NATIVE WILDLIFE & STUNNING LANDSCAPES
Playful platypus, dancing Brolgas and cute tree kangaroos are just some of the unique Australian wildlife you can encounter in the region. Viewing and studying wildlife is made possible by a network of National Parks, bushwalks, wildlife spotting tours and the knowledgeable interest of so many local people. The Bat Hospital in Atherton is internationally known and has a visitor centre where you can see and learn more about microbats and flying foxes. You can also see wildlife at excellent attractions such as Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. If you look very hard, you may spot a Lumholtz’s or Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo up high in the branches or platypus in freshwater lagoons.
STUNNING LANDSCAPES Take a
refreshing swim in an ancient crater lake, marvel at trees more than one thousand years old, stand in the world’s longest lava flow, see fairytale limestone caves and steep yourself in fascinating cultural history. Mother nature really is something to marvel at and this region is home to some of her best. Here are just a few to explore. Referred to as a volcanic pipe, the Mt Hypipamee Crater was formed after a large gas explosion below the surface spread volcanic bombs across the landscape millions of years ago. It is 61 metres wide and 85 metres deep from the water surface. There is a viewing platform that allows you to view this natural wonder up close. Chillagoe’s limestone caves are the relics of an underwater coral reef, while the Undara Lava Tubes were formed from the world’s longest continuous lava flow from a single volcano. The Atherton Tablelands boasts some of the most stunning waterfalls and natural lakes, including Millaa Millaa Falls and its spectacular 18-metre drop, which never disappoints, while Lake Eacham offers the perfect place for a refreshing dip and Lake Barrine, with its twin 1000-year-old Kauri pines, is perfect for wildlife spotting. Near Yungaburra, the spectacular Curtain Fig Tree has aerial roots, which drop 15 metres to the ground, and is a sight not to be missed. Attractions such as Birdworld and Koala Gardens offer a chance to get up close with some of the region’s most iconic species.
WORLD HERITAGE STATUS The
outstanding natural values of Australia’s Tropical Rainforests were recognised in 1988 when the Wet Tropics of Queensland was inscribed on the World Heritage List. You can learn more about World Heritage listed places from regional visitor centres, or look for the green tree frog logo as you explore the area.
WILDLIFE & LANDSCAPE HIGHLIGHTS
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Crater Lakes Mt Hypipamee Crater Chillagoe Caves Cathedral Fig Tree
BIRDING Birdwatching on the Atherton
Tablelands attracts global attention due to the diverse avifauna and variety of local habitats, including riverine, wetland, woodland, rainforest, grassland, agricultural and parkland. Top birdwatching spots include the dryer regions of Mt Molloy and Kaban, Nyleta Bird Hide (Hasties Swamp), Nardello’s Lagoon, Bromfield Swamp, Abattoir Swamp, the National Parks of Mt Hypipamee, Crater Lakes, Davies Creek, Barron Falls, Mt Lewis, Mareeba Wetlands and the Wongabel State Forest. October to April may be the region’s hotter and wetter months, but it is also the time when the migrant species arrive from Papua New Guinea, including the beautiful Buffbreasted Paradise Kingfisher, Channel-billed Cuckoo and Common Koel. Many birds such as the White-eared Monarch and Noisy Pitta are also breeding at this time of year and are easier to observe as they search for food. During the cooler, drier, winter months from May to September, Victoria’s Riflebirds are also displaying. At this time, Brolgas and Sarus Cranes can also be found on the Atherton Tablelands feeding on the harvested agricultural fields.
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