It takes approximately 1 hr 45 mins from Sanctuary to reach the stunning Millaa Millaa falls to begin a tour of the highlights of the Atherton tablelands. You could pass through the towns of Malanda and Atherton and continue on towards the historical, picturesque town of Yungaburra. Around this area you can visit the curtain fig tree and the crater lakes of Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham.
Many people enjoy a day spent driving around the tablelands and taking in the highlights and the amazing scenery – if you do not have a car, or do not enjoy driving, then this day is not for you. There are many BampBs on the tablelands and some limited public transport to the Tablelands from Cairns.
It takes about 2 hours to get to Cairns from Sanctuary, with the surrounding activities scattered over a wide area, we’d recommend staying at Sanctuary and enjoying the scenery. We recommend making time in your itinerary to stay in Cairns after you leave Sanctuary. We will be happy to help you book your Cairns accommodation during your stay. However, if you just have a couple of things you would like to do in Cairns and would prefer to stay at Sanctuary, then yes it is possible.