Tourism is the second largest economic
driver for the Atherton Tablelands.


The Atherton Tablelands is classified as a sub region of the greater Tropical North Queensland area.

Tropical North Queensland consistently ranks in the top five destinations visited by international visitors to Australia, and the top twenty destinations visited by domestic overnight visitors.

Tropical North Queensland is best known as the gateway to the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests, and the only place in the world where two world natural heritage listed sites meet.  These unique attributes have positioned the region as a popular tourist destination and resulted in the development of a diverse range of tourism facilities and opportunities.

The Atherton Tablelands is defined as the region that sits within the boundaries of Mareeba Shire Council and Tablelands Regional Council and is blessed with a multitude of natural attributes and a climate that is completely different to that of the coastal strip.

How Tourism Works

The existing tourism system represents a multi-layered structure for industry to engage through a number of destination marketing organisations, each requiring an additional level of investment/membership.

Tourism Australia (TA) is the Australian Government agency responsible for attracting international visitors to Australia, both for leisure and business events.

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) is a statutory body of the Queensland Government and the state’s lead marketing, destination and experience development and major events agency.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) is the regional tourism organisation (RTO) for Tropical North Queensland and is a membership based, industry funded, incorporated private company, limited by guarantee.

 *Image supplied by Tourism Tropical North Queensland