Julie and I anticipated a visit to Millstream Falls largely because of the pre-trip notoriety as it was proclaimed to be Australia's widest single-drop waterfall. And after seeing this waterfall in person, we think there could very well be some legitimacy to this claim because it appeared that we were only able to see perhaps only half of its entire width. As you might be able to tell from the photo at the top of this page, there was still more of the watercourse that appeared to plunge away from our line-of-sight as seen from the official lookout at the end of the walking track. There didn't seem to be an official way to continue further downstream to safely view the remainder of the width of the falls.
Like many waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands, this waterfall tumbled over an old basalt lava flow. A sign here went further by illustrating the geologic process of how a lavaflow filled the valley with this hard-rock lava flow ultimately giving the falls its height. Then, over time, the lava cooled and hardened, then the valley acted as a drainage for precipitation ultimately yielding the watercourse known as The Millstream (a tributary of the Herbert River), which in turn, plunged over the boundaries of this basalt flow resulting in the Millstream Falls.
Julie and I went on a 400m walk that was upside down (i.e. we had to descend on the way to the overlook at the end of the walking track, and then ascend the same track on the way back). It only took us about 25 minutes round trip, which included the time spent at the overlook of the falls. The photos you see on this page were taken in the afternoon where we were getting decent backlighting from the sun.
Along the Kennedy Highway east of Ravenshoe (on the way to Millstream Falls from Millaa Millaa) was the impressive Atherton Wind Farm
Further to the northeast of the Atherton Tablelands and its waterfalls was the town of Cairns, which was the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Our first look at the falls where some of the foliage partially obstructed our line-of-sight
Looking down over the top of the falls
Another look down at the brink of the wide falls. Notice the gap between the far cliff and the one responsible for the falls. That was where I suspected there was more to the overall width of the falls
From the Kennedy Hwy (Hwy 1) and Tully Falls Rd junction at Ravenshoe (that's "ravens hoe" not "raven shoe"), we continued going west on the Kennedy Hwy for another 3.8km before turning left (south) at the signpost for the access road to Millstream Falls. At the end of this spur road was the car park.
Ravenshoe was about 25km southwest of Millaa Millaa along a combination of the Palmerston Hwy and Kennedy Hwy. Alternatively, it was about 28km between Millaa Millaa and Ravenshoe along the combination of Hwy 25 (Millaa Millaa-Malanda Rd and East Evenlyn Rd) and Hwy 1 (Kennedy Hwy). Going this latter route, we saw an impressive wind farm that I believe is called the Atherton Wind Farm.
For additional geographical context, Ravenshoe was 85km (over an hour drive) west of Innisfail and 118km (2 hours drive) south of Cairns.
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