Little Millstream Falls are locally known as the ‘little sister’ of Big Millstream Falls. Technically speaking, there are three little sisters combined in to a fascinating combination of cascades. None of them have the width of the bigger brother upstream, yet they are just as impressive.
The cascades can be viewed from different angles and the adventurous ones can climb over rocks to get a backstage view on these falls. And that’s exactly what I did.
Smaller cascades and immense boulders divert Millstream Creek just before the drop-off zone.
The combination of granite rock, wild waters and flood water resisting trees and scrubs is striking.
Static rock pools were carved out over time and add a red and green algae colour spectrum.
These stay dormant until the next flood waters in summer. Nature’s will to conquer and resist other natural forces keeps me wondering from time to time.
This well grown tree somehow planted itself on volcanic granite and grew big and strong despite immense flood water pressure.
It’s roots are literally nailed on to sheer rock, clinging on to crevasses exposed by water. The trunk grew wide and flat to reduce physical friction. How on earth does that work?
Throwing his branches in the air as if he doesn’t know either, which then reflect on running waters. Simply astounding. The tree sure looks like it’s holding on on for a few more wet seasons to come.
The angle from up here towards the main falls is just wide enough to get all waterfalls in to one photo. This was an excellent opportunity to play with my camera.
Zooming in or just using various camera settings.
I do like this black and white version. These falls look impressive in the dry season already. Imagine watching these falls in the wet season.
Zooming in, one of the chutes appears to have a head sticking out, ready to come out. Being able to hop from boulder to boulder, carefully, or wade through icy cold waters to get to a different camera vantage point. Add a clear blue sky. Well, you get the picture.
One can hear the thunderous waters free falling into the bottom pool whilst laying in the sun without a care in the world. And the world I think of.
A track leads to the lake on the bottom of the falls for a refreshing dip.
Skinny dipping is also possible most times as not many people visit these falls. Another added bonus.
But the green fauna growing around this lake in low setting sunlight looks spectacular.
Just as much as the track leading back to the car park. A stunning eucalyptus forest in green versus the sky blue on the horizon.
This eucalyptus forest expands throughout Millstream Gorge and surrounding areas.
A few flowers can be seen on this vine. Simply divine.