Leaving Undara Volcanic National Park, our next
stop was Atherton, where the Prado was booked in for its 40,000 service
before we headed up to the Palmer River Goldfields and Cooktown.
What a contrast...the Tablelands are certainly
cooler and more temperate than the savannah landscape we had recently
On our first morning in the Tablelands we woke
to mist over the surrounding hills and light rain...and figured it was
day to motor down to Cairns, on the coast,
a hundred or so kilometres away, for a bit of shopping (Rod's favourite
On our way, we stopped half way down the Kuranda
Range to take in the view of the coast. It was well worth the stop...timely
too, as motion sickness was starting to set in.
Yes, Rod is a good driver...sometimes!
The next day we did some sightseeing on the Tablelands...still
overcast and cool...but pleasant for galloping about the sights.
First stop was Lake Eacham, located about 21 km
away from Atherton in the Crater Lakes National Park.
Surrounded by wet tropics rainforest, Lake Eacham
is a clear blue lake, circular in shape with a diameter of approximately
3km. In geological terms, it's called a maar - a volcanic crater formed
by a massive explosion resulting from the superheating of groundwater.
It's a popular spot for picnics, bushwalking and
birdwatching...who needs a beach, when there's over 180 different species
of birds to see here! (sic Rod)
A popular swimming spot - the clear turquoise waters
look so inviting....but not for these bunnies at the moment...we'll wait
'til it's a bit warmer thanks!