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Atherton Tablelands
from Cairns - 2 days

Itinerary & Photos (Page 1 of 5)

Day 1

Daintree Tagestour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
As we have a long eventful day ahead of us, we will pick you up from your accommodation place already at 7 am

 

 

Guide mit Gästen am Zuckerrohrfeld

 

 

 

 

 


South of Cairns we pass vast plantations of sugar cane along Highway No 1 towards Gordonvale.

 

Walsh Pyramid

 

 

 

 

 

 
At the 922 m high Walsh Pyramid we turn off towards the Atherton Tableland.

 

Steilstufe am Gillies Highway

 

 

 

 

 

After a few minutes we reach the foot of escarpment, which posed a natural barrier for traffic between the coast and the Atherton Tablelands for five decades.

 

Gillies Highway

 

 

 

 

 
In 1926, a single lane toll road was opened, which climbed 700 meters of altitude on 20 km length and via 611 bends. Today, Gillies Highway still features 262 bends.  

 

Blick in Mulgrave Valley mit Nebel 

 

 

 

 

 
En route, there are picturesque views into Mulgrave Valley.

 

Palmfarne

 

 

 

 
Ancient, for many millions of years unchanged Cycads on the slopes along the highway are a reminder of Australia’s richness in living flora, which, in other parts of the world, is preserved as fossils only.

 

Blick vom Heale’s Outlook

 

 

 

 
Arriving at Heale’s Lookout in 604 meters altitude we notice that the air is already significantly cooler than on the coast. We enjoy last views over the Mulgrave Valley and towards Gordonvale.

 

Straße mit Regenwald

 

 

 

 

 

Abruptly, there is a change from open eucalypt bush to dense rainforest with its typical vines and tree ferns.

 

Passhöhe, Gillies Highway

 

 

 

 

 

On top of the pass the Atherton Tablelands welcome us with green pastures and rolling hills.

 

Anfahrt Cathedral Figtree

 

 

 

 

 
From the highway we turn off towards the Cathedral Fig Tree.

 

Guide erklaert Regenwald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the short walk to the Cathedral Fig Tree your guide explains the typical features of upland rainforest.

 

Cathedral Figtree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Like a pillar of a cathedral this 500 year old giant of a tree grows towards the light.

 

 

Cathedral Figtree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The network of fused roots tempts for a climb.

 

 

Lake Barrine - Ansicht von oben

 

 

 

 

 

 
Our next stop is Lake Barrine, a 65 m deep volcanic crater lake.

 

Frühstück im Lake Barrine Teahouse

 

 

 

 

 

On the verandah of the teahouse we enjoy panoramic views of the lake whilst having coffee or tea and freshly baked scones.

 

 Kauri-Kiefer  Kauri-Kiefer

Only a short distance from the teahouse we marvel at two of the few still remaining gigantic Kauri Pines on the Tableland.

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