Atherton was the next stop. Located above Cairns in their hinterland it’s an incredible agricultural area where sugar, corn, vegetables, dairy and coffee are grown. It’s an amazing area and very pretty with gentle undulating country inter disbursed with patches of rainforest, the large paddocks again of sugar cane flower make the scenery very pretty from hilltops.
Just south of Atherton is a town called Herberton, an old town which houses a Historic Village. We had been told about it and spent 5 hours there, very impressive with an incredible range of old artefacts, tools and displays probably the best we have seen so far in our country. Whilst in Atherton and the area we were able to go to 2 agricultural shows which we enjoy including the junk food, Marco’s favourite being Dagwood Dogs and always readily available, funny enough we always go to the poultry exhibits, why we don’t know as its noisy and smelly but interesting.
We also visited one of the only tea plantations in Australia, Nerada Tea from where we also finally saw the highest mountain in Queensland being Bartle Frere 1,611 mts (5285 ft) not really very high but it is for Queensland and is usually covered in clouds. In the region as well there are numerous waterfalls Millaa Millaa being one of the biggest also of interest is the Curtain Figtree, a strangler fig that climbed up it's host and threw a whole series of roots down to create a curtain effect.
Moving back to the coast we spent a few days at Kurrimine, a small beach area in a small park. It’s located just south of Innisfail a major banana and sugar growing area, very pretty it is too seeing the comparison between them growing, it’s also called the Cassowary Coast, cassowaries being a large non flying bird that are quite dangerous and we were lucky enough to see 3, 2 adults and a juvenile, needless to say we stayed safe in the car.
And so we move on.
Until the next journal as ever.
Love and regards
Mum and Dad
AA and UM
GM and GD
Anne and Marco