Irvinebank is a town and locality in the western foothills of the Atherton Tablelands of Far North Queensland, Australia. It is within the local government area of Shire of Mareeba. Irvinebank is 123 kilometres south-west of Cairns via the Bruce Highway, Gillies Range Road, State Route 25 and the Herberton Petford Road. From further west it can be accessed from the Burke Developmental Road at Petford. First known as Gibbs Camp, the town was founded in 1884 by John Moffat, who had purchased the mining leases from the original prospectors, he built a dam, a mill and other infrastructure that attracted settlers and miners to the area. Irvinebank Post Office opened on 1 June 1885, it became a thriving town with an economy based on mining and smelting. In the ten years up to the 1911 census the population had swelled from 619 to 1264, but another 10 years saw it reduced back to only 607 and continued to fall. At the 2006 census, Irvinebank had a population of 311. Irvinebank has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: High Street: Irvinebank State School Jessie Street: Queensland National Bank off Jessie Street: Irvinebank State Treatment Works 16 O'Callaghan Street: Loudoun House Mareeba Mining District: Vulcan Mine McDonald Street: Irvinebank School of Arts Hall Stannary Hills-Irvinebank Road: Stannary Hills Tramways Henry Dalziel, recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War I was born in Irvinebank Media related to Irvinebank, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Irvinebank Irvinebank School of Arts and Progress Association Mike O'Callaghan's History of Irvinebank
Large-eared horseshoe bat
The large-eared horseshoe bat is a species of bat in the family Rhinolophidae. It is found in Australia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines
Millaa Millaa Falls
Millaa Millaa Falls is a heritage-listed plunge waterfall at Theresa Creek Road, Millaa Millaa, Tablelands Region, Australia. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 5 December 2005; the falls are adjacent to the town of Millaa Millaa on the Atherton Tableland.'Millaa Millaa' is a MaMu Aboriginal phrase referring to the rainforest vine Elaeagnus Triflora whose fruit appears from May to February. A popular destination of international tour operators, the falls are 18.3 metres high with a pool suitable for swimming at their base. The Millaa Millaa Falls are accessed by sealed road off the Palmerston Highway about 5 minutes from the township of Millaa Millaa; the Millaa Millaa Falls were discovered during exploration of overland routes to connect the Herberton mining fields with Queensland coastal ports. The falls are named after the nearby township of Millaa Millaa; the name "Millaa Millaa" is derived from a phonetic adaptation of the Aboriginal word "Malay Malay", which in the language of the local Mamu Aboriginal people refers to the rainforest vine, which fruit was a seasonal food source.
This plant occurs throughout the surrounding area and is known as the Millaa Millaa Vine. This is contrary to the popular belief that the name Millaa Millaa means either "water fall", "many waterfalls" or "plenty water", but does demonstrate how important the falls are in the regional psyche. In 1882 tracks were blazed through the rainforest close to the falls by both Sub Inspector Alexander Douglas and Christie Palmerston. Palmerston mapped an improved track through the area during 1884-1885, which subsequently became known as the Palmerston track; the popular belief that Palmerston camped at and named Millaa Millaa falls, in part commemorated by a monument at the site, cannot be substantiated from the historical record. A clearing at the Millaa Millaa Falls was used as a rest stop for the early horse and mule pack teams that traversed the Palmerston track when travelling to and from the Herberton mining field; this clearing was used as a base for land surveyors working in the area in 1909 and as a camp for workers constructing the railway line between Malanda and the Millaa Millaa township in the 1920s.
During the 1920s a quarry was established next to the Millaa Millaa Falls to supply a nearby crushing plant with stone, used to produce road-making materials. Blasting and excavation work at the quarry threatened to damage or destroy the falls, but due to the efforts of the Millaa Millaa Progress Association it was protected, by the mid 1920s had become a popular stop for tours of the Atherton Tablelands. Conversely, the quarry, abandoned in 1927, was partly responsible for the latter popularity and preservation of the falls because of the access that it provided to the site. In the late 1950s access to a popular swimming hole known as "Rawson's Pool", located on private property downstream from the falls was stopped and the focus shifted to Millaa Millaa Falls; the access road to the quarry was upgraded and extended down to near the base of the falls and a small car park constructed. At this time, public facilities were added to the site including toilets, shelter shed, barbeques. Further safety and interpretive improvements were carried out in 2002.
