In addition to its natural beauty, the Atherton Tablelands has a long history of mining and logging. On this short escape, we take a lengthy but absolutely enjoyable walk through rainforest and bushland along an old logging track from Herberton to Atherton. After a relaxing evening we back up for a half day trek to Mt Baldy and Yabi Mountain, where we are rewarded with gorgeous views.
Price: $595.00 per person (Twin Share)
Duration: 2 Nights / 3 Days
Trek Ratings: Activity 2&3 / Conditions 3 / Accommodation 3 / Training/Preparation 4
Best Season: January – December
Country Visited: Australia
Trip Start: Cairns
Trip Ends: Cairns
Trip Route: Herberton – Atherton – Mt Baldy – Atherton
Trip Style: Guided Trekking, pack free, Hotel or B&B Accommodation
Activity Per Day: Day 1 – Approximately 6-7 hr walking, Day 2 – Approximately 3 – 4 hr walking, Day 3 –
Day 01 Morning transfer from Cairns to Atherton – private bus. Activities in Atherton
Day 02 Trek Herberton to Atherton – Trek 20 km (approx.)
Day 03 Yabi Mountain / Mt Baldy – Trek 8.5 km, Return to Cairns (approx.)
Day 01 Transfer to Atherton – 1.5hr drive
Morning transfer from Cairns to Atherton in a private bus with your fellow trekkers. During the afternoon we have the opportunity to visit Herberton Historic Village (own cost), well worth a look. Alternatively, afternoon at leisure in Atherton. We will check into our accommodation and enjoy our first dinner with the group, at which time we will discuss the next day’s departure and hold our safety briefing.
Overnight at Hotel or B&B
Day 02 Trek Herberton to Atherton = trek 20km (approx.)
Private transfer in a 4WD to start of the trek at Herberton. We will be walking along old logging roads, through beautiful forests with a variety of flora. Enroute we will take a relaxed pace, stopping to enjoy our packed lunch. Today is lengthy, however the terrain is not difficult and we will enjoy being in nature without the distraction of day to day life.
Overnight at Hotel or B&B
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 03 Yabi Mountain / Mt Baldy 8km
A shorter day, however in some sections this is a steeper climb, so it will certainly get our heart started! We trek through a variety of terrains, with a small exposed section undertaken early in the day before the heat. Our climbs along this well maintained track are rewarded with beautiful views of the Atherton Tableands and, hopefully some good bird sightings. The trek concluded, we will board our bus and make our way back to Cairns.
Breakfast and Lunch
Dates available on request
Minimum numbers of 4 required, please contact us for more details or if you have a private group
3 Day fully escorted tour
All transfers to and from Cairns
Atherton Accommodation – Hotel or B&B
Meals as indicated – includes a pre dinner nibbles.
Detailed Risk Management Plan
Public Liability Insurance
Cost Does not Include
International and Australian domestic flights
All items of a personal nature, including trekking equipment
Meals other than those specified on itinerary
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.
Long Sleeve Shirt
Short Sleeve Shirt
Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
Gaiters or Spats (optional)
Afternoon / Evening Clothes (we recommend some warmer clothes for night time, which will protect against mosquitoes at dusk)
1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection, Sunglasses
1 – Bandana (optional)
1 – Hiking Boots/walking shoes with spare laces
1 – comfortable shoes for dinner at hotel
2/3 – Socks, comfortable
Camel pack / Water bladder. We recommend total water capacity to be around 2 – 3 litres
Water bottle – 1l for electrolytes
Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
Trekking Poles (optional)
Head lamp, with extra batteries
Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear while trekking
Soft bag ( sports type bag) for your overnight gear
Prescriptions and basic first aid kit for blisters, bites etc.
Hand Sanitiser, Insect Reppellent
Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
Camera, with extra batteries (optional)
What level of fitness do I require?
Your experience is directly related to your level of fitness!! It is very important to prepare yourself for the challenge ahead. We have a recommended training schedule on our website, this is a guide only.
Please contact us for information on training walks in Melbourne, Adelaide and Cairns.
Fatigue, overheating and dehydration are conditions that you need to avoid and be aware of on the trek. Lots of fluid with re‐hydration formulas such as Gastrolyte will help. You must train in the clothes that you intend to wear whilst trekking! It is also very important to make sure that you have good walking boots.
Good footwear is important for a successful trek. Prior preparation is the key to a successful trek.
Getaway Trekking reserves the right to refuse participation or retire any trekker/s if they are deemed to be unfit or unprepared to complete the journey.
Can I stay a little longer?
This trek is ex Cairns. If you require extra nights’ accommodation please let us know and we can book this for you.
Do I need travel insurance for this trek?
Domestic Travel Insurance is a policy that provides cover for travel to Australian states, territories and islands within its maritime borders. It can provide cover for cancellation due to illness or injury, lost, stolen or damaged luggage, cancelled flights, rental vehicle insurance excess, personal liability and other unexpected circumstances.
Insurance does NOT cover any medical expenses when you are travelling within Australia. When you are in Australia, any medical costs would need to be covered by Medicare, your private health insurance or out of your own pocket.
It is actually legislated by the Australian Government that travel insurance companies are unable to provide cover for medical expenses within Australia for Australian residents and citizens, who are eligible for Australian Medicare. The intention is for any medical costs to remain under Medicare or Private Health.
Please note that ambulance services are state run services and Medicare does not necessarily cover you for ambulance trips.
Whilst a domestic travel insurance policy does not provide cover for medical expenses, it can provide cover for Cancellation due to a medical situation
What is the accommodation like?
Hotel or B&B style accommodation – Twin share
When is the trek briefing?
Your Trek Leader will run a briefing at your hotel the night before your trek. This informative session is designed to let you know of departure times, changes, ask questions etc. It also allows you to get acquainted with the rest of the group if you’re not already.
Do I need money on the trek?
You should check the inclusions and exclusions on this page
What if I am injured on the trek?
All leaders are Wilderness First Aid Qualified and can deal with minor illnesses and injuries. For anything more serious, we have the opportunity to seek medical support from Atherton Hospital.
What happens with food?
If we are staying in a hotel, meals will be at a local restaurant. If we are staying at a B&B, meals will be a combination of locat restaurants and eating at the venue. Either way, you will enjoy delicious meals!
Should I take electrolytes and how much water is enough?
You will need to carry a minimum of 2 litres of water on you. It is essential you hydrate in this environmen. It is essential that you take electrolytes/Gastrolyte/Hydrolyte etc with you.
Dehydration can become a major issue in all hot environments. It is very important to keep drinking fluids on the trek. Because of the higher level of activity, temperature and humidity you will tend to sweat more. With the increased fluid intake and sweating you also tend to flush out of your system essential minerals, salts etc. This is why it is important to use electrolytes, salt replacements and Glucose type products. Water will be available to refill bladders/bottles each night. Water purifying tablets can be taken as a precaution. With the different environments, conditions, food and water, upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea can occur. Please ensure you bring adequate medication as per our personnel first aid kit.