Julatten, Mount Molloy & Mt Carbine
MOUNT MOLLOY Further along the Mulligan Highway, 30 minutes from Mareeba, is the historic mining and timber town of Mount Molloy. It is named after Patrick Molloy who, while searching for stray bullocks, found the copper outcrop, which put the town on the map in the 1890s.
Today, this small town with a population of around 300, is much more humble with a bakery, general store and petrol station. Its main industry is cattle grazing, however tourism is steadily growing as visitors discover the beauty, wildlife and history of this area and its surrounding towns of Julatten and Mt Carbine.
JULATTEN Tucked away in the rainforest just to the west of the popular coastal town of Port Douglas and just 10 minutes from its neighbour Mount Molloy is Julatten. This small town attracts thousands of birders each year on the lookout for species that include Spectacled Monarchs, Pale-Yellow Robins, Lesser Sooty Owl, Red-Necked Crakes, Pied Monarch, Yellow-Breasted Boatbill and OrangeFooted Scrubfowl. In summer, the spectacular Buff-Breasted Paradise Kingfisher is another highlight. NATURAL SITES Not far from all three towns is the imposing pyramidshaped Black Mountain within the Mowbray National Park. This National Park is popular among birdwatchers, with cassowaries known to inhabit the rainforest in this area. The park is also popular among bushwalkers, bikers and horse rides, featuring a few trails.
Nearby the Mount Lewis Forest Reserve can also be found and is home to some of the most accessible and scenic upland rainforest in the area. It is known as a good spot
for birdwatching, where Golden Bowerbirds, Noisy Pittas, Blue-Faced Parrot Finches and Chowchillas can be seen.
MT CARBINE This is another historic
town dating back to the 1890s when Wolframite was discovered on Carbine Hill. Mt Carbine Caravan Park is ideally located for the traveller wishing to explore the Palmer River Gold Fields, Lakeland Downs with its vast cropping areas, the Annan Gorge, the Black Mountain National Park, the Mt Mulligan Coal field, the beautiful Daintree Rainforest and historic Cooktown.
HISTORIC SITES Located at the
south-east corner of the Mount Molloy cemetery near the mature grevillea tree is the resting place of James (Venture) Mulligan. A very condensed but beautiful biography of his life can be read on his tombstone. Visitors can also visit the old steam engine that was used to supply the power to the local sawmill, which is located at the southern entrance to Mount Molloy.