Helen and Doug's Round the World Trip travel blog

Wallaman Falls from above

And from the base

After leaving Mission Beach we drove down a long dirt track and up a very steep mountain to get to Wallaman Falls, Australia's highest and 3rd highest in the world. We parked the car and stood gazing in awe at the cascade from the lookout before deciding to do the supposed moderate walk down to the base.

Half an hour later we were surrounded by trees whose leaves sting you if they touch your skin (and hurt in water for 2 years afterwards) picking our way over some very dodgy rocky surfaces. Two hours later we emerged again at the top but it was all worth it as the view from the base was more spectacular than the view from above. Although we weren't allowed too close to the plunge pool (20 metres deep!) the sound of the water was amazing and it fell like mist, beautiful.

After all that exertion we decided to abandon plans to do anything else and retreated back to Townsville intending to have a nice dinner and a drink as it was Thursday night and we thought it would be quite lively. Wrong again! We went to the most popular bar in town at about 9.30pm to be told we were only allowed one drink as they were closing early as it was 'a quiet night'. Clearly the 50 people sitting outside were invisible. Glad to leave Townsville, what a disappointing 'capital' for North Queensland.

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