Atherton Tableland, Cairns

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    Atherton Tablelands - Waterfall Circuit

    by pugwashman Written Dec 9, 2004

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    The Waterfall Circuit starts near the town of Millaa Millaa, aboriginal for "Plenty Water". The road goes round in a loop from the main road and takes in a number of different yet equally stunning waterfalls. Be prepared to play follow my leader as you and the rest of the tourists travel from one car park to the next.

    Zillie Falls with rainbow Elinjaa Falls Malanda Falls Millaa Millaa Falls Mungalli Falls
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    Atherton Tablelands

    by pugwashman Updated Dec 9, 2004

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    The Atherton Tablelands are about an hours drive from Cairns up a long winding road from which you can get wonderful views back across the valley towards the coast. There are lots of different tourist spots where you can see Ancient Curtain Fig trees and Kaori Pines, Waterfalls, Lakes, and stunning countryside. Well worth taking a trip to and once you're there just go with the flow and stop wherever takes your fancy.
    There's also a nice Dairy Farm at Mungalli where you can taste locally made cheese and have a nice cream tea ... mmmmm!!!

    Crawford's Lookout in the Atherton Tablelands 1,000 year old Bull Kauri tree Curtain Fig
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    Yungaburra

    by Alphons Updated Nov 10, 2003

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    I make a three days tour to the Atherton Tablelands with "on the Wallaby" a very good organisation. We see a lot with good guides. We make bike rides,did canoiing, spot Plattypus and have a lot of fun in the backpackers lodge. We stay in the little but beautifull place Yungaburra. And play pool and have fun with the locals in the Lake Eacham Hotel.

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    Atherton Tablelands: Crater Lakes National Park

    by xuessium Updated May 20, 2006

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    Took a 1-day Waterfalls Tour to the Atherton Tablelands with On The Wallaby Tours. Was charged A$80, circa June 2003.

    The rest of the morning were taken up by time spent in Crater Lake National Park.

    The tour stopped by Lake Barrine first, a clear, blue lake 65m deep surrounded by lush rainforest. It is a maar (a volcanic crater formed by explosions from overheating groundwater). The vegetation consists of mainly tall trees (35-40m), many large fig trees, and an understory with long-leaved ginger plants and aeroids. A 6.5km circuit track begins at the lake's edge below the car park and passes two exceptionally large kauri pines, a tree which dominated Tableland forests for thousands of years.

    Wildlife around the lake includes the common saw-shelled turtle, water dragons, amethystine pythons and the colourful Boyd's forest dragon, a lizard that grows to 45cm. There is a privately-owned teahouse and boat cruises here, though the biggest attractions, aside from the toilet break, were the pelicans! Everyone was snapping away, and the pelicans were seemingly lapping up the attention!

    The next stop was Lake Eacham. We actually spent more time here. It is also a maar surrounded by rainforest. Different soil types and drainage patterns can result in a wide variety of forest types. A 4.5km track around the lake passes many different rainforest communities.

    There are approximately 100 species of birds in the rainforest here as well as one of the few species of marsupial active during daytime, the small, dark, musky rat-kangaroo. Like Lake Barrine, Lake Eacham offers swimming, birdwatching, picnic areas and shady walking tracks. In fact, some folks in my group went for a dip in the (cold) lake while the other folks, who preferred to stay dry, sat on the grass, had breakfast (sandwiches and coffee/tea) and chat.

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    Atherton Tablelands: The Waterfalls Circuit

    by xuessium Updated May 20, 2006

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    Took a one day Waterfalls Tour to the Atherton Tablelands with On The Wallaby Tours. Was charged A$80, circa June 2003.

    These were the highlights of the tour - folks getting VERY VERY wet. Once at Millaa Millaa Falls, in no time, half of the group had stripped down to their boardshorts, trunks and bikinis and were splashing away in the cold water. (Brrr....) The Falls is a popular bathing spot on a hot day - the car park has toilets and change sheds nearby. It is also highly featured in many ads for Australia and find its way into coffeebooks, souvenir booklets and postcards!

    Photographer tip: There are tracks along the side of Millaa Millaa Waterfall where you can walk (careful: slippery rocks!) to get a side view of the waterfall and get shots of the folks enjoying the splash of the water.

    Zillie Falls is 7.5km after Millaa Millaa Falls and the viewing platform is above the waterfall's height. There is no access to the bottom of the waterfall from the platform but there is a good view of the proceeding rapids and the top of the falls. There is no swimming access at this waterfall.