In 2003, the quarry was converted into a car park and a walking track and steps created which lead down to the falls viewing area. In 2005 a biological toilet facility, shelter shed and interpretive bus shelters were built. Millaa Millaa Falls is now part of what is known within the tourism industry as the "waterfall circuit" near Millaa Millaa township, which includes the Zillie and Elinjaa Falls; the Millaa Millaa Falls is an icon within the tourism industry, not only within North Queensland but nationally and internationally. A 2008 search of the internet revealed at least 917 tour sites advertising the falls, with 276 containing photographs; the falls has featured in numerous movies and television commercials. The place is used for a range of community events; the Millaa Millaa Falls are 18.3 metres in height and are formed from volcanic basalt which has weathered to create distinctive vertical striations in the surface of the rock and which gives the falls its pleasing textural backdrop.
There is a large pool below the falls, surrounded by rainforest, except for a grassed viewing area facing the falls and a concrete block pad on the waters edge. A set of concrete steps leads from the lower bus park down to the viewing area; the bus park is separated from the viewing area by a low rail fence. An c. 1950 timber-framed weatherboard toilet block is located on the north-eastern side of the falls and remains in use. A biological toilet facility has been constructed on the northern side of the bus park. A shelter shed and interpretive bus shelters have been erected on the north-western end of the bus park. A track with steps terminates at the upper car park. There is a stone monument on the fence line, erected in 1982, at the western end of the lower bus park with a bronze plaque attached that commemorates the explorer Christie Palmerston; the Millaa Millaa Scenic Reserve may contain other sites of heritage significance that have not been formally identified at this time. These include the original clearing near its associated campsite.
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Seven Sisters (Queensland)
The Seven Sisters are a series of seven volcanic cinder cones on the Atherton Tableland, near Yungaburra, Australia. They were formed over 350,000 years ago; the vents have an overall southwest-northeast alignment, which suggests that the ascending magma utilised a pre-existing fracture within the earth's crust. Several of the craters are breached to the southeast due to the prevailing southeast winds blowing ash and scoria to the northwest and so building the cones more to that side. Parts of the rocky basalt flows are still densely forested and can be seen surrounding the Curtain Fig Tree. Lake Barrine Lake Eacham Lake Tinaroo Mount Hypipamee Crater The Seven Sisters on Google Earth 12 Aboriginal stories about The Seven Sisters
Herberton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Herberton had a population of 855 people; the first European exploration of this area, part of the traditional land of the Dyirbal, was undertaken in 1875 by James Venture Mulligan. Mulligan instead found tin; the town of Herberton was established on 19 April 1880 by John Newell to exploit the tin find, mining began on 9 May. By the September of that year, Herberton had a population of 27 women. Herberton Post Office opened on 22 November 1880. In December 1881 a State School was established; the Herberton Public Library opened in 1995 with a major refurbishment in 2016. In the late 19th century the Mulligan Highway was carved through the hills from Herberton and passed through what is now Main Street, before continuing down to Port Douglas; this road was used by the coaches of Co to access Western Queensland. At its apogee, Herberton was the richest tin mining field in Australia, was home to 17 pubs, 2 local newspapers and a brewery.
Tin mining ceased in Herberton in 1985. At the 2006 census, Herberton had a population of 974. In the 2011 census, Herberton had a population of 934 people. Herberton has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: 38 Broadway Street: Holy Trinity Anglican Church Grace Street: Jack & Newell General Store 61 Grace Street: Herberton School of Arts off Jacks Road: Great Northern Mine 2-4 Lillian Street: Herberton Uniting Church Myers Street: Herberton War Memorial Herberton is situated 918 m high on the Great Dividing Range south-west of Atherton. Vegetation ranges from tropical rainforest to the east, wet schlerophyl forests to the north and east and open schleorphyl forests and woodlands to the north and west. Herberton is notably drier than the area around Atherton with average rainfall for Herberton of 1,155 mm. Herberton is the most northerly location in Australia to have recorded a temperature at or below −5 °C, the only location in Tropical North Queensland to have done so; the average minimum temperature ranges from 10 °C in winter to 18 °C in summer, while maximums range from 21 to 29 °C.
