Waterfalls in the Tablelands

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West of Innisfail in the Atherton Tablelands is an area with several waterfalls.   We were able to drive the Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit one sunny afternoon.  It’s a sealed road all the way and takes a few hours or a longer day if you are coming from Cairns.  We weren’t the only ones out that day, we met some of the same people at each waterfall as we made our way around. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? At each waterfall there is a short walk to view the falls. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? The first we visited were the Ellinjaa Falls. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? Nearby were some wild banana trees.  After seeing so many banana plantations we were surprised to see some all by their lonesome. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? See the green bananas? Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? I’ll never get tired of seeing strangling figs.  Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? I think this one is Zillie Falls.  We chose not to walk to the end of the trail on this one.  We got a pretty good view anyway. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? You just can’t do every hike with kids! Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? Stop number three was the Millaa Millaa Falls.  A popular stop since it included a waterhole you could swim in. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? The kids got to climb behind the waterfall, something that makes this waterhole special. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes?Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? The water was cold!  People are always saying kids don’t feel the cold, but they certainly did this day. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes?Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? The waterhole was quickly overrun with a tour group.  Quite entertaining watching them step into the water and dunk their heads to make it look like they’d gotten in all the way.  The tour guide took pictures of them all, directing the girls to flip their hair as he snapped away.  I prefer my picture of my boy braving the freezing cold water. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? I think this one is Pepina Falls.  Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? It was a short walk to the bottom of the falls, but only SkeeterBug and I walked down.  Really, you can only take so many waterfalls in one day. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? Plenty of gorgeous things to look at in rainforest country, even mossy tree stumps can be beautiful. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? One more!  The Mungalli Falls were located at a restaurant.  You could see the top from the carpark and then had to walk through the restaurant to get to the rest of the falls. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? Sometimes I really want to tell my kids to just quit growing up.  Quit looking so big!  Stay little, just for one more day.  LadyBug is looking so big these days. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? The Mungalli Falls were another one where we didn’t walk to the bottom. Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? We just gazed from the balcony!  Waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands | How Many More Minutes? Looking forward to many more waterfalls and waterholes as we journey around Australia!

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