6.3 out of 10

Atherton

Ranked 20th best suburb in Far North
-17.2740721158241 145.463510101203
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 07, 2017

"Lovely place but no work"

Atherton is lovely but there is no work. Close to amazing waterholes and camping spots. Lovely town but zero work so a lot of bogans and unemployed.
Pros
  • Camping
  • Friendly
Cons
  • No jobs
  • Low income
  • Boring
  • Poor bus service- bus to Cairns twice a day, but no local service.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 07, 2017

"Lovely place bit no work"

Atherton is lovely but there is no work. Close to amazing waterholes and camping spots. Lovely town but zero work so a lot of bogans and unemployed.
Pros
  • Camping
  • Friendly
Cons
  • No jobs
  • Low income
  • Boring
  • Poor bus service- bus to Cairns twice a day, but no local service.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 15, 2016

"An airconditioned paradise"

Lived on the coast in Ingham for 18yrs (sorry could not wait it get out of that place) and always holidayed up in Atherton. Love the beautiful cool climate with, little hot muggy humidity of the coast, amazing mountains and natural beauty, an outdoor persons paradise. For a small town we have great boutique shops amazing coffee shops, Big W, Harvey Norman, Target, Bunnings etc & only an hour away from Cairns. I would recommend this place to everyone who wants the tropics but with out the horrid heat of the coast. Oh yeah and we have an excellent range of dinning places & great food!!!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great town with fabulous free activities"

Moved here from the UK 10 years ago- best decision we ever made. The locals are friendly & welcoming. There are lots of natural FREE attractions, such as lakes & rainforest AND close to Cairns & an international & domestic airport.
FNQ gets hot & sticky in summer, but Atherton is 3 to 5 degrees cooler than Cairns, plus less humid.
It does get drizzle for 2- 3 months from April to June, but that's why it's SO green!
There is a Big W & Target Country, plus some great locally owned stores that go above & beyond when it comes to pricing & service. Plus FREE parking.
A great place to bring up a family, everything is within walking distance & the crime rate is very low.
We LOVE this place!
Cons
  • Poor bus service- bus to Cairns twice a day, but no local service.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place for families and retirees"

Large country tgwn 1hr to Cairns and Airport excellent schools, hospitals and sporting facilities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
mjo mjo
4/5
2yrs+

"Only an hour and 20 mins south-west of Cairns"

In the tropical tablelands, Atherton has beautiful lakes, waterfalls, rich red soil and tropical rainforest. Everyone is relaxed, the climate is cooler.

They produce peanuts, maize and potatoes. Worth a visit is the Curtain Fig Tree, Millaa Millaa Falls, and crater lakes - waterskiing on the lakes is a blast!

Plenty of accommodation options, from B&B's to hostels and caravan parks - worth checking out.