The only way to visit the Tablelands

  • Posted by Dee Livingstone
  • July 14, 2011 2:32 AM AEST

If you had told me at breakfast that by tea time I would be singing to a stuffed animal on the bus which the driver had turned into a gangsta hot rod by burning through the clutch plate - I would have raised an eyebrow or two. However that was just what happened when I embarked on the eclectic-and-definitely-not-for-the-shy Uncle Brian's Tour through the Tablelands which promised and delivered food, fun and swimming in the rainforest, under a waterfall and even in the crater of a dormant volcano. Throw in a chocolate fest, on-bus games and a little platypus watching and the most enjoyable and varied day was had by all - including this writer.


Sadly Uncle Brian could not join us for the day due to paternal duties but Cousin Brad, a young man of infinite vocabulary and amusing anecdotes did, driving the octenagerian bus Gus to the entertainment of all.


The Tablelands also know as the Cairns Highlands is renowned for its mild tropical climate and is spared the climatic extremes of floods, droughts and destructive cyclonic winds. It has World Heritage listed crater lakes - Barrine and Eacham - the blue icons of the green Tablelands which provide a beautiful swimming experience and is popular with visitors and locals alike. The whole area is festooned with scenic drives, rainforest walks, giant trees, boat cruises and plenty of wildlife.  The walks provide an opportunity to experience remnants of the Tablelands 5 billion year old  rainforest and to see some wildlife such as the musky rat-kangaroo and more than 100 bird species not to mention a massive variety of dangerous spiders.


It was all quite breath taking and framed in the inimitable style of Uncle Brians Tours to whom I would heartily recommend visiting if your trip should take you to Cairns.

  • Peter Richards
    Peter Richards 600-700 feet
    July 14, 2011
  • Julian Bradder
    Julian Bradder Blimey.
    July 14, 2011
  • Sabrina Sawchuk
    Sabrina Sawchuk I took this tour back in 2006 and had the BEST time!! When I think about a perfect tour company. I think of Uncle Brians. They certainly did it right. Personal experiences, Hands on activities that you wouldnt find on your own. This was so Enjoyable. I s...  more
    June 4, 2014
  • Peter Richards
    Peter Richards I wasn't sure about the Elmo stuff either but still did it. I have just come back from Cairns and Uncle Brian is apparently still going strong although I didn't see any sign of that old bus
    June 4, 2014 - 1 likes this