The Summit Rainforest Retreat is located in the Cairns Highlands, also known as the Atherton Tablelands, in Far North Queensland, Australia. The retreat is situated on the summit of an extinct volcano and commands the highest point in Atherton. You will love the tranquil rainforest setting with its 180 degree panoramic views. Walk through the rainforest to the centre of the crater, enjoy the spectacular scenery, use the "conference room", or relax by the pool/spa whilst you sip a cool drink. The Summit B&B has a slightly lower altitude on the properties slope, but still with magnificent views, this dwelling can be booked as individual B&B rooms or as an entire holiday house.

The Summit Rainforest Retreat feels on top of the world, but is only a 10 minute walk to the main street of Atherton with all that it offers. A wide variety of Restaurants are within a 10 minute drive from The Summit.

The Summit Rainforest Retreat offers B&B rooms, 1 bedroom apartments, and 3, 4 or 5 bedroom holiday houses which can be used as a conference room facility on the Atherton Tablelands. All accommodation types have access to full kitchen, ensuited bedrooms and laundry facilities and is set in a luxurious setting for you and/or your group’s private indulgence.

The Summit B&B is now available. A brand new, self-contained "Queenslander" dwelling with 3 bedrooms all with ensuites and each has an entrance onto a spacious deck with views from each room.

The extended local area is an ecological wonderland of delight for the traveller. It is one of the most diverse regions in Australia with four distinct landscapes within a very small area. Walks are available to get up close and view native rainforest with some of its inhabitants, such as Lumholtz tree kangaroos, echidnas, green ring tailed possums, pademelons, Agile wallabies, Goanna's and lots more.

The Summit Rainforest Retreat is in a luxurious, "nature lovers" setting. Ideal for singles, couples, families, groups, multiple couples, weddings, business travellers, conferences, meetings and seminars etc. Packages for accommodation and conferences are available so that you can mix business with pleasure.

Don't be like many others and say, "We should have allowed more time", or, "we will have to come back to see it all". The Atherton Tablelands is a destination in itself. Allow 3 days and see it all, be enthralled by its beauty."

Activities and facilities

  • BBQ facilities
  • Business centre
  • Conference/Meeting facilities
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Kids pool
  • Non-smoking property
  • On-site parking
  • Outdoor pool - heated
  • Self service laundry facilities
  • Spa/Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Tour desk

Business facilities

  • Conference room (extra cost) including fax, copier, data projector, screen, white board, sound/DVD system.


22 - 28 Twelfth Avenue, Atherton 4883 QLD Australia

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The Summit Rainforest Retreat & Conference Centre

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Check In 1400hrs
Check In Instructions Guests must phone property at least 24 hours prior to arrival to confirm ETA.
Check Out 0930hrs
Getting There The Summit Rainforest Retreat is located in the township of Atherton. Once in Atherton, go to the Post Office which is at the Herberton (or southern) end of the main street opposite McDonald’s fast food outlet. From there, turn left into Robert Street heading towards Malanda & Ravenshoe and travel approx 1.7km up Robert Street, which is also the main street out of town. At the top of the hill, next to Halloran's Hill Leisure Park, turn left into Twelfth Avenue. Please come to Atherton Blue Gum B & B (Number 36) is 100 metres on the right hand side (sign out the front).
Parking Car Parking onsite
Things To Do We are located on a beautiful, scenic and unspoilt, undulating tableland between 500 and 1000 metres above the "The Great Barrier Reef" perfect for self driving tours.

See our Self Drive Itineraries for the Northern, Central & Southern Sections of The Atherton Tablelands, allow a full day in each section.

Ancient Rainforest, Volcanic lakes , Waterfall Circuit (including Millaa Millaa Falls), Mareeba Wetlands, National Parks, "World Heritage Listed - Wet Tropics" and Mabi Rainforest areas and an abundance and diversity of flora and fauna. Guided night spotting tours can be arranged.

Adventure Activities include: Hot Air Ballooning, Free Flying, Horse Riding, Barramundi fishing, Bungy Jumping, Pioneer walking trails with Donkeys, Go-Kart Racing and Adventure helicopter experiences.

Jose Paronella's dream continues at Paronella Park.

A great place to spend half a day, is "Platypus Bend", especially if you like walking without the tourist "masses".

Be assured of a "Barra" at the Tablelands best fishing park, "Tarzali Lakes".

Visit working Coffee & Tea Plantations, Wineries, Gourmet Dairy food tasting, cheese & chocolate dairies and other agricultural pursuits.

Self Drive the Tropical Food Trails.

The Mareeba Wetlands, a bird watchers haven & conservation success story.

"Rainforestation Nature Park" - Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, Koala's and amphibious army ducks, restaurants and gift shops.

Historical towns of Yungaburra, Atherton, Herberton & Irvinebank - the regions heart from 1880 - 1920.

Gemstone fossicking and Gold panning, off the normal tourist track.

The Hou Wang Miau Chinese Temple, the last surviving structure of what was Cedar Camp, the Atherton Chinatown, established in the mid 1880's.

Historic Steam Train journeys, up the steepest grades in Queensland.

Granite Gorge - feed the Rock Wallabies in their natural habitat.

Aviation and Military Museum as well as camp sites, recording the Atherton Tablelands role in WWII.

Lake Tinaroo and Tinaroo Dam, - Tours, Cruises and Water sports.

A Variety of bushwalking tracks.

The Curtain and Cathedral Fig Trees, both over 500 year old Strangler Fig Trees and the Twin Kauri Pines at Lake Barrine are all testament to the Atherton Tableland origins.

Cairns, Kuranda, Mission Beach and Port Douglas are in the region.

The Summit can be used to break the trip from the Coast to Undara Lava tubes, Chillagoe and Cobbold Gorge.

Use our Tour Desk to book these day trips, or any other.
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