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Topaz: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Ellinjaa Falls


Ellinjaa Falls are picturesque falls that are part of the Waterfalls Circuit along with Millaa Millaa and Zilzie Falls. Enjoy the sound of the water rushing over a series of lava columns as you have a picnic lunch. There's a 200 metre walkway to the base of the falls where turtles and platypus are often spotted. The falls are a great spot for swimming. There's also a little ledge hidden behind the falls that you can sit on and take in the scenery.




Theresa Creek Road
Millaa Millaa, QLD, 4886

Located 8.4K from Topaz

Zillie Falls


Zillie Falls are spectacular falls located on the Waterfalls Circuit with Millaa Millaa and Ellinjaa Falls. There is a lovely viewing platform at the base of the falls where you can enjoy a view of the cascading water and rapids. It's a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic lunch or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. A colony of Flying Foxes are often spotted near the car park, so keep your eyes out!




Theresa Creek Road
Millaa Millaa, QLD, 4886

Located 9.8K from Topaz

Millaa Millaa Falls


Millaa Millaa Falls are magnificent waterfalls surrounded by lush rainforest located on the Waterfalls Circuit, along with Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls. The falls cascade perfectly to a pristine waterhole below where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool water.

There's also a lovely grassy picnic area for you to relax. Millaa Millaa Falls are one of the most photographed in all of Australia, so make sure you bring your camera. And if you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a platypus!




Theresa Creek Road
Millaa Millaa, QLD, 4886

Located 13.8K from Topaz

Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park


Josephine Falls, a scenic section of Wooroonooran National Park, features a scenic waterfall fed by rains falling on Queensland's highest peak, Bartle Frere, which looms above this popular picnic area. Josephine Creek starts as a trickle high on the south-east side of the summit of Bartle Frere and ends as a substantial creek flowing into the Russell River. Approximately 7.5 kilometres from the summit of Bartle Frere, the waters of Josephine Creek tumble over granite boulders, forming the picturesque Josephine Falls.

Wander along the walking track through lush tropical rainforest to viewing decks overlooking Josephine Creek and falls. From here, enjoy excellent views and opportunities for photography. Do not enter the restricted access area around the top of the falls. Serious injuries and deaths have occurred here. Penalties apply. Flash flooding (rapidly rising water) is common during wetter months. Rapid and unpredictable water level rises have isolated people on the far bank requiring their rescue. The rocks are also exceptionally slippery, the water cold and submerged objects may be in the creek. Never jump or dive into the water and take care around steep slopes and rock faces along the track and at the lookout.




Josephine Falls Road
Bartle Frere, QLD, 4861

Located 14.7K from Topaz

Malanda Falls Conservation Park


Surrounded by dense rainforest, the North Johnstone River tumbles over basalt rock that was formed by an ancient lava flow at Malanda Falls. The much-photographed picturesque falls flow into an artificial swimming pool in this popular park near Malanda.

Have a picnic and take a dip in the pool. Follow the easy one kilometre Tulip Oak walk beside the river and through the rainforest. Learn about the Ngadjon-Jii culture from interpretive signs as you walk along the track. Watch for platypus from the viewing platforms. Keep an eye out for secretive tree-kangaroos, sometimes seen here.




Malanda-Atherton Road
Malanda, QLD, 4885

Located 16.5K from Topaz

Souita Falls


Souita Falls are near to Millaa Millaa on Middlebrook Road off the Old Palmerston Highway which once was the road connecting Millaa Millaa and Ravenshoe - the highest town in Queensland, now a scenic route (not suitable for caravans) between the two towns.

The falls run all year but are best seen after the wet season..





Middlebrook Road
Millaa Millaa, QLD, 4886

Located 17.5K from Topaz

Palmerston, Wooroonooran National Park


Palmerston, within Wooroonooran National Park, is one of the most accessible parts of a large park in the heart of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The area is renowned for lush rainforest, scenic views, steep gorges and cascading waterfalls. Towering buttressed trees and small rainforest cycads are prominent features. It is a place of very high biodiversity, due to the high rainfall and fertile soils derived from basalt rocks. The Palmerston Highway traverses the park and several day-use areas and camping areas along the road allow access into the park.

