Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

 

Diverse traverse at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Diverse traverse at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

The diversity of the Atherton Tablelands is nothing short of being astounding. The thick rainforest around Kuranda quickly dries out further inland.

Open eucalyptus forest around Emerald Creek Falls on a sunny day, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Open eucalyptus forest around Emerald Creek Falls on a sunny day, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Open eucalyptus forest mixes in with other Australian hardwood trees. This is no place for softness to withstand these extremely harsh conditions. The sun bakes the granite landscapes, which stores the heat like an oversized oven.

Imposing colours and structures at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Imposing colours and structures at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

There may not be a large floral diversity, but Emerald Creek Falls makes up with colours and imposing natural structures.

Colourful natural display, Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Colourful natural display, Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

 Emerald Creek Falls is yet another hidden jewel on the Atherton mountain range. Following a dry and dusty dirt track, east of Mareeba leads to a popular swimming spot for locals.

Hiking trail along Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Hiking trail along Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

 Following the hiking trail through eucalyptus forest gives you a splendid view over Emerald Creek and it’s waterfalls.

Bizarre structures around Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Bizarre structures around Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

The mineral paintings on this granite shute couldn’t be any more colourful. Odd growing trees add to a surreal landscape.

An adventurer’s playground at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

An adventurer’s playground at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

 The upper basin was just as mesmerising, which kept my imagination and camera preoccupied.

Stretching in all directions at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Stretching in all directions at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Fascinating tree statues emerged in all sizes and forms. Most trees grew in unique and captivating postures.

Solid foundation’s on solid ground at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Solid foundation’s on solid ground at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

How these tree roots anchor themselves on mostly granite surface keeps intriguing me.

Tentacle roots at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Tentacle roots at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Washed out tree roots glanced like tentacles along the barren ground.

Wooden sculptures at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Wooden sculptures at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Numerous trees fell victim to rushing floodwaters, adding sculptural structures to this bizarre scenario.

Natural maze at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Natural maze at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Washed up tree trunks mixed in with robust green-leaved trees made out this wooden natural maze. Live and let live.

Fresh green lifeline at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Fresh green lifeline at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

 Emerald Creek itself added a lifeline to all flora within its creek bed forest.

Multiple cascades at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Multiple cascades at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Faster flowing waters cascade over multiple granite boulders.

Long casting shadows  at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Long casting shadows at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Silhouettes from the setting sun grew bigger on boulders and running waters.

Reflecting waters at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Reflecting waters at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Some calmer pockets reflected the clear blue sky.

Submerged boulders in clear waters at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Submerged boulders in clear waters at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Submerged boulders are clearly visible in see-through greenish waters.

My favourite photo for obvious reasons at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

My favourite photo for obvious reasons at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Faster streaming waters simulated windows over immense boulders. Just marvellous. I spent a few hours exploring this fascinating creek bed with my camera and could have spent a few more.

Raw and pure at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Raw and pure at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

This raw environment really enchanted my intuition. It is obvious on how these destructive liquid forces exist in full flow, not today though.

pool with a view at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

pool with a view at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

 Emerald Creek Valley and beyond are seen from the top of Emerald Creek Falls, towards Cape York peninsula. This is a great spot for a cooling swim and to enjoy the view far ahead.

Sunset over the escarpment at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Sunset over the escarpment at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

As the setting sun cast long shadows over the ravine, it was time to return to my Landcruiser.

Reflecting in many ways at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

Reflecting in many ways at Emerald Creek Falls, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, Australia

 

Coffee was needed to reflect on this unusual creek and its surroundings.  

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