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Atherton is the 'capital' of the lovely Tropical Tablelands, a land of beautiful lakes, waterfalls, rich red soil and tropical rainforest. Here the temperature is cooler, the pace is slower and there is a feeling of relaxation in the air. The rich Tableland area is famous for producing peanuts, maize and potatoes. The area also has a number of natural attractions such as the Curtain Fig Tree, Millaa Millaa Falls, crater lakes and amazing rock formations. Atherton is ideally situated as a base to explore most places of interest in the Tablelands area. Accommodation varies from old Queensland style hotels to bed and breakfast's (B&B's), rainforest retreats, caravan parks and backpacker hostels. Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 1,869 kilometres.

Atherton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

The Crystal Caves

Put all expectations aside, this is not your average museum!

Ren? Boissevain found his life's passion when he found his first Agate right here in North Queensland in 1963. Since then, he has been travelling all over the world in search of the most spectacular crystals, minerals and fossils.

To display his collection Ren? built a fantasy cave in the Main Street of Atherton which extends to 250 square metres of tunnels and grottos. The hero of the show is the largest Amethyst geode in the world, standing at a staggering three and a half metres tall; this is one of more than 600 individual pieces on display in The Crystal Caves.

The dedication and imagination of one man to build a fantasy cave to house his massive collection is only surpassed by the quality and size of the crystals and fossils.

This virtual cave gives the feeling of discovering the crystals yourself. Carefully positioned and delicately lit, you are free to discover in your own time and, unlike most conventional museums, encouraged to touch and photograph.

Science meets Mother Nature in this fun and educational journey into the mysterious world of crystals.

69 Main Street
Atherton, QLD, 4883

Located 0.3K from Atherton

Atherton War Memorial

A jubilant soldier, clenched right fist in the air, seemingly cheering in triumph, creates an unusual sight at Atherton's War Memorial. Tinaroo Shire chairman Mr Grau unveiled the memorial on 1 May 1924 following combined fundraising by local women and Atherton RSL. Leftover funds were used to expand Atherton's hospital.

The soldier statue, believed to have been designed and executed by the region's then leading monumental firm Melrose and Fenwick, bears other unique features: a gas mask and a tin hat, instead of a slouch hat; rocks support the digger's leg instead of a tree stump. Originally the digger carried a rifle with a fixed bayonet in his left hand, which was blown off in a severe storm in 1934.

The names of the 67 men from the district who died in WWI are listed on a plate at the front of the monument; another 35 names, representing locals who died in WWII, appear on the rear.

This monument was moved from the town's main intersection and sits within a park, opposite Atherton's RSL building.

Kennedy Highway,
Corner of Cook Street
Atherton, QLD, 4883

Located 0.7K from Atherton

Hou Wang Chinese Temple and Museum

Atherton Chinatown is the Award-winning site of the unique Hou Wang Temple and interpretive museum. Located just over a scenic hours drive south west of Cairns, the National Trust of Queensland property ensures visitors of a fascinating insight into part of North Queensland's history and heritage. The site was chosen by the Chinese settlers during the 1800s. The temple is the only one of its type remaining and the only temple dedicated to Hou Wang outside of China still existing. It has an ornate interior with original wood carvings that can be seen during the guided tour of the property.

Allow time to browse through the interpretive museum with its interactive displays and 'world-first' artefact scanner. The giftshop has a good array of Feng-Shui symbols and souvenirs.

86 Herberton Road
Atherton, QLD, 4883

Located 1.1K from Atherton

Atherton Chinatown Site

The land surrounding the Hou Wang Mai was the site of an 1880's Chinese settlement. By 1897 there were over 180 Chinese living in the village known as Cedar Town, with a short main street lined with small timber and iron shops and houses. The Hou Wang Mai was built in 1903. By 1909, the commercial premises included corn merchants, food and goods stores, a herbalist, two gambling dens and an entertainment place that employed musicians. There was also a Tong society meeting hall.

After World War One when Chinese land leases were turned over to returned soldiers, most Chinese left the district. European speculators owned the site. However, local maize farmer and Hong Kong born Mow Jue Sue purchased the property in 1925 and it remained in his family until 1967 when it was transferred to John and Violet Fong On.

The National Trust of Queensland received funding in 1975 to carry out research on the site and the Fong On family arranged to transfer the Hou Wang Mai property to the Trust. The Atherton Shire Council assumed ownership of the Chinatown site in 1991. Council relocated the old Atherton Post Office nearby for use as a Chinese Museum.

