When it comes to accommodation in the Atherton Tablelands, you’ll be exchanging the grand resorts and and hotel chains in Cairns for more humble, family-run retreats. Think less Hilton, Pullman and Crystalbrook- and more country-style cottages, bucolic B&B’s and rustic lodges. But that’s what we love about the countryside, right?!
The Sailor and I have stayed in a number of places throughout the Atherton Tablelands, often choosing accommodation that allowed us to max out on it’s rural setting. Usually they have outdoor provisions like a terrace or verandah (great for spotting nocturnal wildlife) and a campfire or BBQ. Conditions rang from basic to more affordable-luxury cottages with a spa bath and all the frills.
I’d firstly suggest penciling in what you want to do here before considering where to stay- that’s what took me the most amount of time when holiday planning as the region’s so vast and spread out! If you’re still figuring all that out too, then here’s a list of my favourite things to do in the area, geared towards sustainable adventures.