Little Millstream Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Three Little Sisters at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Three Little Sisters at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

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.

Different viewing angles t Atherton Tablelands, Far North  Queensland

Different viewing angles t Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland

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.

Creek diversions, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Creek diversions, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Smaller cascades and immense boulders divert Millstream Creek just before the drop-off zone.

Wild Combination at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland

Wild Combination at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland

The combination of granite rock, wild waters and flood water resisting trees and scrubs is striking.

static and running waters at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

static and running waters at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Static rock pools were carved out over time and add a red and green algae colour spectrum.

Calm and wild, Atherton Tablelands. Far North Queensland, Australia

Calm and wild, Atherton Tablelands. Far North Queensland, Australia

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.

No room for error, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

No room for error, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

This well grown tree somehow planted itself on volcanic granite and grew big and strong despite immense flood water pressure.

Nailed on granite, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Nailed on granite, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

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?

No one knows, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

No one knows, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

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.

Just enough angle for all cascades, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Just enough angle for all cascades, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

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.

Dramatic waters in dramatic tone, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Dramatic waters in dramatic tone, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Zooming in or just using various camera settings.

Dramatic waters in black and white, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Dramatic waters in black and white, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

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.

Coming out of the cave, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Coming out of the cave, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

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.

Thunderous sounds at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Thunderous sounds at Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

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. 

View from the Bottom Pool, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

View from the Bottom Pool, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

A track leads to the lake on the bottom of the falls for a refreshing dip.

Worth a skinny dip, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Worth a skinny dip, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Skinny dipping is also possible most times as not many people visit these falls. Another added bonus.

Golden colours with setting sun, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Golden colours with setting sun, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

But the green fauna growing around this lake in low setting sunlight looks spectacular.

Rich in colours, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Rich in colours, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

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.

Eucalyptus Forest Overview, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Eucalyptus Forest Overview, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

This eucalyptus forest expands throughout Millstream Gorge and surrounding areas.

Blooming Vines, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Blooming Vines, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

A few flowers can be seen on this vine. Simply divine. 

Eucalyptus at the carpark, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Eucalyptus at the carpark, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

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