform and the Curtain Fig Tree in Yungaburra National Park. 

This large fig is thought to be almost 50 metres tall, with with a trunk circumference of 39 metres, and is estimated to be over 500 years old. It is unique because the extensive aerial roots, that drop 15 metres to the forest floor, forming a ‘curtain’. 

We can explore the elevated 180 metre return boardwalk encircling the curtain fig, protecting the roots while allowing for uninterrupted views from all angles.

Yungaburra National Park also protects a small area of an endangered type of forest, called mabi forest, the local Aborignal (Ngadjon) word for the Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo.

We stop at Picnic Crossing for lunch before continuing to our accommodation. Once checked in we will have free time to explore the walking track network in the rainforest, spot for birds, tree kangaroos and platypus.

We will enjoy some pre-dinner drinks and a fireside dinner at the camp kitchen at our campsite.

Day 5Mt Baldy / Yabi Mountain hike and lunch enroute to Cairns (8km)

We will leave our accommodation early to allow time for a four hour hike on the Mt Baldy and Yabi Mountain circuit. 

This is a well maintained track with a range of plant life, and the opportunity to enjoy local bird life. It is undulating but not particularly steep and you are well rewarded at the top.

There are two summits with views back over Atherton and the Tablelands.

Our reward is a lovely lunch at the Barron Valley Hotel, which has a fabulous history and is included in the theme of learning about the Tablelands’ history and that of the hotels that serviced the communities.

The BV was built in the 1880’s and proved so popular with the locals, was rebuilt 1907 and again in 1938. Many of the original fittings and decor still remain today.

At the outbreak of WWII, the hotel was taken over by the Australian Army and served as their Headquarters and Officers Club for almost 3 years.

The Barron Valley Hotel is one of Queensland’s truly unique historical hotels, and is listed with the Australian Heritage Commission.