Thursday, July 7, 2016

Yungaburra, Atherton Tablelands

This week we are spending our time up in the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. Yungaburra is a small picturesque village perfectly situated in the tablelands to visit the many attractions this area has for the visitor. The caravan park we are staying is situated on the banks of Lake Tinaroo. Today we did a bit of exploring, first up we headed north to "The Peanut Place"in Tolga. Shane is a bit of a peanut lover so we left with peanuts in the shell, peanut brittle, macadamia nut brittle and some smoked peanuts, all locally grown and processed. Mmmm yeah I think we have enough. We then headed back down south to Atherton to The Crystal Caves. I have been here before but really wanted Shane to see the amazingness this attraction offers. Established back in 1987 this is the work of one man Nelleke Boissevain. In that time he has collected well in excess of 600 crystallised mineral specimens, gemstones, fossils and rocks from every corner of the world.

Amazing Quartz Generators


 Even though there are many wonderful specimens the cream on the cake is the amazing Geode named The Empress of Uruguay, which is the largest Amethyst Geode in the world. Standing at 3.27 metres tall and weighing 2.5 tonne this amazing gift from mother nature was created some 130 million years ago. The only word I can use to describe this Geode is spectacular.
I have no words to explain just how amazing the Geode is
Our next destination was at the amazing Curtain Fig. As one of the largest trees in North Queensland, the Curtain Fig is fascinating and unusual.

The Curtain Fig

The Creation of the Curtain Fig

Oh I almost forgot we also called into Shaylee Strawberry Farm and indulged in a yummy ice-cream and also left with a jar of strawberry jam, a jar of plum jam and some beautiful red plump delicious strawberries.
So many strawberries.....

Our day ended with the most amazing sunset over Lake Tinaroo.