Herberton Road
Atherton, QLD, 4883

Located 1.2K from Atherton

Mt Hypipamee Crater and Dinner Falls

The Hypipamee crater is referred to as a volcanic pipe. The pipe was opened upward through surface rocks by gas produced from molten rock below and as a result of tremendous pressure, the vent exploded sending volcanic bombs far across the landscape. It has a diameter of 61 metres at the water level which is 58 metres below the platform. Even 85 metres below the water surface, the pipe hasn't lost any of its dimensions. Approximately 10 minute on concrete path to the Crater and the choice of taking the 'natural' path along to see the different levels of Dinner Falls. Free spotlighting nights are regularly held here as there is an abundance of wildlife throughout the park.

Kennedy Highway
Atherton, QLD, 4883

Located 1.8K from Atherton

Hallorans Hill

Hallorans Hill Lookout is an ideal spot for a barbecue or picnic, watching the sunset or just enjoying the view of the surrounding areas, farmland and rolling hills. The best way to enjoy this is to start from the Environmental Park on Louise Street, follow the walking track right to the top of the hill. Best times are early morning or late afternoon when you can watch the sun set. Walking track takes approximately two hours return.

Centenary Drive
Atherton, QLD, 4883

Located 1.9K from Atherton

Hallorans Hill Conservation Park

This park, in the middle of the township of Atherton, protects eucalypt forest and a remnant of the endangered mabi forest on an extinct volcanic cone. The cone is part of the legacy of the Atherton Tableland's fiery geological past.

Enjoy the 1.4 kilometres walk to the top of Hallorans Hill or drive through the residential area of Atherton to the car park at the top of the hill. Enjoy the expansive views from the summit that showcase the tableland's mosaic of different land uses and geological formations. A council park adjoins the conservation park and provides barbecues, toilets, tables, play equipment, walking track and interpretive signs.

Dalziel Avenue
Atherton, QLD, 4883

Located 2.0K from Atherton

Hasties Swamp National Park

A birdwatcher's delight, this park is a large seasonal wetland renowned for its diverse range of resident and migratory birds. At least 220 bird species have been recorded, mainly in the wetland and open woodland. The park's wetland environment varies with the season. Open water, reeds, muddy edges and sedge land vary with the cycle of wet and dry seasons. Open eucalypt forest surrounding the swamp contrasts with the lush rainforests found elsewhere on the Atherton Tableland.

Enjoy watching the birds from a two-storey bird hide which has wheelchair access and is large enough to cater for a school group. Observe the birds from the comfort of the hide, using the signs as a guide to species identification. Best birdwatching time is during the dry season (April to October) when the swamp dries out and the area becomes an important refuge for waterbirds.

Atherton-Herberton Road
Atherton, QLD, 4883

Located 2.9K from Atherton

Atherton: Events

Atherton Touring Pro PBR

The PBR invites you to share the best. The Atherton PBR Touring Pro Series is filled with extreme sporting entertainment live at Rooster Stadium, Atherton. Gates Open 5.30pm and PBR action starts at 7:00pm.

The competition consists of 40 of PBR Australia's most accomplished bull riders all competing once with the top 10 riders qualifying back into the Championship Round where they will do battle with 10 of the state's most extreme bucking bulls. This is not a rodeo - this is the mother of all extreme sports wrapped up in a pyrotechnic, pulsating rock concert atmosphere, with camera angles and big screen replays that will give you the ultimate bull riding experience.

Event Dates
      29th Oct

Rooster Stadium,
Level 1 / 140 Main Street
Atherton, QLD, 4883

Located 1.2K from Atherton

Atherton: Travel Tips

Atherton Visitor Information Centre

An essential element of any holiday on the Atherton Tablelands is a visit to the accredited Visitor Information Centres.

At the Atherton Visitor Information Centre you will be welcomed by our friendly staff and volunteers who will offer you expert local advice and free information on exploring the region. To make your visit more enjoyable we can assist with bookings for a wide range of accommodation and attractions. The Atherton Visitor Information Centre is also a National Park Booking Agent so all your Queensland National Park camping queries and bookings can be facilitated here.

During their peak season (May - September) they offer a free Food Tasting Safari showcasing the local Tableland produce, on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 10.00am.

For the bikers who would like to visit they have a new bike rack just outside the door.

Free wi-fi is available as well as a charging station for mobile phones and electronic equipment.

The shop offers a huge range of locally made gifts and souvenirs.

Corner of Main Street and Silo Road
Atherton, QLD, 4883

Located 0.0K from Atherton

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