Trip 20, part 6 – Millaa Millaa, Aboriginal for ‘plenty water’

Let me start this post by giving a shout out to my mate Brendan who strongly recommended we spend some time in Millaa Millaa.  Whilst planning our trip, I’d seen it on the map and knew that it had some waterfalls, but hadn’t considered it as a stopover on the trip.  On the advice of Brendan, we made it a two-night stop, but we could have easily have made this place a week stop (or longer) as the countryside is so beautiful.

It was Monday, 27th Aug and we had a short, 125km run from Pinnarendi Station, which as I’ve already posted we also loved, up to Millaa Milla.  Arriving midday meant we had plenty of time to set the vans up and then do some exploring, first stop being a lunchtime special counter-meal, with the obligatory beer, at the Millaa Millaa pub.  After recharging the fuel cells, we drove South East about 30kms to visit the Mamu Tropical Skywalk, a nice walk through natural rainforest, with a tree canopy walk and a 30mtr viewing tower at the end.

<< Photo credit: Tony – Gary (our Prado) parked outside the Millaa Millaa pub, whilst we had lunch… >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony – The side of a building in Millaa Millaa >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  An old house on top of the hills, with views to die for >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  Across the road from that old house, looking out the other way. >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  And another shot, taken outside that old house, this time with a telephoto to show the shading of the ranges in the distance >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  Henrietta Creek >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  A view down to the Johnstone River from Mamu Skywalk >>

<< Photo credit: Tony – three colours of fungus on old logs at Mamu Skywalk >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  Leaves at Mamu Skywalk >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  More leaves and colour at Mamu Skywalk >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  A beautiful red leaf, lit up in the sun at Mamu Skywalk>>

 

Following dinner, Rod and I shot out to Millaa Millaa waterfall to do some night, moonlight photos of the falls. The moon wasn’t really coming in at the right angle so we ended up doing some light painting with our torches for some nice shots.

<< Photo credit: Tony –  One of four torch lit (light painted) shots of the Millaa Millaa Waterfall >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  Two of four torch lit (light painted) shots of the Millaa Millaa Waterfall >>

<< Photo credit: Tony –  Three of four torch lit (light painted) shots of the Millaa Millaa Waterfall >>

<< Photo credit: Tony –  Four of four torch lit (light painted) shots of the Millaa Millaa Waterfall >>

 

Tuesday, 28th Aug and it was ‘waterfall day’…  In total, we visited eight completely different waterfalls, all within 50kms of Millaa Millaa, taking in the sights and some shopping on the way.  A longish day, but I’ll let the pics do the talking.  Enjoy!

<< Photo credit: Tony – The top section of Souita Waterfall >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  The bottom section of Soutia Waterfall >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  The road out past Souita Waterfall >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony – Pepina Waterfall >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  Little Millstream Waterfall >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  Millstream Waterfall >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  Looking down into the Tully Gorge.  The upstream river is now dammed for hydro power but when in flood, it drops in a massive waterwall from the pool top right >>

 

 << Photo credit: Tony –  The road into Tully Gorge >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  A pair of Bluewing Kookaburras at Millstream Waterfall >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  The view out from the Millaa Millaa lookout >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  A cropped shot of the Millaa Millaa Waterfall by day.  I cropped this shot (in camera) as the falls were full of people picnicking on grass and swimming at the base of the falls >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  My favourite fall of the day, Zillie Waterfall >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  Our last fall of the day, Ellinjaa Waterfall.  We were spewing, as a couple who arrived just before us saw and showed us a video of a wild platypus that was swimming around the river, just minutes before we arrived >>

 

<< Photo credit: Tony –  A mummy cow and her calf.  This was one of a few shots I took as the cows were nicely lit up in the afternoon sun on top of a ridge.  Whilst taking the shots, the mum started giving bubs a bath (licking her) and the calf wasn’t too impressed with it all.. >>

 

P.S.: No contributing photo’s from Jules, BJ or Rod this post.  That’s not because they took shit shots, rather the opposite actually, there were so many good shots taken today, I decided to limit them to my pics.

4 Replies to “Trip 20, part 6 – Millaa Millaa, Aboriginal for ‘plenty water’”

    1. Thanks David, these are only quick edited, will edit them properly when I’m home but from my quick look I think I’ve made the exposures to long, there’s not enough contrast in the water. Still nice shots and good fun.

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