Tropical Highlands, Waterfalls and Pilates - FNQ

Trekking in beautiful bushland, pilates on an outdoor deck, and some fabulous sightseeing, including Millaa Millaa Falls. Yes please!

The creeks, rivers and stunning waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands are wonderful companions to a wide range of trekking options, many forged by prospectors over 100 years ago. Years of intense volcanic activity have formed this picturesque undulating terrain, framed by the surrounding rainforest-clad ranges. This 3 night 4 day break combines one full day and one half day trek with invigorating stretching and pilates sessions on the outside deck of our accommodation. Add a day of sightseeing or just reading a book into the mix, and what more could anyone ask for! A thoroughly restful and relaxing long weekend.

Price: $1145.00 per person (Twin Share)

Duration: 3 Nights /  4 Days

Trek Ratings: Activity 1&2 / Conditions 2 / Accommodation 1 / Training/Preparation 3

Best Season: February – November

Country Visited: Australia

Trip Start: Cairns

Trip Ends: Cairns

Trip Route: Atherton – Herberton – Atherton – Mt Baldy – Atherton

Trip Style: Guided Trekking, pack free, Hotel or B&B Accommodation

Activity: Trekking, touring, pilates

Activity Per Day: Day 2 – Approximately 6-7 hr walking, Day 4 – Approximately 3 – 4 hr walking,

Day 01 Morning transfer from Cairns to Atherton – private bus. Pilates
Day 02 Trek Herberton to Atherton – Trek 20 km (approx.) Stretching session x 2
Day 03 Bus tour Waterfall Circuit, Pilates x 2
Day 04 Trek Yabi Mountain / Mt Baldy – 8.5km (approx.) Stretching session x 1 Return transfer to Cairns

Day 01 Transfer to Atherton – 1.5hr drive. Pilates x 1

Midday transfer from Cairns to Atherton in a private bus with your fellow trekkers. Check into accommodation and relax before enjoying our first pilates session on our outside deck. Later we will 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
Dinner

Day 02 Trek Herberton to Atherton = trek 20km (approx.) Stretching session x 2
A morning stretch follows breakfast. 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. Another stretching session is available on return to our accommodation. Dinner tonight at Yungaburra Hotel

Overnight at Hotel or B&B
Breakfast and Lunch

Day 03 Waterfall Circuit – 73km Touring Pilates x 2
Pilates session this morning before a breakfast of fresh Tablelands produce. Depart for Herberton and opportunity to visit Historic Village (own cost). Continue to Millaa Millaa Waterfall with the opportunity to swim available. Drive short distance to Mungalli Creek Dairy Cafe for Devonshire tea in beautiful garden surrounds. On return to B&B, a second pilates session, or you may choose to take a rest before dinner.

Overnight at Hotel or B&B
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04 Yabi Mountain / Mt Baldy 8km
A morning stretch to set us up for our last trekking day.Though shorter day,some sections of this track is a steeper climb, so it will certainly get our heart started! We trek through a variety of terrains, with a short 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. After we complete our trek, we will enjoy lunch at a locat restaurant, before the return deive to Cairns.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

April 15 – 18, 2021

April 30 – May 2, 2021

Minimum numbers of 4 required, please contact us for more details or if you have a private group

Cost Includes

4 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
Airport transfers
Travel insurance
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.

Recommended Equipment

Trekking

 Rain jacket
 Long Sleeve Shirt
 Short Sleeve Shirt
 Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
 Shorts
Skins (optional)
Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
Gaiters or Spats (optional)
Bathers
Afternoon / Evening Clothes (we recommend some warmer clothes for night time, which will protect against mosquitoes at dusk)

Headwear

 1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection, Sunglasses
 1 – Bandana (optional)

Footwear

 1 – Hiking Boots/walking shoes with spare laces
 1 – comfortable shoes for dinner at hotel
 2/3 – Socks, comfortable

Accessories

 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)

Equipment

 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

Other

 Toiletries
 Prescriptions and basic first aid kit for blisters, bites etc.
 Sunscreen
 Lip Balm
 Hand Sanitiser, Insect Reppellent
 Toilet Paper
 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.

How hard is the Pilates?

The Pilates classes cater to all levels. Each exercise has a base level, with extra challenges for more advanced students. We wnsure that even first timers will feel comfortable!

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. Remeber you will need to consider transfers if you are staying on.

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.