Atherton Tablelands

Saturday 01 August 2020: Mt Surprise to Ravenshoe: 186 km

A broad-leaved bottle tree
Forty Mile Scrub NP protects a small dry rainforest remnant between Mount Surprise & Mount Garnet
The grevilleas and bottle brushes are all in flower along the side of the road
Mount Garnet Hotel dates from 1898
Innot Hot Springs – not commercial but just hot water, boiling in places, in a creek
Mailboxes – love the repurposed microwave oven
Millstream Falls, the widest single-drop falls in Australia
Little Millstream Falls spilling over an old basalt lava flow
We were excited to spot a dozen red-tailed black cockatoos but not a good day for photos
Ravenshoe Hotel, Queensland’s highest pub (900m)
Spent the night at Ravenshoe Caravan Park in the old railway yards

Sunday 02 August 2020: Ravenshoe to Malanda (Sightseeing): 186 km

The heritage-listed 18m plunge Millaa Millaa Falls
Next stop on the Waterfalls Circuit – Zillie Falls
Ellinjaa Falls with water rushing over lava columns completes the Circuit
We went to see platypus – too elusive to photograph but we did snap a Tooth-billed Bowerbird
Yungaburra Hotel, built in 1910
Historic Yungaburra on a wet and miserable day
The huge wooden Malanda Hotel (built in 1911) is still owned by the family of the original settlers
The magnificent staircase made from local Silky Oak inside the Malanda Hotel

Monday 03 August 2020: Malanda to Mount Molloy (Sightseeing): 144 km

Malanda baths were built below the Falls in 1920
Lake Eacham, a volcanic crater
A fig tree on the Lake Eacham Walking Circuit
There is a 5 km walking track around Lake Barrine, another crater lake 730 metres above sea level
These two Queensland Kauri Pines are more than 45m high and over 6m in girth
Curtain Fig Tree near Yungaburra is one of the largest trees in Tropical North Queensland
Birds of Hasties Swamp
Cow and bird eye each other suspiciously
Bowerbird’s bower decorated with shells in the school yard at Mt Molloy
Mount Molloy Cafe displays the flags of Australia, Mexico and Switzerland
In the tiny town of Mount Molly (pop 254) a Mexican Swiss couple are serving …
… award winning monster size hamburgers

Tuesday 04 August 2020: Mount Molloy to Cairns: 186 km

We went to Cairns via Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach)

Wednesday 05 August 2020: Day off in Cairns

There’s a new walking track to the Summit of Earl Hill, 215m
Looking out over Double Island, the Great Barrier Reef lies beyond
Catching up with family in Cairns – social distancing of course