An inland detour to Australia's highest Waterfall
Apr 14, 2012
Dec 21, 2012
Back on the Bruce Highway we powered on down to Airlie Beach arriving around 5pm. We arrived at a lovely camp ground and began to rearrange and repack all our stuff – quite the mission – to take everything we needed to Hook Island for 3 nights. The only thing at Crayfish Beach was a composting toilet. So we needed to take enough food and water for 3 full days on the island, as well as tents, sleep mats, bags etc, etc...
From Deb's we woke early and headed to Airlie beach via Girringun National Park. This lush World Heritage area hosts the highest single drop waterfall in Australia - Wallaman Falls. It was particularly spectacular. Set within stone country and part of the wet tropics world heritage rain-forest it was absolutely stunning. The view from the lookout induced bursts of vertigo when looking over the edge. And from the lookout it was easy to observe the waterfall and its steep drop but taking in the sheer scale of it all was more difficult. Just looking down at the rain-forest canopy was at least a hundred metres below, and that seemed to be a green blur. Then the landscape above the falls was dense with eucalypt forest. The whole scene of the layered green mountains folding in on each other was incredible, and we were happy we had made this detour to visit this very special place.