Headed up to the Atherton Tablelands today. First stop was Emerald Creek for some fuel and a quick look at the coffee trees. Next was The Peanut Place, where they sell all manner of peanut related products. Then onto The Crystal Caves in Atherton which is an awesome rock shop and museum. In the museum they have The Empress of Uruguay which is the world’s largest Amethyst Geode.
Then we checked out the view from the lookout in Atherton before heading on to the Curtain Fig Tree.
Next was a quick stop at Malanda Falls before heading out to the Nerada Tea plantation for lunch. Nerada is Mum’s favourite tea and she does love a cuppa, so it was pretty cool to drink some Nerada tea where it’s actually grown.
Then we headed back into town to the Malanda Dairy Centre for a milkshake and some pecan pie.
Next we drove out to the Crater Lakes. Lake Eacham first, where we saw some Saw-shelled turtles and then Lake Barrine where Mum and Lil Sis spotted a wild Cairns Birdwing. Then on to the Cathedral Fig Tree, another massive Green Fig, which we could walk inside and climb on. The tree has a 44 metre girth is 500 years old.
To get back to Cairns we drove down the Gilles Ranges on a ridiculously windy road. A home cooked feed in our motel room for dinner and then down to the Night Markets for a look. Everyone in Cairns raves about the Night Markets, which are just a tropical version of Paddy’s markets in Sydney.
We all wore our Rabbitohs gear today and got a few comments from some happy bunnies, yay! The guy at The Peanut Place said it was good to see anyone beat the Bulldogs, and we wouldn’t disagree with that. Tomorrow is our last day in Cairns and surprisingly I have no idea what we’ll do…