Channel your inner geologist to form your own theory on how the Mobo Creek Crater was made. It’s perplexed scientists for eons. There’s a (moderate) 630m circuit track of the crater through upland rainforest to do your thinking on. And quiet visitors may be rewarded with a platypus sighting.
Mobo Creek Crater – image @myheroshots
Get wet and active on the waters of Lake Tinaroo—go swimming, paddling, skiing, fishing, red clawing or boating. It covers 3500ha so there’s lots of room for everybody. BTW you will need a permit to go fishing.
Relax in a waterside camp site that ticks all your camping boxes. There are six camping sites round Lake Tinaroo and all but Curri Curri have vehicular access and shower cubicles. You will also need a permit to go camping.
Or enjoy all the creature comforts at Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park. They have waterview villas to budget accommodation and camping sites to choose from. They also hire out motor boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, pedal karts and mountain bikes, making for the perfect Tinaroo Stay.
Lake Tinaroo – image by @flikk9
For a little luxury, Tinaroo Lake Resort should do the trick. A favourite spot for weddings and special events, this stunning resort has one, two and three bedroom self-contained apartments to choose from, all with magnificent lake views.
Be serenaded by the dawn chorus at the Cathedral Fig Tree. You will be awed anytime but the first bird song of the day is especially memorable. This 500-year-old strangler fig is easily accessible and worth setting the alarm for.
Cathedral Fig Tree – image by @_chelseacavo_
Take a walk – there are loads to choose from. For those who want a strenuous trek, the Jungaljungal walk will get you into World Heritage-listed rainforests along old forestry roads. This sometimes-steep walk is 8.2km return and you should allow 3.5hrs walking time. At the other end of the scale, take a jaunt around Lake Euramoo. Wind through the shadowy forest on the circuit track and snatch occasional lake glimpses through the trees. The half a kilometre should take 10mins.
Get some perspective! – Visit Platypus Rock for a unique view of the pine plantation and forest canopy. These huge granite boulders are not far from the Tinaroo Dam wall. And take the family dog – they are allowed on a leash.
***Material sourced from the Atherton Journey Guide
Written by Tanya Snelling. Originally published 29th July 2018