Ravenshoe, Mt Garnet & Innot Hot Springs
Heritage Steam Train | Millstream Falls | Wind Farm
- Capella Locomotive
- Millstream Falls
- Hot Mineral Springs
- Nganyaji Cultural Museum
Surrounded by natural wonders like Millstream Falls and Lake Koombooloomba, the locals here live a lifestyle to be envied, and celebrate it every year in the annual Torimba & Festival of the Forest in October.
Queensland’s highest town, Ravenshoe is 920 metres above sea level and is home to Windy Hill wind farm which generates enough electricity to supply approximately 3,500 homes. Created on the extinct Windy Hill volcano in 2000 and its 20 wind turbines take advantage of the consistent winds on the volcano’s slopes.
The Ravenshoe Visitor Centre at 24 Moore Street provides tourist information and has excellent displays on the rainforest, timber-milling, dairy farming and WWII military presence in the area, plus a section on bats and a noctarium which simulates night spotting of local native animals. The Centre is also the home of the Nganyaji Interpretive Centre which showcases the culture and lifestyle of the region’s Jirrbal people whose language is the world’s oldest spoken language. On Sundays the historic steam train “Capella” runs to Tumoulin, Queensland’s highest railway station.
Ravenshoe is the highest point in the Misty Mountains walking tracks network, and is a great location for wildlife watching, particularly for platypus, 12 species of possums and 340 bird species and of course, Lumholtz’s Tree- Kangaroo, one of 14 species of kangaroo to be found in the area.
During its heyday, tons upon tons of copper, silver and lead were extracted from Mt Garnet, the town named from a large garnet lode discovered during copper mining. If you’d like to experience real Australian bush style hospitality, turn up at Mt Garnet on the the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June for the town’s races and rodeo – as a community event this rates as one of the top in the country. From Mt Garnet you have easy access to Blencoe Falls and the Valley of Lagoons.
Innot Hot Springs
In an often quoted local export story, the hot water which bubbled out of Nettle Creek at up to 75 degrees Celsius was bottled and shipped to Europe as a health treatment over 100 years ago. Today, visitors take the waters at the Innot Hot Springs Leisure & Health Park which has six public pools, or, simply dig your own hole in the river sand of the creek bed! Innot Hot Springs is a great base for gem fossicking, fishing and bird-watching.