Ravenshoe is located 130km southwest of Cairns
in the Atherton Tablelands
, also known as the Cairns Highlands. This scenic delight of a town, away from the hustle and bustle of busy Cairns city life, is the highest town in Queensland situated 930 metres above sea level.
Amidst the mountains and the clouds, it boasts rolling green hills and pastures, a cool sub-tropical climate at high altitude, and is the rural gateway to the magnificent scenery the region has to offer. Nearby are waterfalls galore, lush rainforests, hot springs, Tully Gorge and the Misty Mountains.
Millstream Falls is recognised as the widest single drop waterfall in Australia and is just west of town 1km in off Kennedy Highway. A 340m walk down a bitumen path is well worth it to view these dramatic falls.
Little Millstream Falls is not far from town via Tully Gorge Road. A 350m easy walk leads to the picturesque falls spilling over granite rock boulders into a large plunge pool.
Tully Gorge Lookout is accessible via Tully Falls Road. The winding narrow road leading to the top end of the gorge is not suitable for caravans. A short walk leads to a viewing platform over the gorge, although views may be obstructed in misty conditions, and a longer bush walk continues down to the gorge.
Misty Mountains wilderness area is also close to town in Tully Falls National Park. The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area offers a 130km walking network of both short and long walks. Due to the cool, misty conditions and high chances of rainfall hikers should check track conditions with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on 07 4046 6600 and register walks.
Innot Hot Springs is some 45km west of town and although the springs are nowhere near as deep as they used to be in the early 1900’s they are still hot and soothing and bear historical significance. The springs were once believed to hold curative properties and the water was bottled and sent overseas as medicine. Now a smaller version of its origin the springs are still enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. A caravan park is located here for visitors wanting to stay a while.
Ravenshoe offers a fabulous free camp right in town at the Railco Railway Museum on Kuradilla Street. The large flat grass area is suitable for all set ups, well maintained public toilets are directly across the road and dogs are permitted. Donations are certainly appreciated.
Ravenshoe is in the heart of superb scenic high country and is using its altitude to its advantage, particularly in regard to the environment. The town’s green fields are scattered with wind turbines generating environmentally friendly power for the region’s use. Top marks for Ravenshoe, a charming green town.
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Destinations in Queensland
Daintree National Park
Tin Can Bay
Undara Volcanic National Park
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