Darwin or bust - a short drive up the road travel blog

Millstream Falls

Millaa Millaa Falls

Saw this platypus at Yungaburra - lucky us

Malanda Falls

Giant Curtain Fig

Zillie Falls

Ellinjaa Falls


Driving from Cooktown to Mareeba the tropical green slowly changed to countryside. We spent a couple of days exploring the Atherton Tablelands which is a very fertile area due to rich volcanic topsoil. At Yungaburra, a former timber mill town we saw platypus in the local creek. Very lucky for us considering they are usually seen only at dawn or dusk. The town itself reminded us of English village in the summer with all the flowering hanging baskets and floral displays in the main streets. We also saw the 500 year old enormous curtain fig tree which is 50 metres high with a trunk circumference of 39 metres.

We spent one night at Ravenshoe which at 920m is the highest town in Queensland. We had to turn the heater on as it was chilly in the room. We don't know what vegetarians do for dinner at the outback pubs because the limited menus usually feature meat dishes. Mind you one night our rump steaks came out with six different vegetables and chips as well as mashed potato. Carb on carb!

This area has lots of wonderful waterfalls and we saw quite a few of them today.



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