A self-drive to small country towns in Atherton Tablelands exploring their own unique characters and lifestyle with a little touch of modern.
This was the town where I was spending my night before heading back to Cairns the following day. I planned to visit the township of Herberton, Atherton, Yungaburra and through Malanda township again before arriving back at Ravenshoe. After unpacking few tools and other accessories, I took a back road drive to the historical township of Herberton. By then, it stopped raining. It was back to its clear blue sky, sunny and great day for spending time outdoors.
The distance from Ravenshoe to Herberton township taking the back road is about 20 kilometres with bitumen road.This township was once a booming town with mining decades back but now a sleepy and laid-back town with very little business industry. This town has a very interesting character with one main street with few older style buildings from both side of the street. The only way to recognise the main street of the town is slow down. Otherwise, you think, it is just a country town suburban street. This main street certainly takes you back in time and felt like a deserted western-movie style town. Though, it was early afternoon, the main street was almost empty, except few school kids gathering in front of the candy shop. Here I wanted to see the historical village centre. As I stepped out of the car, making my way to the entrance, the lady was letting out the last visitors of the exit of the centre for the day. Without being disappointed, I decided to take some photographs of the front and surrounding area of the historic village before making my way to Atherton township as there was nothing to see at that time of the afternoon in Herberton.
Waiting for an hour or more on top of Atherton township lookout, hoping for a change in the weather didn’t turn out the way I wanted but the views over-looking Atherton Tablelands farm lands, mountains and Lake Tinaroo were at least stunning. From Atherton township I drove to see the curtain fig-tree just a kilometre out of Yungaburra township. This tiny town is the main hub for tourists and locals that want to get away to a more quite, secluded and relaxed atmosphere. It offers a variety of accommodations that suits your needs from camping to motel-cottages compared to other towns around Atherton Tablelands. From there I just had a short drive to Malanda township to capture the Malanda Falls. This small township’s major tourist drawcard is the Malanda Falls. Otherwise, most tourist pass through this town to Milla Milla Falls or Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine.
From Malanda, I drove back to Ravenshoe township where I spent the night there at my country cottage home. The next day, I continued my Tablelands exploration and sight-seeing in the early hours of the morning. The first town to visit on my second day was Milla Milla township – to see the MillaMilla Falls. Driving around Atherton Tablelands in the early hours of morning, the road can be difficult to see ahead due to thick fogs and misty.
The township of MillaMilla is very small. Once you drive into the town with one shop, one motel-pub and a cafe, you feel the sense of a small village in country-sides of England, especially the topography – natural surrounding hills and landscape. This is the starting of the misty-mountains which is the gateway to the wilderness walking tracks Misty Mountain Trails. The main tourist attraction to the area is the MillaMilla Falls, also known as the curtain waterfalls. Many visitors, including locals from Cairns and surrounding area flood the area to have a glimpse of the waterfall and a perfect natural wonder for photographers.
After taking this spectacular view of the waterfall, I headed south to Innisfail along Palmerston Highway, where I caught up with a friend of mine that I haven’t seen for few years. Along the way, I stopped at a lookout to take a photograph of this amazing view.
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