RAVENSHOE, INNOT HOT SPRINGS & MT GARNET
RAVENSHOE Queensland’s highest town, Ravenshoe is 920m above sea level and is home to Windy Hill wind farm, which generates enough electricity to supply approximately 3500 homes. Surrounded by natural wonders like Millstream Falls and Lake Koombooloomba, the locals here live a lifestyle to be envied and celebrate it every year during the annual Torimba Festival and Festival of the Forest in October.
The Ravenshoe Visitor Centre at 24 Moore Street provides first-class information and has excellent displays on the rainforest, timber-milling, dairy farming and the World War II military presence in the area. It also incorporates the Nganyaji Interpretive Centre and Ravenshoe Heritage Gallery.
The pretty town of Malanda is situated in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands’ rainforest region. It is great for bird watching, bushwalking and taking a cooling dip in the falls. As well as being the centre of a highly successful dairy industry, the village has many resident artists. Their work can be viewed on an art trail showcasing a series of vibrant mosaics depicting the town’s history. The area’s traditional owners are the Ngadgon-ji people. Informative and highly personalised guided rainforests walks are available on weekends or by appointment at a small cost. Centre volunteers provide local information so make sure you ask about the guided rainforest walks through the Conservation Park, which are moderate, enjoyable trails. In the rainforest surrounding Malanda there have been more recorded daytime sightings of the rare Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo than elsewhere. It is common to see platypus, turtles and lizards as well. Two self-guided walking trails, the Tulip Oak Walk and the Rainforest Walk weave through the forest or along the banks of the North Johnstone River. Each walk takes approximately 30 minutes to enjoy and begins near the visitor information centre. The beautiful Malanda Falls is a must-see stopover with year round swimming and picnicking. Not far from Malanda is Bromfield Swamp, an extinct volcanic crater. Hundreds of Sarus Cranes and Brolgas roost here each winter. It is a stopping point for bird enthusiasts hoping to see the enchanting dancing displays of these birds.
ATTRACTIONS Take a break at the
historic Malanda Hotel and step inside for a cool ale. The Malanda Dairy Centre in the main street features an innovative retro milk bar restaurant. Nearby Tarzali has a terrific attraction in the Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre. Here you can buy the freshest fish possible. The park and its natural surroundings are a place for families and groups wanting to participate in activities such as platypus tours, fishing, nocturnal tours and camping.
Today’s visitors have a range of accommodation options including The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary.
INNOT HOT SPRINGS In an often quoted local export story, the hot water bubbling 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 to the waters at the Innot Hot Springs Leisure & Health Park, which has six public pools. Innot Hot Springs is also a great base for gem fossicking, fishing and bird watching. MT GARNET During its heyday, large
deposits of copper, silver, tin and lead were extracted from Mt Garnet, the town named from a large garnet lode discovered during copper mining. If you would like to experience real Australian bush style hospitality, turn up at Mt Garnet on the first weekend of May for the town’s races and rodeo – as a community event this rates as one of the top in the country.
ACTIVITIES The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre is a great place to start. Allow time to browse the fascinating displays and learn about this unique tropical region, its natural history and its people.
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