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Barefoot Tours - Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Day Tour - Includes Lunch – Departs Cairns

Typical, rushed, overpriced, blah blah blah. Nah, BUGGER THAT!!! Swim in volcanic crater lakes, take a dip under breath-taking waterfalls and slide down a natural waterslide around the Atherton Tablelands!


  • Voted no.1 on TripAdvisor from 2010 to early 2018 as the best tour in Cairns
  • Voted by the Luxury Travel Guide as Australia’s Tour Operator of the year 2018
  • Awarded for Excellence in Service from the Travel and Hospitality Awards 2018
  • Visit Lookouts, Lake Eacham, 500yr old Fig Tree, Waterfalls & enjoy freshwater swimming!
  • Small personalized group tours with a maximum of 20 travellers

Travel in style with us as we take you to our favorite spots in the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest on our MUST-DO full day Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls tour. Departing daily we all about fun, adventure, laughs and swimming in some of the best spots to visit in the Cairns region.

Barefoot Tours customizes the route and the timings of the day based on the weather and yourselves! This means as a group, you can choose when you are ready to leave each spot. If we have time up our sleeves we will make extra stops like Dinner falls, Ellinjaa falls, Zillie falls, Babinda Boulders, Nandroya falls, Henrietta creek plus there are a few more to choose from. On average we visit 4-7 locations a day + lookouts.

Lookouts – This one is weather dependent but there are up to 3 amazing lookouts each over different landscapes ranging from a breathtaking mountain range to views over the farmlands. If it has been raining we may stop off at the Barron falls which is magnificent after a huge downpour!

Josephine falls – A series of cascading waterfalls - the bottom pool is open to the public where you have the possibility to try Josephine’s natural rock slide. Not only is this a locals favourite swimming spot, but Australia also agrees that this is one of their most beautiful waterfalls boasting pristine fresh water from the Mount Bartle Frere.

Volcanic Crater Lake Eacham – Serene crystal clear blue lake that's up to 65m deep. Over 180 bird species have been recorded here, as well as the musky rat-kangaroo. It’s not often you can take a refreshingly cool dip in a volcanic crater lake, definitely, a must do on your Aussie tour.

500yr old Fig Tree – We visit the ancient mystic roots of a half-century old fig tree. If you have ever seen the movie Avatar, then this is where a lot of the ideas for the movie came about - check out the unique resemblance!

Millaa Millaa Falls – A magnificent waterfall surrounded by lush rainforests, one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia due to the Herbal Essence hair flick ad back in the ’90s. There is the possibility of seeing turtles & some have even caught a glimpse of a platypus here (although we are yet to see one here).

Departure: Please be at Gilligan’s by 7:25am & look for a bright orange and green bus with “Barefoot Tours” written down the side. We leave Gilligan’s at 7:30am, so don’t be late, we can’t wait!

Make sure to bring your camera for all the cool stops we make or the possibility of spotting some of Australia’s endemic wildlife like the famous cassowaries, the green tree frog, platypus, turtles, tree kangaroos and possibly even a croc!

The day finishes around 6:30 - 7:30 pm, we can drop you off anywhere in the Cairns CBD city area 3km radius – for those who want to go straight out afterward. The Atherton Tablelands is around an hours drive from Cairns, the time between locations range from 10mins to 45mins and this covers part of the World Heritage Rainforests, Waterfalls, Volcanic Crater Lake and whatever else we find in between!

So, if you are ready to have your (They are actually called Thongs) flip-flops blown away then join up for a fun, adventurous, relaxed stress-free day in the Atherton Tablelands.

  • 7.30am pick up outside Gilligan's Hostel Cairns
  • First stop Heales Lookout
  • Approx. 9am Second stop Lake Eacham
  • Next stop Curtain Fig Tree
  • 11am head on to the waterfalls! Millaa Millaa falls, Malanda Falls, Josephine Falls
  • Approx 4.30 arrive at Babinda Boulders for a swim stop until 5.15pm
  • Arrive back in Cairns 6 - 6.30pm
Per Person $114.00 (13 years +)

What's included

  • Picnic lunch with sandwiches and fresh fruit
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea
  • Return transfers from Gilligan’s in Cairns CBD


  • 10.5 Hours


  • Trip departs Allbout Cairns shop located at 58 Grafton St, Cairns CBD, QLD 4870 – just across the road from Gilligans.



  • CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations made 72 hours or more before booked departure date will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made within 72 hours of booked departure date will not receive a refund.This tour welcomes those aged 13 years and older, with many of their customers being 25 years + of age.

  • Check-In: Please be at Allbout Cairns by 7:15am for check in procedures. Look for a bright orange & green bus with Barefoot Tours written down the side, your guide will meet you inside Allbout Cairns shop. We leave Allbout Cairns at 7:30am, so dont be late, we cant wait!.

Available Bookings from January 19 to January 25

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  • Per Person$89.00 Less than 6 at this price!

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jadens from Australia wrote on 07 January 2021

Great trip

It is exactly what you imagine it to be. A great drive with great tunes. The bus driver was experienced and and thoughtful. The waterfalls were magnificent and great swim. Extremely happy

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inessae from Australia wrote on 23 June 2021

Excellent Tour - Food can be improved

We enjoyed the tour a lot! There was lots to see and scenery was amazing . The tour guide was engaging and personable. My only suggestion for the Barefoot company is to improve their lunch food offerings: maybe to have more vegan/vegetarian options, lime gourmet pies and multigrain bread etc. It could be preordered and picked up from o e if the bakeries in Cairns on the same day.

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singledad from Australia wrote on 21 January 2021

Must Do

Friendly and passionate guide guided us to some truly beautiful and amazing natural wonders of the world. Definitely a must do in cairns

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Lewis Caton from United Kingdom wrote on 03 January 2020

Lovely location, awful host

The locations we visited were absolutely stunning and well worth a visit. Our problem was with our tour guide. He took absolutely no notice in any of the group apart from the two Danish girls he obviously was attracted to. All he wanted to do was take photos of them, even though they didnt want to at all. Everytime he needed help from someone, he'd grab them. Anytime he wanted to take a photo, it was of them. Maybe the best example was when we were stood by them and he ran over and said girls do you want to learn, do you want to learn? Then 30 seconds later when he had walked off with them decided to turn around and say to myself and my partner oh you can come as well if you want. I mean we had paid for the same tour! Or when he wanted a photo of the smallest person in the group next to a vine to show how big it was he completely ignored another girl who was by far the smallest just so he could try and place one of the Danish girls next to it. Then later on when at the natural water slide he ran up to the top, leaving everyone and only showed the two girls how to go down and the safest way to do so, before then going down himself and getting up the other side so he could film the girls. He also ran around everywhere, wouldn't wait for the group, just wanted to show off how strong he was or how well he could swim. All day all he kept talking about was vines stopping the car and walks to tell us all about the same vines constantly. Awful host!

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Ruby Kavanagh from United Kingdom wrote on 05 February 2020

An amazing day!!!

Such a great, fun filled day at such a reasonable price! We went to 6 different locations which were all equally as beautiful, Josephine Falls has a natural rock slide which was definitely a highlight of the day. Daryl was our tour guide, he was amazing! Highly recommend this trip for all ages!

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