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Best of the Cairns Tablelands Day Tour

Best of the Cairns Tablelands Day Tour


Best of the Cairns Tablelands highlights include Coffee Works, Millaa-Millaa Falls, Historic Village Herberton, Curtain Fig Tree. Spend the day exploring the high-country west of the Cairns city, sampling local produce in the food bowl of Tropical North Queensland and meeting local characters along the way.

What makes it Great

  • Visit Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Visit Historic Village Herberton
  • Lunch included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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  • Food tasting
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Cairns and Northern Beach Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Admission - Historic Village Herberton

Departure times & locations

Tablelands Day Tour

We offer free hotel pickup from Cairns & Northern Beaches. 

Southside accommodation: pick up 6.15 am, returns between 6.45pm - 7pm
Cairns CBD: pick up 6.30am, returns 6.30pm
Northern Beaches: International Coaches will pick you up around 6.10am and transfer you to Canopys Edge Bus Stop in Smithfield where you will be picked up by your Billy Tea guide. You will be returned to Canopys Edge Bus Stop around 6pm where you will be picked up by International Coaches to return to the Northern Beaches.
Port Douglas: we do not offer pick-up or drop-offs to Port Douglas. You will need to make your own way to Canopys Edge Bus Stop in Smithfield where you will be picked up by your Billy Tea guide. Please arrange your own transport to and from Canopys Edge Bus Stop.

Your Day in the Tablelands

Your Day in the Tablelands

After your courtesy pick up and drop off (excludes Port Douglas) in our custom-built 4WD vehicle you will travel 500 metres above sea-level and drive out of the rainforest and on to the multi-cultural village of Mareeba.

Coffee Works Mareeba. 
Enjoy unlimited chocolate and coffee samples and explore the coffee museum and gift shop.

Explore Historic Village Herberton 
One of the top 10 museums in Australia! The village has over 50 original buildings that date from Herberton's foundation years. Walking through the village, visitors are given a sense of being in a real township, complete with a chemist, bottle collection, school, bank, grocer's store, frock salon, toy shop, mechanic, jail and more! You can also see a real blacksmith in action, working at his creations from ordinary blocks of steel to ornate mementos. After your free time, enjoy morning tea with tropical fruit tasting and cheese samples.

Scenic Millaa Millaa Lookout overlooking the Tablelands
Great photo opportunity! Spot Mount Bartle Frere the highest mountain in Queensland in the distance.

Millaa Millaa Falls
Millaa Millaa Falls is a magnificent heritage-listed waterfall surrounded by lush rainforest. The perfect cascade falls into the pristine waterhole, where there is time for a refreshing swim if you wish. Millaa Millaa Falls has been featured in numerous different documentaries and television commercials - try to recreate the famous shampoo advertisement!

Lunch Australian Platypus Centre at Tarzali Lakes
while lunch is being prepared you will be escorted by your guide down to the Platypus Viewing area, a spring-fed pond surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.

The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population. After platypus spotting, you will walk back up to the main area to enjoy a share platter of deli meats, tropical fruits and cheese with a glass of local beer, wine or a soft drink followed by your main lunch meal.

Curtain Fig Tree
Your guide will take you through a short rainforest boardwalk to see the famous Curtain Fig Tree, an enormous, 500-year-old strangler tree. You will learn all about the history of how the Curtain Fig Tree was formed.

Visit The Humpy Store
The Humpy Store is local treasure trove of local produce galore! Purchase local produce such as nuts, fruits, dips, jams and more! A good little snack for along the way, for the trip home or as a souvenir.

If there is time: you may also stop at Gallo Dairyland to purchase cheese or an ice-cream on the way home. This is not a scheduled stop on this tour.

What to Bring:

Milla Milla Falls

Travelling with children
Children of all ages are welcome & must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged up to 15 years may pay the child price. 

Family Friendly
We offer special rates for familes. Please check the booking for form for up to date family pricing.

Things To Bring
Please take Hat, Sunscreen, Camera, extra batteries & memory cards Water bottle,  extra cash for cold drinks, souvenirs or an ice-cream, raincoat or umbrella in our rainny season. Good attitude !!!

What do I wear?
As we are in a tropical environment, please wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes or sandals. In our winter months (July to August), you may wish to bring a light jacket for the morning. It is advised not to wear thongs (flip flops) and please no high heels.

Wheelchair accessible. Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark.
Infant seats available
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

About Billy Tea Safaris

About Billy Tea Safaris


Billy Tea Safaris is a true local company, having been locally owned and operated for over 36 years! As an Advanced Eco-Certified tour company, we operate small personalised day tours in custom-built 4WD vehicles with accredited local guides to the Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation, Outback & Chillagoe Caves & the Cairns & Tablelands. 

Our 4WD vehicles are custom-built for passenger comfort and to withstand some of the ruggedness required in the areas that we operate. The vehicles are high clearance which means when conditions are wet we can still get through, extra-large viewing windows, spacious seats, extra legroom for maximum customer comfort. 

Best of the Cairns Tablelands Tours Reviews


We are Sun &Hu, we had two days trip with Billy Tea Safari on Saturday and this Monday, 1 day DAINTREE RAINFOREST and, 1 DAY BEST OF THE CAIRNS TABLELANDS, we had a wonderful time with Neville who is very knowledgeable and passionate guide, let us know many plants and local history, everything of 2 days arrangement is perfect, beautiful view, BBQ lunch, fruits, and comfortable vehicle, we really enjoyed this amazing trip, very impressive. Thank you Billy Tea Safari and Neville.


Deborah Conrad Lane

We did the Atherton Table Safari with Matthew our guide in late October. The stop and tasting at Coffee World was delicious, with lots of coffee varieties and chocolates to try in their tasting room. The coffee museum was also very amusing. Herberton Historical Village was amazing, full of iconic detail of the past, and was accompanied by a fruit and cheese platter of local exotic fruits and locally made cheeses for morning tea. The Platypus Park was very relaxing, and the view from our lunch table hard to beat. And we got to see the platypus in the wild afterwards, which made me very excited! We stopped at various other scenic spots around the area(Curtain Tree, Milla Milla Falls, lookouts) and had an excellent time with our fellow guests. Matthew was efficient, funny, and helpful at all times. This is a grand little day tour, and I thoroughly recommend it.


Best of the Cairns Tablelands Tours

Pickups from the Southside Accommodation 6.15 am, Cairns CBD is 6.30am, Northern Beaches 6.10 am, Port Douglas are at 6.00am. Returning time Port Douglas at approx 7.00 pm, Northern Beaches 6.00pm, Cairns City 6.30pm. Departing except Xmas Day

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