Shopping on the Atherton Tablelands is an ‘other world’ experience so be prepared to be amazed by the fresh primary produce offered at markets and roadside stalls.
Crafts of a wide range of artists, including woodworks and handmade clothing, and various collectables and bric-a-brac.
Dairy centres and farms sell their fresh-from-pasture goods and organic by-products, such as cheese, butter and biodynamic milk.
Coffee and tea plantations offer sample tastings of their harvests, local chocolate products are irresistible, and there is a good selection of art galleries.
Yungaburra Antiques features a great range of vintage and quirky furniture and rare decorative items, and Atherton Antiques, housed in a heritage art deco building, has high-quality collectables.
If you crave local art, Peter Jarver Gallery in Kuranda has an impressive collection that is well priced, and Artistree Gallery in Yungaburra features the works of a varied range of artists.
Rainforest Gems in Tolga features all sorts of collectables, including jewellery, pottery ceramic bowls, glazed vases and dishes, all from local artisans.
And you shouldn’t go to Yungaburra without dropping into Booklark Books, the best bookshop on the Tablelands.
It has a unique range of rare and old books ranging across the literary genres, plus hundreds of second-hand contemporary novels.
If you’re serious about your reading, you will soon learn the proprietors are equally so.
The major towns of Mareeba and Atherton are shopping hubs for all the Tablelands communities and most of the leading food and supplies retailers are represented, from Coles and Woolworths to one of the biggest Rivers clothing stores in Queensland.