Australia – Atherton Tablelands (farewell Australia)

– MAY 17, 2015

The hop on/hop off bus tickets we purchased for Australia included a tour at Cairns in the Atherton Tablelands.  It’s a mountain with a lush rainforest, waterfalls, natural pools, and nice hiking trails.  Our guide from Barefoot Tours picked us up at 7:15am and we went out for the entire day (returned at 7pmn that evening).

First we stopped by to see a huge Cathedral Fig Tree.  He called it the “whoa tree“, as when we got there he distracted us and then pointed to the tree ass all of us automatically said “whoa” without thinking.  He got us good.

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Cathedral Fig Tree

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Cathedral Fig Tree

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Cathedral Fig Tree

Next we drove to Lake Eacham, a fresh water lake right on a volcano!  It was instantly vastly deep and if you dropped something in the water you could forget about it.

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Lake Eacham staircase

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Lake Eacham

Our guide, Wade, put out a morning tea spread for us as we swam in the lake.  It was a hearty spread of fruits, tim tams, muffins and of course tea/coffee.

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Lake Eacham morning tea and snacks (center is our guide Wade)

Then Wade drove us to Millaa Millaa Falls.  This is the spot where the herbal essences commercial was filmed (where the woman goes to wash her hair and is transformed to this lush location).  That’s not why we came here, but it was interesting nonetheless.

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Millaa Millaa Falls (used in the Herbal Essences commercials)

That’s me under the pelting water.

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Millaa Millaa Falls (used in the Herbal Essences commercials)

Then we took a drive to Ellinjaa Falls, which is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia.

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Ellinjaa Falls

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Rainforest cauliflower

The highway provided a view of the Boulders Gorge views to come.

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View from highway to the gorge below

Then we went to Josephine Creek, a freshwater river that can instantly flood without notice due to the rainforest activity upstream.

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Josephine Creek

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Josephine Creek

There was a portion that acted like a natural rock waterslide.  It wasn’t long, but it was fast!

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Josephine Creek natural rock waterslide

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Josephine Creek natural rock waterslide

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Josephine Creek

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Josephine Creek

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Josephine Creek selfie pic

About 700m from the waterslide was the areas Devil’s Pool and Boulder’s Gorge.  See below.

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Devil’s Pool

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Devil’s Pool

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Devil’s Pool

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Boulder’s Gorge

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Boulder’s Gorge

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Boulder’s Gorge

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Boulder’s Gorge

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Boulder’s Gorge

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Boulder’s Gorge

A cool day that was made more fun by our guide, Wade.  He was a fin loving person who insisted on giving everyone a hug when we were picked up in the morning and when we were dropped off in the evening.

That’s it for Australia.  Tomorrow we fly from Cairns to Bali, Indonesia (via a stopover at Darwin, Australia).  We have everything set up for a blast in Bali…warm weather here we come.

Thank you Australia for the memories…it was fun here and well worth it.  But its time to move on the start the next adventure.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.

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