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Address: Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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beautiful and surprising

This is one of the best sidetrips we did on our 8 week australia travel. Ther is so much beauty to see up ther and it can be done in a day with a rental car.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best sidetrips we did on our 8 week australia travel. Ther is so much beauty to see up ther and it can be done in a day with a rental car.

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Dehiwela
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We drove down from Cairns by hired vehicle to Atherton. The drive itself is extremely beautiful, with stretches of the road going through rainforest areas. We passed waterfalls and banana plantations on the way as well. We made our way first to the Hou Wang Chinese Temple in a beautiful setting. It is a extremely beautiful sight, with a red... More 

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Whangarei
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We went south and over the ranges. Don't go this way if you don't like windy roads as you wind your way up and over the high mountains. Great views but this part of the trip will take a bit of time as you can't go too fast. Once over the ranges the land is a contrast to the area... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Often overlooked by holiday makers when in Cairns this is a must see. You can get a little hint if you took the train or Sky cable - but it's much bigger than that. You could go on a bus tour - but the best way to go is rent a car they are cheap and it's easy to navigate.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Was a wonderful day exploring waterfalls, sights and scenery with friends in a hired car - was a much cheaper option than the organised tours, and gave us a lot more freedom to go where we wanted to go.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Best kept secret is the GOLDEN DROP MANGO WINE. Hired a car and the roads are so good to drive on. One of us (two ladies) and one navigates .. worth it

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This area is so different from Cairns & Northern beaches. To really visit FNQ I would recommend including a trip to the Atherton tablelands (Highlands) in your itinerary.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I travelled with Cairns Tableland Tours. Eileen and Clive are the private operators. They are great to be with.

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Rosedale, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The drive up the Gillies Hwy from Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands offers breathtaking views and plenty of spots to stop for a photo. The return trip down the mountain towards Cairns offers no opportunities to stop for a scenic photo.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

did a day trip in hired car to visit waterfalls, saw local scenery, had a great pie at Millaa Nillaa cafe,visited cathedral fig tree...truly spectatcular. Visited crater lakes which were interesting

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Address: Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns

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