Cape Tribulation 1 : Airlie Beach to Atherton Tableland

A series of blogs and vlogs documenting our road-trip from Airlie Beach to Cape Tribulation to check out Ocean Safari’s jungle lodge and half-day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef in the stunning surrounds of the Daintree Rainforest.
Airlie Beach to Atherton Tableland – Part 1 of 3.

Visiting Ocean Safari at Cape Tribulation in far tropical North Queensland has been on my to do list for a number of years now. Being the little sister company of the award winning Ocean Rafting trip around the Whitsunday Islands, I knew that Ocean Safari was going to be good. Excited to finally explore the Great Barrier Reef further north I had no trouble convincing my free-diving, yoga friend Todd to make the almost 700km road trip from Airlie Beach with me.

Leaving early on a Friday we had no real plans other than to explore a few waterfalls and make it to Mission Beach that night. After 3 hours along the Bruce Highway we had breakfast in Townsville and then continued north stopping at Crystal Creek in the Paluma Range National Park. With only a short 5 minute drive off the highway we found ourselves amongst a playground of freshwater rock pools and naturally made waterslides – heaven! Slipping and sliding we kept walking further up the creek finding more and more rockpools, slides and little waterfalls, it seemed to go on forever.

After Crystal Creek we jumped back on the highway and continued along before spontaneously following a sign off the highway to Jourama Falls… the walk to the falls walk took longer than we expected but OH MY GOSH it was worth it. Both Todd and I sat and watched this stunning cascade for ages. Not as great for swimming as Crystal Creek it was still worth the hike to the top for the amazing view. (Tip: if you do this take mozzi spray)

By this stage we had spent a few hours at each of the stops and had decided that we were no longer Mission Beach bound and that we would take the track inland through the Atherton Tableland to find some more waterfalls amongst the misty mountains. After a quick call around we booked a night at The Falls Teahouse in Millaa Millaa. A tiny town in North Queensland with the quintessential laid back and friendly vibe, the owners were amazing and made us feel incredibly welcome. Enjoying a glass of red, a wood fired pizza and some live music we picked up some local tips on where to go the next day before resting our little heads in the homely Bed & Breakfast style accommodation.