Tuesday, 7 August 2007


We arrived in Atherton on Friday from Undara. On the way we drove through Ravenshoe and saw the wind farm. The wind powered generators are huge but silent even as they are rotating.
We then drove on to Atherton to a caravan park with a very pretty outlook onto bush. We were actually on a camping site rather than a van site so therefore were located down the bottom of the park which was lucky as the camping sites are larger, all grass and very private. We even had a resident brush wallaby family. There is one male and four females in the group. The male lives on his own and meets with the ladies occasionally. He popped in for a visit and seemed unpurturbed by our attention.
On Saturday we drove down to Millaa Millaa and visited three falls which were all spectacular, one has change rooms to allow for swimming. It would need to be a very warm day – the water is very cold. We also visited a biodynamic dairy and felt compelled to sample some of the produce purely from a research point of view. We thoroughly enjoyed a piece of orange and chocolate cheesecake and can vouch for the taste and flavour - 12 out of 10! I actually gave the cheesecake 10 out of 10 because I don’t see how you can give more than that, but Ian amended it!
On Sunday we found a market and also a coffee mill which has the most superb range of coffees and also chocolates. We only had coffee and felt very proud of ourselves because we were sorely tempted.
On Monday we went to Yungaburra and Milanda and toured a Dairy Farmers dairy and museum which was really interesting. We learnt a lot about the pioneering families and also the impact the visiting Australian and American troops had on the area during WW2. In Milanda they have a series of mosaics which are really clever and detail the history of the area and the wildlife. The seat was one to admire not to sit in! As the afternoon progressed we meandered back to Atherton and surprise surprise found ourselves in Millaa Millaa again and needing to buy some milk decided to visit the organic dairy again. It seemed unfair to only purchase milk so we had a piece of the cheesecake again (between us of course!)
We really enjoyed the lush green rolling hills and waterfalls. Now back to the coast and the Daintree.

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