A Drive Around the Tablelands
Jul 27, 2013
We experienced some very windy conditions in Cooktown but enjoyed our stay. Packing up in the rain, at least the wind has eased. Driving out of the caravan park the sun has decided to show up. Oh well luck of the Irish.
We are heading to Lake Eacham, Blue is hoping to get some fishing in. Lots of traffic on the road today. We had one holdup at roadworks otherwise smooth sailing. Well mostly one idiot that tried to do us in. Overtaking while towing a van in an unsafe spot even the truckie was shocked. Had an early lunch stop at Mt Carbine before heading through the towns of Mt Molloy and Mareeba. Arriving at the caravan park it is threatening to rain. A quick check of our sites and a quick set up. The park is very old and small but comfortable.
Not a lot happened yesterday, tried to walk around the markets but the weather beat us. A shame, they looked really good. Woken this morning by the resident rooster at least he was kind and waited till 7 am. The sun is shining and we can see some blue sky, so we have decided to have a look around the tablelands.
First stop of the day Millaa Millaa, is an aboriginal word meaning 'Plenty water or Waterfall' The historical museum is an informative and interesting dairy and timber museum.
The waterfalls and crater lakes circuit lies right in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands. An amazing number of waterfalls lie in the Tropical North Queensland Wet Tropics World Heritage area.
A stop at the tea house to have a brew and to take in the scenery before we head to our lunch stop. Gallo dairyland where we can taste their gourmet dairy produce and handmade chocolates. We enjoy an excellent lunch and a walk around, we have decided we are too full for the tastings and will go back before we leave.
We leave Gallo and head back, on the way, we stop at the Curtain Fig Tree. The tree stands 50 metres tall and spreads to 39 metres wide at the base and is over 800 years old.
The weather has held for us and we decide to walk off lunch by walking around Yungaburra. This village has existed largely unchanged since 1910, with many of the original buildings still remaining.