We have woken to a cloudy day but no rain. Had some very heavy falls during the night. The park is looking very soggy and boggy.
Today we are heading to Lake Eacham. The famous crater lake has pristine clear water that is perfect for swimming and is surrounded by upland tropical rainforest. There are shady picnic areas with barbecues. The sun is out so we are going to do the 3km hike around the lake. The track is well sign posted and a lot easier than Mt Cook. While on our walk we heard lots of birds and saw one bush turkey. Lake Eacham is about 65 metres deep.
Heading into Atherton we call in to Hallorans Hill lookout, an ideal point to see the remnants of the volcanic activity that cast the future of the areas rich soil millions of years ago. After lunch we head to The Hou Wang Temple which was the social and religious heart of the Athertons Chinese community. These are the only photos as the temple is closed Monday and Tuesday. It is the only remaining structure of the original town.
Back in the day of pioneers, Atherton was the Mulligan Highway connecting the seaside port of Port Douglas to the newly opened tin deposits at Herberton.
Continuing our drive we arrive at Tolga. A thriving community today, Tolga began life as a simple staging post. At the outbreak of World War II, the region became a training centre and staging base for allied forces. While walking around Greg decided to check his lotto ticket. We heard the winning chimes and thought is this it. No we are not buying a new car but we can afford to put lotto on for 5 more weeks. Calling into the peanut factory we sampled some, then onto the strawberry farm to indulge in a fruit sorbet. Yum Yum.
Our last stop of the day "Afghanistan Avenue of Honour" in Yungaburra. The avenue will forever reflect the respect and pride our nation has for all those courageous and dedicated soldiers who have given their lives in the line of duty in Afghanistan.