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Monday, October 10, 2016

Road Trip to Cairns....and a Little Beyond. Part V, 21st-22nd August.







We have booked into the Malanda Caravan Park for 2 nights.
We spend the Wednesday doing the rounds of the local tourist spots i.e. local Rainforest Walk, Lake Eacham, Curtain and Cathedral Fig Trees, a lookout, Hasties Swamp and a drive to the old tableland's town of Herberton.That night I went back to the rainforest for a night walk.
Thursday we head off south east to drive to Mission Beach on the coast. 




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Our accommodation at the Malanda Caravan Park.

Now, if we take that road......... Working out what to see.

There was a a small array of farm animals on site.

The heritage listed Malanda hotel was built in 1911, and it is
claimed to be the largest single timber structure in Queensland.

A Nissen hut is a prefabricated steel structure, made from a half-cylindrical
skin of corrugated steel. Originally designed during World War I by engineer
 and inventor Major Peter Norman Nissen, it was used extensively during
World War II.  These huts still find a use in the Atherton tablelands area.

Majestic Theatre was built by the English family in 1928/29 , it was constructed
out of local hardwood timber, milled next door, and is held together by
over 250,000 nails. The Majestic played a huge roll in entertaining troops
during WORLD WAR 2.
The Majestic Theatre is said to be the oldest continually-operating cinema in Australia.

Seres Motors.
 The building is a good representative example of small-town automotive outlet
and mechanics shop (from the 1940's and 50's) , with classic bowser outside
 on the kerb and typical work and storage space on the interior.

When petrol was just petrol.

30c per gallon, I should have filled up here.  
 OK children, how much a litre?

Street statue outside the Eacham Library, Malanda.

Street statue outside the Malanda Dairy Centre, Malanda.

Malanda Falls, Malanda.
 I walked back to the caravan park over that bridge in pitch darkness after my night time stroll in the rainforest.

Malanda Falls Rainforest Walk.

"Bloody mosquitoes".

A friendly Saw-shelled Turtle checks us out.

Like a beacon in the rainforest.

We didn't see as many fungi as we hoped.


Lake Eacham in the Crater Lakes National Park.

Swimming in Lake Eacham.

A view of Lake Eacham through a window along the Lake Walk.

The track passes through the massive roots of a Strangler Fig Tree.

We saw this little Musky Rat-Kangaroo on the walk.     This is the smallest of all kangaroos and is is one of Australia’s two strictly daytime active marsupials.

Curtain Fig Tree

Curtain Fig Tree

Curtain Fig Tree


Our visit to Curtain Fig Tree in 1989.




Cathedral Fig Tree

Cathedral Fig Tree

Cathedral Fig Tree

Cathedral Fig Tree, with the 3 boys in 1989.


Cathedral Fig Tree, with the 3 boys in 1989.

Queensland's highest mountain (1,622 metres  /  5,322 ft)  Mount Bartle Frere, from Lamins Hill.

The Seven Sisters from Lamins Hill.

A multitude of Plumed Whistling-Ducks at Hasties Swamp   (some 30,000 of them).

Herberton Shire Council Offices.

HERBERTON SCHOOL OF ARTS BUILDING.    
The Oldest Public Building on the Tablelands.      It was officially
opened on the 9th November 1881, the (then) Prince of Wales Birthday.
 (insert: Opening of the railway ceremony 1910.)

Herberton mural.

Royal Hotel, established in 1880, Herberton.

Herberton, main street.

Herberton, main street.

Ladies in the window of the Spy & Camera Museum, Herberton.

Street art in Herberton

A Nissen hut is a prefabricated steel structure, made from a half-cylindrical
skin of corrugated steel. Originally designed during World War I by
engineer and inventor Major Peter Norman Nissen, it was used
extensively during World War II.
(insert: The sign was on the next corner, these military base signs are all through this
area where Word War II camps use to be situated.)

The same hut (?) 1989.

Shortcut back to the cabin.

Evening sky, Malanda.

Evening sky, Malanda.

Evening sky, Malanda.

Bloomfield Crater where the Brolgas were.

Blue Loo


Spotlight walk.


Common Brushtail Possum (Tropical Queensland form).


Spirobolid millipede.

White-tailed Rat (native).


Heading for the coast.

A Nissen hut used as the Merriland Hall in the Atherton Showgrounds

The Mount Hypipamee Crater.  The crater is a volcanic pipe formed by a
massive explosion of subterranean gas and the lake is about 82 meters deep.

They have funny Kangaroos up here.    
'SLOW DOWN'
 (Cassowary sign)

The 'new' birdwatchers cabin at Wondecla.

The 'new' birdwatchers cabin at Wondecla.

Millaa Millaa Lookout on the East Evelyn Road.

Millaa Millaa Lookout.

Millaa Millaa Lookout, on my 1968 visit.

Millaa Millaa Lookout

Millaa Millaa Lookout.

Millaa Millaa Falls.

Zillie Falls.

The top of Zillie Falls on Theresa Creek.

Ellinjaa Falls.

Ellinjaa Falls, 1989.



Some of the birds.


(clockwise from top left)    Magpie Goose (with Plumed Whistling-Ducks),  
 Grey Goshawk,   Wedge-tailed Eagle,   Brush-turkey  (no, not injured, just sun bathing),
  Pale Yellow Robin.

(clockwise from top left)   Grey Fantail,    Pied Monarch,   Fan-tailed Cuckoo,
  Grey-headed Robin,   Great Crested Grebe.





Cameras:  Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Sony DSC-W690.