Cairns / Mareeba / Atherton (95km) / Herberton (18km)
This is a full day trip and there are various ways of going about it. The one above is probably the fastest way to get to Herberton, to visit the Herberton Historic Village. This is a must see if you are exploring the Atherton Tablelands. It is a remarkable museum quality collection of buildings and pioneer paraphernalia, collected privately over 40 years, which gives a wonderful insight into the daily lives of those who lived in North Queensland between the 1880s and 1930s. This is not another poorly presented regional museum but a brilliantly presented collection of national significance.
A visit will take at least 2hrs and you may also want to visit another brilliant museum in Herberton – the Spy and Camera Museum. If you are interested in cameras of the more unusual kind you will find the most amazing collection of devious, miniature and camouflaged cameras that the espionage boffins developed over the last century. Allowing time for lunch, you will have the whole afternoon to do the Waterfall circuit and drive back to Cairns via the Palmerstone Highway by early evening.