|26th July, 2013
We said goodbye to Cooktown this morning and it’s a trip back down to Mt. Carbine where we stopped again. The lady seemed a bit amazed that we remembered her name, well it was Carolyn.
We left Cooktown where it was warm, if a tad windy, and arrived in Lake Eacham in the Atherton Tablelands to cold and rain. I actually had to get the trackies out of their hiding place.
27th July, 2013
More rain but we won’t let that stop us. It’s off to Yungaburra to the Markets this morning. They say they are some of the better markets here on the tablelands.
There were quite a lot of stalls mostly selling fresh produce and the usual craft items. The local preschool had their breakfast cookout happening so of course we supported them.
After the markets we took a leisurely drive around Atherton and while there did a grocery shop at Woollies.
On the spur of the moment we decided to take a look at Lake Tinaroo and of course I didn’t have my camera but I dare say we will be going out there again as it was a lovely area for a picnic and some leisure time.
28th July, 2013
We left in lovely sunshine this morning but didn’t take long, about 25ks, and down came the rain again.
We are on the way to Millaa Millaa and the countryside here is very lush and green with rolling hills dotted with cattle that are in very good condition. They are predominantly dairy cattle as this area is the main dairy industry area for Queensland.
We decided to go to the Mungalli Dairy which is reportedly bio-organic and have the world’s best cheese cakes and yoghurt and cheese.
I’m glad we didn’t do this trip with the caravan on tow as the road was very narrow and winding and rather steep in places.
Finally arrived at the dairy and I was very disappointed. There was no cheese making, no milking, no cheese tasting, no yoghurt tasting – all of which had been advertised – and the prices for their snacks would or should have fed a whole family not just one person. Consequently we didn’t stay.
We continued down the Mungalli road to the Mungalli Falls. The track down to the bottom of the falls was very steep but at least it was asphalted all the way.
It was really worth the trek down as the view of the falls was magic. I would say that they are the best falls we have seen so far on this trip. Have a look at the picture and you be the judge.
Along the way we found a beautiful butterfly, don’t think he was long for this world though.
The climb back up took us a fair while so now I know why they said it was 35 minutes return on the sign, it really isn’t that far down but coming back is a different question, but hey, I made it!!
The falls area is located in the Mungalli Student Camp which is very well kept with dormitories, and a dining area which doubles as a café for day visitors.
We continued around the loop to the main road and along the way there were some young heifers and one little white bull on the road and obviously weren’t used to traffic. They bolted every which way.
The village of Millaa Millaa was founded in 1908 and is at an altitude of 840 metres and has an annual rainfall of 100 inches. There are supposed to be tree kangaroos and platypus in the ponds but we didn’t see any.
The traditional owners were small in stature and were the Mahmu people who occupied the area from Tully to Millaa Millaa. The name Millaa Millaa is aboriginal for place of many waters and the nicest part would have to be the Millaa Millaa Falls, where you can swim in safety (on a warm day of course, too cold at the moment) and even go in behind the falls and sit on the rock ledges.
In 1882 Christy Palmerston camped at Millaa Millaa Falls when he was looking for a way across the mountains from Innisfail to Heberton and he was the first European to transverse the area.
The Palmerston Highway was named after him and the road follows very closely to the original route he took back then.
He also found gold in the Upper Russell River in 1886 and was accompanied by his close companion Pompo, an aboriginal teenager.
This area was renowned for the Kairi Pine and in the local park are sawn lengths of the pine.
The inscription tells you that that particular pine was a seedling in 1137 and in 2003 it crashed to the ground and in 2006, after Cyclone Larry, it was brought in pieces to Millaa Millaa and the total length of one piece that was brought in was 14 metres and the girth was 10 metres.
The demand for timber in the north brought a boom to the local timber industry and the township sprang up from a camp which was used by the teamsters as they moved loads from the base of the hills to the top of the range. Teams would travel down in sets of two and on the way back up two bullock teams pulled just one single wagon then returning for another load after a spell in the village.