The Tablelands Region in Far North Queensland was first explored in 1875 by a European J.V. Mulligan, with Atherton and the Atherton Tablelands named after John Atherton, an early settler in 1877. The local area was first explored for its mining potential. The Tablelands is a diverse region, with the main population being from Mareeba and Atherton. Smaller towns in the area include Herberton, Kuranda, Malanda, Ravensoe, Millaa Millaa, Dimbulah, Chillagoe, Mt Garnet, Mt Molloy, Tinaroo, and Yungaburra.
The altitude in the area means the region does not experience temperature extremes or the high humidity that other coastal areas do. The northern part of the Tablelands endures cool, dry winters and wet, warm summers. The region has an estimated population of 25,667 people, having a diversity of attractions and landscapes; with waterfalls, ranges, national parks, and coffee plantations it is a great place to venture and explore. In the town of Atherton visitors should visit the unusual Crystal Cave, the Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, and the Art Deco Barron Valley Hotel; with the top attractions in the area being beyond the town. The World-Heritage Wet Tropics waterfall circuit includes natural wonders of the Milla Millaa falls, Zillie, and Elinjaa Falls.