Stop at Crawfords lookout for the breath-taking views down to the North Johnstone River gorge or climb down the steep winding North Johnstone Lookout track for a closer look. Camp at the secluded Henrietta Creek camping area and go platypus-spotting in the nearby creek at dusk. Take the circuit track to Nandroya and Silver falls or walk to Tchupala and Wallicher falls through lush rainforest. Relax by the creek at Gooligan's picnic area. Visit the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway for a different perspective into this rugged rainforest-clad park.




Palmerston Highway
Innisfail, QLD, 4860

Located 18.1K from Topaz

Lake Eacham, Crater Lakes National Park


A clear, blue lake surrounded by cool rainforest, Lake Eacham offers swimming, birdwatching, canoeing, picnic areas and shady walking tracks, making it a popular recreation area with locals and visitors alike. Lake Eacham, Crater Lakes National Park is in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Like Lake Barrine, Lake Eacham is a maar (a crater lake formed by volcanic explosions) surrounded by rainforest.

Take a refreshing dip then lounge on the grassy area near the viewing decks which offer uninterrupted views of the lake. Walk the 3 kilometre lake circuit track and look for musky-rat kangaroos, small marsupials which are active during the day, turtles and fish at the lake's edge and a variety of birds in the rainforest. Explore the fun 1.4 kilometre return Children's walk and learn about local wildlife. Paddle a kayak or canoe on the clear smooth waters of the lake. Ride your bike through the park on Lakes Drive, a winding sealed bitumen access road.




Lake Eacham Road,
via Gillies Highway,
6 kilometres south-east of Yungaburra
Lake Eacham, QLD, 4872

Located 19.7K from Topaz

Topaz: Events

Crane Week


Every year, large flocks of stately grey birds gather on the Atherton Tablelands for the winter. Cranes are the subject of myth and legend around the world, they are immortalised in art and photography and are woven into the fabric of ancient cultures. They leap and dance, they bugle and call and they enrich lives. It's crane season on the Tablelands!

If you live on the Tablelands, it's not hard to spot the cranes, feeding in farmers' paddocks during the day, and flying in v formation every evening across the winter sunset to their favourite roosting sites.

Crane Week is a celebration of these ancient mythical birds. Join them for Tablelands Crane Week: watch, learn and photograph, spread an appreciation of cranes and you will help to ensure a safe future for them in the beautiful region of Australia they call home.



Event Dates
2016
      17th Sep
      18th Sep
      19th Sep
      20th Sep
      21st Sep
      22nd Sep
      23rd Sep
      24th Sep


132 Atherton - Malanda Road
Malanda, QLD, 4885

Located 16.6K from Topaz

Topaz: Travel Tips

Malanda Falls Visitor Centre


The rebuilt Malanda Falls Visitor Centre, and its award winning modern building reflects the area's geological formations, and the connection to country, as seen through the eyes of the local Ndgaonji tribe.

The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre is an accredited Tourism Queensland Visitor Information Centre within the Tablelands Regional Council area of Tropical North Queensland. In the midst of the renowned Crater Lakes and Waterfalls region, the Centre offers the full range of free visitor services and assistance from local volunteers.

The Centre is also an environmental education centre, with interpretive interactive displays on the cultural and natural history of the unique Tablelands volcanic region and its wildlife.

Indigenous cultural information is complemented by the Rainforest Dreaming guided walks through the adjacent Malanda Falls Conservation Park with Ngadjon man Drew Morta. Drew is the first indigenous accredited Wet Tropics Tour Guide, in the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Region. Guided walks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, need to be booked in advance and offer visitors the opportunity to see the rare Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo, as well as discover traditional ways of the local indigenous people.

Malanda Falls is Heritage listed and offers safe family swimming and picnic areas.




132 Atherton - Malanda Road
Malanda, QLD, 4885

Located 17.7K from Topaz

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