Updated: Jul 7, 2021
On the Atherton Tableland with a day to spare, head out Millaa Millaa way.
It is the centre for many scenic destinations. Drive up the main street. Notice the cafes, great coffee and food. Take a photo of the statue of an early prospector/explorer Christie Palmerston with his Aboriginal guide Pompo. In 1882 Christie, Pompo and four other Aboriginals walked from Mourilyan Harbour, near Innisfail, up the range and on to Herberton. It took 12 days. Awesome, these were tough men. Now you know where the name of the Palmerston Highway came from.
A short distance out of town is the Waterfalls Circuit – Millaa Millaa, Zillie and Elinjaa. After a swim in the Millaa Millaa Falls and on your way back drop in to the Falls Teahouse, another great spot for coffee and food. Duck up to the Millaa Millaa Lookout for a panoramic view from Atherton to Innisfail with Mount Bartle Frere majestically standing in the centre.
Still have plenty of energy? Take a short drive to the Mount Hypipamee Crater an awesome spot to learn about. On the walk back to the car park take the Dinner Falls path. (A bit of trivia, the source of the Barron River is in this general vicinity.)
Drive back to Atherton via Herberton. I don’t think you will have the energy or time but you will know where the Herberton Historical Village is for next time.
If this is a bit too much for you to navigate call Yungaburra Tours 0476 758 158.