Spectacular waterfalls, rugged gorges, crater lakes, glittering limestone caves, lava tunnels, majestic mountains and rich, red basalt soil – the varied geological wonders of the region share a history of cataclysmic changes and long transformations. The story here begins about 420 million years ago when Australia was part of the ancient Gondwana super-continent. The east coast was about 150km west of the present coastline and Chillagoe, Cairns, Atherton and Townsville areas were all under the sea. About 360 million years ago, metamorphic mountain ranges were formed when sediments on the floor of an ancient ocean (the Hodgkinson Basin) were compressed by movements in the earth’s crust. Explosive events, possibly as recently as 10,000 years ago, created volcanic cones (Mt Quincan and the Seven Sisters near Yungaburra) and craters (Lakes Eacham, Barrine and Euramo). These events are remembered in the stories of local Aboriginal people. Check out the Malanda Falls Visitor Centre’s interpretive display on the cultural and natural history of the unique Atherton Tablelands volcanic region.
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Waterfalls Circuit Malanda Falls & Malanda Falls Visitor Centre Lake Eacham Lake Barrine Mt Hypipamee Crater Chillagoe Caves Bromfield Swamp Innot Hot Springs Thermal Pools Undara Lava Tubes Cobbold Gorge
GEOLOGICAL WONDERS ALONG AUSTRALIA’S ADVENTURE DRIVE
Cobbold Gorge’s dramatic sandstone escarpments offer an unforgettable vista, while the Gulf Savannah’s treasures of Riversleigh Fossil Fields, the prehistoric landscapes of Lawn Hill and the stunning Morning Glory Cloud formations of the Gulf are unmatched.
See the full Geological Wonders Trail on the Discover Atherton Tablelands App
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