Friday, January 8, 2010
We continued our journey inland towards Millaa Millaa, which is renowned for an abundance of waterfalls nearby. What is amazing is that these giant waterfalls come from a small creek with a slight flow, then suddenly drop up a large rock, forming a great waterfall. This creates a pool, which soon narrows back down to a small creek with not much water flowing through.
We visited three different waterfalls on what is known as the "waterfall circuit". The first was Ellinja Falls, which is in the picture. This was probably the most impressive of the three, especially considering the small creek it came from. Just a short drive down the road, on an entirely different creek we came to Zillie Falls. These ones you could only see from the top, which was quite a drop down.
The view is just not the same however, when you look down over a waterfall as opposed to looking at it crashing down in front of you. Our last stop on the circuit was Millaa Millaa falls, the most famous of the trio. This can be seen by the fact that there is room for bus parking, as opposed to a small dirt patch at the other places.
I don't have any photos to do it justice, but there is a great swimming hole in front of the waterfall, which we took advantage of, along with a large bunch of other people. We seemed to have timed it well though, as a large group left just as we got into the water, then others were a bit more hesitant to get in.
We travelled on to Malanda, home of another falls. After the previous trio it was really less than impressive. It drains down into what I think I read was called a "natural swimming pool". Although it's natural river water, I don't think there's much natural about concrete blocks.
Apparently on the weekends the vistor centre offers tours with one of the local Aboriginal elders. Unfortunately it wasn't the weekend, and the centre was ready to close, so they wanted us in and out as quickly as possible. Francisca was keen to find out more about the aboriginal population, but we found it was hard to do anything without either handing over a large pile of cash, or booking a long time in advance, neither of which we had the chance to do.
This post is all about waterfalls, so I will leave it at that for the moment, and continue our journey into the tablelands in the next post.
Daniel is now living in Santiago de Chile. You can find some more writing at I Love Chile
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