Welcome to BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park, proudly owned and operated by the Fletcher family. We are situated just 1.5km from the Atherton Post Office and Central Township and centrally located to all the wonderful attractions that you will find on the beautiful Tablelands.
Many of our guests have commented they were not aware that there was so much to “see & do”, so we have put a sample itinerary together, just to get you started … please read on …
For those guests who "do not feel like driving themselves" we are very happy to announce that Tablelands Tours & Transfers are happy to offer tailored packages for couples or small groups and will pick up guests from our Park. Please ask at Reception for details or visit: www.tablelandstoursandtransfers.com.au
IGA is 1.5km away in the Silo Shopping Centre & open from 7am – 8pm daily and stocks a variety of fresh Tableland produce.
(Coming from the Park, turn left at the roundabout beside Tourist Information).
Woolworths is just 2km away in Cook Street, open every week day until 9pm, Saturdays until 5pm, Sundays from 9am – 6pm. In the Woolworths complex you will also find Country Target, a chemist, butcher, jeweller, newsagent, Subway & Gloria Jeans.
Atherton boasts a variety of shops including Brumby’s Bakery, BIGW, Harvey Norman and other specialty stores including hairdressers, hardware stores, several beauticians, clothing shops & bakeries. Feel like a delicious coffee? … Gallery 5 is just at the end of Herberton Road on the left hand side by Tourist Information with healthy and not so healthy treats for you to enjoy. Gallery 5 also stocks a variety of local art work and interesting nic nacs.
(Being a regional town, not all shops are open on Sundays. You will find shops such as Brumby’s, the newsagents & Gloria Jeans are open at various times).
Please ask at Reception if we can assist further with your shopping needs.
A trip to the shops in Atherton would not be complete without a visit to Fascinating Facets & the Crystal Caves (brochures available at Reception).
Why not take a stroll to the National Trust, Atherton Hou Wang Temple, just 500m away and enjoy a piece of Atherton’s history. The Temple is open from Monday to Saturday (9am to 5pm) May to September; Tuesday to Saturday (9am to 1pm) October to April inclusive. Our guests receive a special voucher to use at the Temple so please remember to ask for yours at Reception on check-in.
Hallorans Hill Lookout is a must for a total view of the Tablelands. Rest for a few minutes, enjoy the peace, the fresh air and the vast range of colours … on a clear day you will see the Seven Sisters.
Don’t forget, just on dusk … Platypus Park is just 500m away beside the Hou Wang Temple. There is small platypus in the pond which are seen regularly by many of our guests. Platypus Park hosts the Atherton Markets on the 1st Saturday of the month.
Approximately 5kms from our Park you will find the Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, on the road to Herberton. Brochures for the Hospital are available at Reception. Meet the real stars of the night at this world class facility (which has Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation) for the rehabilitation of bats. Standard opening hours are 3pm-6pm all year round but bookings are essential in the busy orphan season October to May and for tours outside of these hours. You can visit their website on http://www.tolgabathospital.org
You might like to pick up a copy of the Tropical Atherton Tableland Map and a Discover Magazine from Reception.
Drive out to Milla Milla via Malanda. Stop off at the Malanda Dairy Centre for a tour and make sure you spend time in the faboulous coffee shop attached to it.
Other areas of interest in this general vicinity include the Nerada Tea Plantation, Mungalli Creek Dairy (just delicious), the Mt. Hypipamee National Park and Crater and Dinner Falls.
Take the time to enjoy the Curtain Fig Tree and the Cathedral Fig Tree. Nick’s Swiss Restaurant is also a local favorite. Just new to the area is the Gallo Cheese & Chocolate Farm. Viewing, tastings and a coffee shop are available. The very popular Yungaburra Markets are held on the 4th Saturday of every month.
Of major significance in Yungaburra you will now find the Avenue of Honor. Founded by the Chuck family, having lost their own son in Afghanistan, this peaceful memorial is a tribute to our fallen soldiers. Please ask at Reception for a map showing its location in Tinaburra.
You are also very close to the Lakes area - Lake Eacham & Lake Barrine. Why not take a cruise on Lake Barrine? … The teahouse at Lake Barrine is very well known for its homemade scones, cream and jam!
Not only will you admire the craftsmanship of the various pieces the Tolga Woodworks also has a very nice café. Markets are held at the Tolga Racecourse on the 1st Sunday of the month.
Whilst in Tolga you could take the Lake Tinaroo turnoff and head out to the Tinaroo Dam. It is an enjoyable drive and the road will bring you to an open air information centre about the dam.
Please come and see us at Reception. There are a number of coffee plantations and wineries in the area, all offering various discounts for tours and tastings all in the general area of Mareeba. The Mareeba Markets are held every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Mareeba Cultural Centre.
Take a short drive to Herberton and visit the Historic Herberton Village. The “town” has just been lovingly restored to its former glory. Show the kids or maybe reminisce yourself, in the School house, step back in time in the grocery store then head to the blacksmiths. Buildings date back to 1870 with a great assembly of original displays, machinery and vehicles. Whilst in Herberton don’t forget the Mining Centre. Some people travel on to Ravenshoe from here to see the Wind Farm.
Visit the Kuranda Markets which is just a 50 minute drive from Atherton. We would be very happy to make your Kuranda Train and Sky rail bookings for you.
You might also like to take the opportunity to see the Barron Falls – they are simply amazing, particularly after some rainfall.
Another popular place to visit, is Granite Gorge. Explore these magnificent rocks and boulders, enjoy the beautiful cool natural pools and the gorgeous wallabies, at “wallaby rock”. The staff will give you food for the wallabies – they love it!
If you just feel like having a relaxing day in the Park before you head off on your next adventure, our pool and cabana area is very relaxing (even in winter) and a great place to access the free wireless internet, so you can catch up on your emails to all your family and friends or write your postcards.
For the bird lovers, our award winning gardens will delight. Please make sure you see Reception for a copy of the Woodlands Bird and Butterfly list. This lists all the species that have been found in our Park and you are more than welcome to add to our collection. Hastie’s Swamp, also popular for bird lovers, is just a 2km drive away. Bird lists are available for Hastie's Swamp and across the Atherton township. For the bushwalkers, the park has its own link track to Yabi (formerly Merry Widow) and Baldy mountain summits with spectacular views of the Tablelands.
For guests of all ages we do have a DVD player for hire and a selection of DVDs and relaxing CD’s for your enjoyment.
Whilst we would love to provide a full itinerary, we would rather not; for fear that we would leave just as worthy a destination from the itinerary. What you see above are the major destinations from the Tropical Atherton Tableland Map and there are many points of interest along the way. The staff at the Atherton Visitor Information Centre (cnr of Herberton Road & Main Street) have a wealth of knowledge and are extremely helpful. They would be very happy to assist you if you have particular interests of your own.
Thank you for choosing to stay at BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park.
We hope you enjoy your stay and your time on the Tablelands.
Should you have any suggestions for our Park, or constructive feedback, we would love to chat with you.
Please call into Reception and ask for our Managers, Janine or Shawn
We look forward to welcoming you back … until then … Safe travels ….