It was time again to swap beaches with mountain forests and what better place to go then to the Atherton Tablelands.
Dozens of waterfalls cascade throughout the escarpment, which all have their own uniqueness in many ways.
Australia’s most photographed waterfalls are ‘Millaa Millaa Falls’.
‘Millstream Falls’ is Australia’s widest waterfall, as others are just as spectacular within their surroundings. Some are close to car parks in open areas, others are well worth a few hours hike. I couldn’t wait.
Waterfalls are definitely one of my favourite natural photo objects and it doesn’t come to anybody’s surprise, that I have taken many photos of each one of them.
This mountain range is an adventurer’s and photographer’s paradise like myself. Many creatures of the forest live here only and nowhere else in the world. Large scale deforestation has brought many species to the brink of extinction.
National Parks have been placed in this ‘Tropical Rainforest World Heritage Area’, a sanctuary for many endangered species like tree kangaroos.
Rare birds call these forests their home and even the flora is just as unique.
Swamps and wetlands create an aquatic haven for migratory birds as well as for stationary local birdlife.
Crystal clear creeks yield an abundance of Nature’s famous and fabulous.
Deep crater lakes are an ancient reminder of the Tableland’s violent past. Although considered as dormant, this area could again be a volcanic hotspot due to tectonic movement.
It is somehow surprising how quickly the lush forest to the east turns in to dry eucalyptus plains on the western slopes around Ravenshoe.
The Atherton Tablelands are one of Australia’s most significant geological area. They are part of the Great Dividing Range which flanks Australia’s east coast. Queensland’s highest peak, Mount Bartle Frere, towers over an already impressive mountain range.
The Atherton Tableland Region has a long history of indigenous occupation. Aboriginal people with ties to the region seek to maintain their culture today, despite a long period of forced removal from their lands following European occupation in the late 19th-early 20th century.
Tin mining in the early 19th century started another ecological disaster by humankind. Tree logging for valuable woods and agricultural farming eventually destroyed most of this ancient rainforest. Shame really. If we only knew then what we know now!
Today, the Atherton Tablelands are well known for dairy products and a large variety of fruits and vegetables. Rich volcanic soil and high rainfall are the perfect ingredients for agriculture.
I have been to the Atherton Tableland on different occasions before, but I never have spent much time here. It was different this time, I came with good intentions. This is the land where anything can happen if you are looking for it.
Birds of prey use strong winds to soar above paddocks in search of mice.
Kookaburras are just as cheeky and cute here as they are anywhere else in Australia.
I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Possums eye you out whilst passing their hollow.
One thing was for certain. There is plenty to discover and plenty to capture with my camera.
The weather gods were with me most of the time, which is an added bonus. Considering, that the eastern slopes of the Atherton Tableland have some of the highest rainfalls recorded in Australia.
My next few posts are all about the Atherton Tablelands, kept in short individual stories.