Travel Journal: Atherton Tablelands


The day trip to the Atherton Tablelands started very early, getting picked up at 7. After a fair bit of driving southward we headed out to the Babinda Boulders. The town of Babinda is actually Tully's rival for the Golden Gumboot award held every year when the town with the highest annual rainfall wins the prize. Babinda has won the wettest town award for the last six years and proudly displays the Gumboot in the post office window. However, since Tully has the giant Gumboot and is known as the Gumboot town, Babinda made sure they got in on the action too and proclaimed themselves The Umbrella Town. Not too catchy but at least you know what to pack if you're visiting.
So from here we go a short distance to Josephine Falls where we go a short trek through the rain forest to see the pretty waterfall before having a quick barbecue breakfast which was quite tasty. Next stop Millaa Millaa falls which you might actually recognise as this is a popular filming spot for many adverts most recently herbal essences shampoos and quite notably also the location for Peter Andre's music video Mysterious Girl. One of the boys on the tour even braved the 8 degree water to re-enact the hair flick scene of the video.
After stopping for lunch at Malanda we watched some wild turtles at the environmental park on the edge of the town and then randomly went to a chocolate and cheese factory. Basically a farm with a shop – how exciting. A short trip and we stopped at a nice spot to spy on some platypus in a lake which was cool. My first wild platypus and I even saw a baby one known as a puggle ( not actually their scientific nomenclature but cute none the less). Last stop of the day is the beautiful Lake Eacham which is actually an ancient volcanic crater that has filled with water. Had it been warmer I would have loved to go for a swim but I was happy to play with some of the wild turtles round the edge instead.