Mysterious girl on repeat
Thursday 14th September 2017
Today we headed to the Atherton Tablelands and went waterfall spotting.
We were picked up at 7am by the most cheerful bus driver I have ever met! His name was Jim and he honestly made the trip. Jim is the king of dad jokes and has the best timed music playlist I have ever heard, from waterfalls by TLC as the waterfall came into view to blasting the YMCA on the way home.
We went to 8 different spots throughout the day, the first being about an hour and half north of Cairns but the journey didn’t feel bad at all because Jim had so many facts about the rain forest and the views kept you occupied.
Stop number 1: Babinda Boulders.
Filled with aboriginal history of a tragic love story which you can read about here
Stop number 2: Josephine Falls.
The first swim stop of the day was the beautiful Josephine Falls which has a natural water slide which was amazing, it was so fun! You have to be careful though because the rocks are so slippery! I slipped and fell down the rocks more times than I like to admit but so did everyone so I wasn’t alone, and Jim was always on hand to help you back up! Just another reason Jim was so good he was the first in the water and last out! He took some fab pictures for us all. The water was so clear, with little to no current and it was so refreshing to jump into after being in the heat, a welcome break after being in the salty sea!
Stop number 3: Millaa Millaa Falls
Que the music. Yes you heard correct, this is the scene of the iconic Peter Andre music video for Mysterious girl. It’s famous for a few other adverts such as herbal essence shampoo hair flips and and an advert for Quantas, but who cares when you can transport back to the nineties and pretend you are shooting your own version of the song? Of course Jim was an expert at getting the perfect shot for all our Instagram needs, I will say that the longer the hair, the better.
Stop number 4: Malanda Pub
Time for lunch! Here we stopped at the Malinda pub that is over 100 years old and is like an old tavern for some pub grub which was well needed after a morning of adventure! The pub had some great trinkets and posters on the wall showing it’s history.
Stop number 5: Mount Hypipamee
This was a nice bush walk up to an 85 metre deep volcanic crater. It was a really nice walk but I’m not going to lie, I was on edge thinking about what was hiding in the trees and bushes!
Stop number 6: Curtain Fig Tree
This was a really interesting looking tree and that has 15 metre high tree roots that have engrossed another tree.
Stop number 7: Platypus Viewing
Just before the last stop we went to a little creek to go and look for some platypus. Unfortunately we didn’t see any but Jim did say it was mating season so I think they were a little busy!
Stop number 8: Lake Eacham
The final stop was the breathtaking Lake Eacham. This dormant volcanic crater is filled with turtles and supposedly a crocodile! The water is a warm 23 degrees day and night and it was so lovely to sit and watch the sunset to end a fantastic day.
Overall the waterfall wanderers trip was honesty so worth it. We were dropped of by Jim at about 6pm after having a good old sing a long on the journey home! Not only did we stop at 8 different viewing spots we were well fed andal kept entertained in between stops not just by Jim but the stunning views of the Atherton Tablelands, I would 100% recommend.
Next stop Magnetic Island…
P.S. Shout out to Jess and Alex for sticking by me when I wasn’t feeling my inner wanderer and was struggling with the bugs and stuff. I am and will always be a big city girl at heart.