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  •   Tropical North - Untourist Attractions

•   Hou Wang Chinese temple
In Atherton, about an hour's drive from Cairns, you will find a historic Chinese temple. Built by Chinese pioneers in the early 1900's of local timber and corrugated iron, the temple is dedicated to Hou Wang. It sits within Atherton’s Chinatown and houses some of the original Chinese artefacts. There is a small entry fee for the temple, museum and the Chinatown precinct.

•   Cairns Heritage City Walk
Lovers of history and architecture should take the self-guided Cairns Heritage City Walk, for a delightful stroll past some of the city’s finest buildings and most significant establishments.

•   Go Fishing
Hire a boat (you can hire them with fishing tackle included) and spend an afternoon fishing in the estuary.

•   The Coffee Works, Mareeba
The Coffee Works in Mareeba is a coffee roasting and blending factory. Take a tour of the blending factory before relaxing in the coffee shop to sample some of their special blends, particularly the macadamia flavoured coffee which is delicious!

•   Visit a tropical winery
You wouldn’t think that there would be many wineries in Tropical North Queensland, but there are a couple of wineries producing delicious wines based on tropical fruits. At the Golden Drop Mango Winery, take a tour of Australia’s largest mango plantation, view the wine-making process and taste some of their mango wines. De Bruey's Winery offers tastings and cellar door sales of tropical fruit wines, including lychee, mango, mulberry and star apple.

•   Mt Uncle Distillery
Visit Mt Uncle Distillery, a working banana, avocado and macadamia nut farm. Sample their unique liqueurs including banana, coffee, mulberry, mango, Limecello and Lemoncello.

•   Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Mourilyan
The Australian Sugar Industry Museum in Mourilyan provides an insight into Australia`s sugar industry. There are photographs, artefacts and farm machinery on display, as well as exhibits relating to the industry`s history. There is a small entry fee.

•   Herberton Historical Village
While in the Atherton Tablelands, be sure to visit Herberton Historical Village, one of Queensland’s largest displays of heritage buildings. Entry is free, and each building is furnished with Australiana. Some of the relocated buildings on display include an old school, a coaching stable, a miner's hut, a slab hut, a bank, a presbytery and even a telephone exchange.

•   Malanda Dairy Centre
The Tablelands town of Malanda is the centre of lush dairy country. Malanda Dairy Centre features a museum relating to the history of the Tableland dairy industry as well as offering tours of the adjoining Malanda Dairy Farmers factory. There is also an enticing array of local produce and gourmet foods.

•   Flames of the Forest Dining Experience
For a truly unforgettable experience, try Flames of the Forest Dining Experience. Enjoy fine dining by candlelight amidst the ancient trees of the rainforest.

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