Atherton Tablelands

Atherton Tablelands

The JCU education facility for the School of Medicine and Dentistry is based in Atherton.  For more information see Tablelands Clinical School.

Pharmacy,  Dental and Medical student placements are held in the Atherton Tablelands.Atherton Tablelands

The Tablelands (or Atherton Tablelands) is a highland region of northern Australia near Cairns, Queensland. The landscape's mix of rain forest, wetlands and savanna is home to numerous birds and wildlife like tree kangaroos and wallabies. The region encompasses the Waterfalls Circuit, a 17 km driving loop that includes Millaa Millaa Falls, where the forested setting is a favourite of photographers.

Atherton is situated on the cool tropical mountains one hour west of Cairns, Port Douglas and Innisfail. Atherton is home to some of the world’s best attractions, including old heritage listed wet tropics rainforest, volcano crater lakes, many waterfalls, national parks, sample boutique wineries, distilleries and local produce. The rural landscape of Atherton Tablelands has lush rolling hills with warm summers and crisp cooler temperatures in winter.

Milla Milla is the gateway to the southern Tablelands. At 873 above sea level, the town nestles in emerald hills surrounded by diary farms and a circuit of waterfalls. Its lookout presents the most expansive views in the area and the image of Millaa Millaa Falls has become an icon of the region.

The picturesque waterfalls have been attraction visitors to the Atherton Tablelands for over a century. Just south of Millaa Millaa township at The Falls Tea house, the waterfall circuit begins here at Teresa Creek Road, encompassing Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie and Elinjaa Falls.Milla Milla Falls

For more information on what to do in the Atherton Tablelands see the official website of Tropical Tablelands Tourism

Photo above right: Atherton Tablelands maps. By Lodo27 [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo left: Millaa Millaa Falls. By Rob and Stephanie Levy from Townsville, Australia (Millaa Millaa falls) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons