Mount Hypipamee National Park, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland

 

Mount Hypipamee National Park, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Mount Hypipamee National Park, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Mount Hypipamee National Park is located south east of the small township of Herberton.

Mount Hypipamee Crater at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Mount Hypipamee Crater at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

The National Park is named after a huge crater, that was first discovered in 1879. An exploration party almost fell in to this deep hole in the ground. Mount Hypipamee Crater is 62 meters in diameter and 82 meters deep. The name Hypipamee is a corruption of the Aboriginal word, nabbanabbamee, which is connected with a legend of two young men who cut down a sacred candlenut tree, only to be swallowed up by a large hole in the earth, the crater. As interesting as the crater was, photo opportunities are limited and there was more to discover.

Dinner Falls in sepia, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Dinner Falls in sepia, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

An alternative hiking trail follows the Upper Barron River upstream back to the carpark. Along this waterway are countless cascades and chutes in various sizes and shapes. Dinner Falls are the best known waterfalls within this National Park.

Dinner Falls sautés in black and white, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Dinner Falls sautés in black and white, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

The river divides in three almost equal shares before the drop off.

8 meter drop off Dinner Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

8 meter drop off Dinner Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

The water cascades roughly 8 meters into a vast pool of water.

Cascade reflections at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Cascade reflections at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Nicely seen are the reflections of the waterfall on this waterhole.

Colourful natural display at Dinner Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Colourful natural display at Dinner Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

On yet another sunny day, the surrounding forest shone brightly in green colours under a blue sky.

Mabi forest around Dinner Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Mabi forest around Dinner Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

The mabi tree forest surrounds the waterfall where it can.

Dry pocket of mabi forest, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Dry pocket of mabi forest, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

This pocket appears to be to dry for ferns and moss to grow. 

Photogenic chutes at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Photogenic chutes at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Not much further upstream is the next photogenic highlight.

Natural bottleneck at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Natural bottleneck at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

The river flows through a narrow bottleneck on a knifes edge.

Knive’s Edge at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Knive’s Edge at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

The water sprays over the even triangular rock formation like a curtain. I haven’t seen a waterfall like this before, which makes it even more spectacular.

First signs of a torrent nature, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

First signs of a torrent nature, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

The Barron River is Atherton Tablelands’ wildest and most destructive river. It starts its journey here at Mount Hypipamee National Park and winds its way through the highlands before it drops off the escarpment just north of Cairns.

Magnificent views, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Magnificent views, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Even though the creek isn’t flowing in full strength at the time of my visit, the washed-out rocks flanking the stream are smoothly polished.

Moss covered giant boulders at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Moss covered giant boulders at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Only gigantic boulders withhold the sheer force of flash floods. 

Upper Barron River springs, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Upper Barron River springs, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

A short stroll further upstream, the Upper Barron River widens considerably. This is part of the Barron River Catchment.

Cascades all around, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Cascades all around, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Large granite rocks divert the stream over smaller cascades.

Magnificent view, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Magnificent view, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Originally from volcanic activity, the iron content of these boulders shine brightly in the sun.

Slow shutter speed playground, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Slow shutter speed playground, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Rapids form underneath the cascades which puts the slow shutter in to action. Seemingly water curtains appear all around the stream, which look fabulous on the picture frame.

A bonanza of colours and movement at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

A bonanza of colours and movement at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Algae shimmers through the glass-clear waters, which compliments moss and ferns holding on to slippery rocks.

Picturesque cascades, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Picturesque cascades, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

These are the small details, that make the big difference in any photo. I just like to spend some time in places like these.

Visual presentation, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Visual presentation, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Sitting in this forest of green ferns, trees and moss along a diverse natural waterfall display is just eye candy.

Peace of mind, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Peace of mind, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

The constant cascading sound mixed in with chirping bird songs near and far gives me an incredible sense of solidarity and peace of mind. 

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