About Millstream Falls
Julie and I anticipated a visit to Millstream Falls largely because of the pre-trip notoriety that 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.
In fact, it appeared that we could only see perhaps just half of its entire width!
As you might be able to tell from the photo above, there was still more of the watercourse that appeared to plunge away from our line-of-sight at the official lookout.
There didn’t seem to be an official way to continue further downstream to safely view the remainder of Millstream Falls’ width.
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, erosion-resistant rock, which ultimately gave the falls its height.
Then, over time, the lava cooled and hardened, and the valley acted as a drainage for precipitation.
This drainage eventually became 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 an upside-down 400m walk to reach the official lookout at its end.
I say “upside-down” because we had to descend on the way to the overlook at the end of the walking track, and then we had to ascend the same track on the way back.
Overall, we only spent about 25 minutes round trip to do this whole excursion, 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.
Millstream Falls resides in the Atherton Tablelands Region. It is administered by the Tablelands Regional Council. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.
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.
Going this latter route, we saw an impressive wind farm that I believe is called the Atherton Wind Farm.
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