    The third waterfall, Ellinjaa is the furthest (another 3kms drive past Zillie) but again provided a good spot to get really wet once more. There is a grassed picnic area adjacent to the parking facilities and a viewing platform located at the beginning of the walk (which descends to the waterfalls base) which provides a clear view for photo opportunities.

    After the wet merriment of the afternoon, the tour swinged by "On The Wallaby" Lodge for coffee/tea (and a welcomed toilet break) as well as to drop off folks who had signed on for an overnight stay before departing for Cairns and reaching the city at about 7pm.

    MillaaMillaaFalls ZillieFalls EllinjaaFalls
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    Atherton Tablelands

    by phil_uk_net Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This was actually a great day out. I went with a company called Northern Experience Eco Tours. The Tablelands area is very scenic and we visited some nice waterfalls that were tucked out of the way. Another surprise was Paronella Park, a Spanish Castle built here by one man, Jose Paronella, in the early 1900's.

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    Atherton Tablelands: Cathedral Fig Tree

    by xuessium Updated May 20, 2006

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    Took a one day Waterfalls Tour to the Atherton Tablelands with On The Wallaby Tours. Was charged A$80, circa June 2003.

    The Atherton Tablelands, the highlands behind Cairns, are named after John Atherton, who made the tin deposits at Herberton accessible by opening a route to the coast in 1877. Dense forest still covers part of these highlands.

    Left Cairns at around 8am, the first stop was the Cathedral Fig Tree. The Cathedral Fig is a massive strangler fig tree. From the carpark, it was just a short distance to the boardwalk that encompasses the massive system of buttress roots. It was so large, you can do a walk INSIDE the base of the tree.

    The Cathedral Fig Tree is one of many visitor attractions along the Danbulla Forest Drive which runs around Lake Tinaroo.

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    Atherton tablelands - Cairns hinterland

    by Myndo Written May 13, 2006

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    Atherton-Tablelands, green soft flowing hills and many waterfalls.

    The Landscape feels very familiar to me, like the Jura in Switzerland.
    But the climate is a lot warmer, so the forests around here are more like Rainforests.

    To see:
    - Barron Falls (very big, expressive especially in the wet time)
    - Milaa Milla Falls (like on a tropical island-kitchy)
    - Dinner Falls (the typical Waterfall)
    - more: Zillie Falls, Ellinja Falls ..
    - Mt Hypipamee Crater: a hole in the stone with a lake on the ground - the way to it goes through a forest, beware of the leeches here!

    Milla Milla Falls, Atherton
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    Atherton Tablelands

    by Custodyspice Updated Apr 16, 2004

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    There are countless shops in Cairns where you can book up trips into the Rainforest. I cant remember how much I paid. Some Aussie nutcase called Bill took us up to the Atherton Tablelands. The first lake we stopped at he told us crocs sometimes swam in it. He then proceeded to strip off, stark bollock naked, dived in, swam like a fish to the other side and yelled "Come on in then". Everyone reluctantly peeled off to their swimsuits and gingerly stepped in. I dont think anyone was bothered so much about the crocs. I think everyone was more shocked at the sight of his todger.

    It might be wise to put on some insect repellant because in the deeper parts the flies draw blood. We had a BBQ at Millaa Millaa Falls which was pretty.

    Millaa Millaa Falls, Atherton Tablelands

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    Atherton Tableland.

    by Sharrie Written Sep 18, 2002

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    ATHERTON TABLELAND: At an altitude of 900 m in some places, the tableland has abundant rainfall. Combined with rich volcanic soil it has became one of the greenest places in Queensland. Farming & timber are chief activities in this area.

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    a daytrip with on the wallaby

    by gonzo747 Written Oct 13, 2005

    From Cairns I did a daytrip with "on the wallaby" to the atherton tablelands, milaamilaa falls, some crater lakes, a wine area (try a snakebite (chilli wine)) etc....
    The unique thing with the trip was that the driver kept on making fun off us, which was a good laugh.
    It was a very relaxed day did some swimming, walking in the jungle, looked at some big trees.

    crater lake huge fig tree small jungle walks milaa milaa falls another waterfall

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    The road from Cairns to the Atherton Table Lands.

    by Alphons Updated Aug 22, 2004

    From Cairns i have make s trip to the Atherton Tablelands. Its a area with a lot of agriculture, rainforrest, old volcano's, lake's, waterfalls,and gorges. It was a place where in early years a lot of goldsearchers.

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    The Atherton Table Lands.

    by Alphons Updated Aug 22, 2004

    Landscape of the Atherton Table Lands. It is a beautiful area where you can walk , make a bike ride, swim under waterfalls and lakes etc.

    The Atherton Tablelands.

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