If you get time before
your Cape York trip, while you are in the area, it is worth
turning in to the road west of Mareeba.
Mutchilba and Dimbulah
on what is called the Mareeba
- Dimbulah Road.
Between Mareeba and Chillagoe
it is also called the "Wheelbarrow
Way", the stretch along which the Great Wheelbarrow Race
to Kuranda If you
you will first cross the Great Dividing Range (right here it is called
Kuranda Range), pass a lookout point, the Rainforestation nature park,
the beautiful rainforest village Kuranda,
continue to Mareeba, past Speewah
on Kennedy Highway.
Mareeba is a sizeable country town up on the northern end of Atherton
Tablelands, meaning cooler climate, fertile soils and consequently
It used to have nothing much for travellers, but does
now have a great museum and a few other things to see and do.
place west is Petford
- if you turn south here, there is a side trip to Emuford,
Irvinebank and Watsonville (all the way to Herberton
Junction and Around
on the Burke Developmental Road, the next place is Lappa Junction - and
again turning south takes you to side trips - here they are even more
exciting four wheel drive tracks to Brownville, Munderra and through to
and Around The next
township west is Almaden
- a small community with another historical railway station, and the
pub - Railway Hotel.
turning south takes you to Ootann,
Lyndbrook and Mount Surprise, much the same way as the Savannahlander
Chillagoe West of
Almaden is Chillagoe - a small friendly town with some interesting
town are some
caves, the old smelters, the courthouse museum,
lookout point, the old railway station and the old Mungana township
Garnet and Mount Surprise
of the Burke Developmental Road is Kennedy Highway, and the Gulf
Savannah Developmental Road, and there are different tracks through to
Mount Garnet and Mount Surprise - both small one pub towns, and you can
also get here by
But the best thing near Mount Surprise is the Undara Lava Tubes -
an amazing geological formation - tunnels of rocks formed from a
cooling lava flow.
best visited during the Dry Season, as during the Wet there can be too
much water in them to explore.
Further west you come to Einasleigh and Forsayth. Einasleigh
is a small one-pub town with a nice black basalt gorge.
a bit bigger, it even has a post office and a small shop. Both are on a
loop side-road, which takes you to the beautiful Gobbold Gorge.
on private land so you cannot visit without taking a tour (by the way
the same applies to Undara).
But it is a
beautiful gorge where you can take
a boat tour to watch the
formations, turtles and freshwater crocodiles.
Kuranda road is a beautiful road through rainforests.
usual way Cairns visitors do Kuranda is one way with the scenic Kuranda
other way the Skyrail.
In Cairns end of the Skyrail trip is the famous Tjapukai
Aboriginal Cultural Park.
In Kuranda there are the famous markets
and wildlife parks, and the trip makes a
from Cairns. But you
can also drive, which
is a great way to experience the
Shopping Centre north of Cairns.
It soon starts climbing up the hill and the road starts winding as
it crosses the Great
There are a few good views of the surrouding country, Cairns and the
there is the Rainforestation
Nature Park with a wildlife
park section, an Aboriginal Experience and the Army Duck Rainforest
In the other end, the road descends again, but not as much as in the
Cairns end. Right before Kuranda Village is the Black
is a small community just west of Kuranda.
close enough to almost be a southern suburb of Kuranda. It has markets
and some accommodation,
.. a tavern
with a public bar, a beer garden and accommodation ...
.. and if you drive further in and continue for a while, ...
.. there is the camping
That's where you can walk some long
distance bushwalking tracks through some
beautiful tropical rainforest.
It's the Speewah-end access to Barron Gorge National Park (the other
two are in Cairns
Koah is a
tiny community of a few hundred people.
about half way between
Kuranda and Mareeba, inland from Cairns. Along the
road between Kuranda
and Mareeba is Koah
At the roadhouse, a road
towards the small community.
It is on the border between Kuranda's tropical
rainforests and Mareeba's open
There is nothing much in the few
streets, except horse carriages, ...
... but there are a few back
... and an old railway
And if you spend a little time looking around, ..
... there are some four
tracks around the tiny township.
Some quite extreme
is a tiny one-shop town.
Mareeba and east of Dimbulah
in Cairns Outback. It
is in the middle of some large mango
but the only thing you see from the the Mareeba-Dimbulah road is the
township's only roadhouse
sells groceries, drinks and
ice, and has a cafe that sells takeaway
EFPTOS facilities are also available.
is a small town west of Mareeba in Cairns Outback.
It is in
eastern end of the Burke
Developmental Road, and in the western end of the so-called
Dimbulah-Mareeba Road. The main
thing for travellers
is the Heritage
Park, with the old railway station and the museum inside it.
At the front of the railway station is a wheelbarrow statue,
area's rich gold mining history.
the road is the turnoff to Hodgkinson
is a grocery store, a pub, a bar and a restaurant, a post office, a
butchery, a fuel station, and a fast food cafe.
stay are the
pub and a caravan park.
is a tiny community just south of Cape York.
It is in
Cairns outback, west
Dimbulah and east of Almaden
that goes to Karumba and Normanton.
It is a very small community of less than 100 people.
But all you can
see from the road unless you turn in, is the cute little historical railway station. It's a
and it's been here since the days when Chillagoe
was a big mining town, and the railway was built to link it to the
the road to Emuford, Irvinebank, Watsonville and Herberton on
Atherton Tablelands. Off that road are some very good four wheel drive
Junction is an interesting place to discover.
Petford and Almaden,
east of Chillagoe on
that goes from Mareeba to Karumba and Normanton in Gulf Savannah. It is a
place today, but it used to be a big railway junction in
the days when Chillagoe
was a gold mining
old railway station
and the pub
you won't get any beer
The pub is a
... and is a
to have a look around :-)
pub is an old railway
and the old truck
flew away in cyclone Larry
in 2006, but it's back now.
Lappa Junction is a track to Munderra and Mount Garnet. Off that track
are some great side tracks to four wheel drive - try the one from Ord
to Emuford :-)
is a tiny township just south of Cape York peninsula.
east of Chillagoe,
in the Cairns Outback
along the Burke
Developmental Road that goes to Karumba and Normanton. You can
also get to it via a
few shortcuts from Kennedy
runs from Smithfield north of Cairns
to Undara Lava Tubes not far from Mount Garnet.
Hotel in town (the town's only pub), ...
station where Savannahlander
train stops on its way from Cairns
It is in
the middle of some beautiful
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