Several crops are grown around Herberton, it is the location of Queensland's only tropical vineyard. Herberton is a mini salad bowl with crops including avocados, tomatoes and pumpkins. Poultry and beef industries are present. Herberton's public hospital and the private school, Mt Saint Bernard residential college, are other major employers in the town; the Herberton Mining Museum and Visitor Information Centre opened in 2005, houses mining and social history of the Herberton Mining field, archives for the local area and maintains a genealogy project recording the families of the district and their histories. A Heritage Walk for tourists that takes in some of the old buildings and historical features of the town is a popular attraction. Historic Village Herberton is a 16-acre representation of a mining town filled with streets of buildings of the time, each one a museum in its own right with exhibits such as vintage machinery and Australian antiques, it has more than 50 restored period buildings.
The Herberton Spy & Camera Museum houses antique spy cameras, a photographic gallery and photographic memorabilia with guided tours through the museum and a working photographer and photographic studio. Most a Railway Museum has been established by volunteers in the former Herberton Railway Station building; this is operated by volunteers and only open part-time. The Tepon Equestrian Grounds just out of Herberton have been upgraded with a large undercover pavilion for equestrian and other sporting events such as cycling and mountain biking. Local markets are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Wondecla Oval. There are several caravan parks, motels and B&Bs located in the town; the Tablelands Regional Council operates a Herberton Public Library and Customer Service Centre at 61 Grace Street. The Herberton branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the QCWA Hall at 14 William Street. Herberton State School opened on 12 December 1881. In 1912 the school had a secondary top added to the school.
Notable people associated with Herberton include: Bunny Adair, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Cook who attended Herberton State School. Alice Bonar. Founder of the Australian Red Cross in Herberton, now the oldest continuously operating branch in Australia. In 1914 reconvened the branch as a member of the Australian Red Cross. Eldest son David Welbourn Bonar a tunneller at Hill 60 and daughter May was a nurse in World War 1. Nancy Francis and poet known as'Black Bonnet'. Wrote extensively on life in the Daintree area including recording indigenous culture. Wrote poetry published in North queensland The Bulletin. James Douglas Henry Mining Engineer, served in 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen contingent. Member of the Mining Corps Commanding Officer of 1st Australian Tunnellers involved in Hill 60. Retired to Tepon near Herberton and A. R. P. Warden for Wondecla area in World War 2. John Ledlie, one of the founders of North Queensland firm Armstrong and Stillman. Brought the first electric street lights outside his Herberton store.
Shire Chairman of Herberton Shire Council, member of Cairns Harbour Board and Cairns Regional Electricity Board. Teamed with Robert Ringrose to establish Herberton State High School in 1912. John Newell, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Woothakata, Chairman of Herberton Shire Council, Mayor of Herberton Municipality. One of the discoverers of payable tin and the establishment of Herberton Gold and Mineral Field. Founding member of the Tinaroo Division Board
The Barron Falls is a steep tiered cascade waterfall on the Barron River located where the river descends from the Atherton Tablelands to the Cairns coastal plain, in Queensland, Australia. In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, the Barron Falls was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for its role as a "Natural attraction". Protected within the Barron Gorge National Park, the volume of water seen in the upper photo only occurs after substantial rainfall during the wet season. For much of the rest of the year, little more than a trickle is evident, due in part to the presence of a weir behind the head of the falls that supplies the Barron Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station located downstream in the gorge; the Barron Falls may be viewed and accessed by road via the Kennedy Highway that crosses the Barron River upstream of the falls, near Kuranda. The narrow-gauge Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail aerial tram leads from the coastal plain to the tablelands; the train stops at Barron Falls overlook.
The Skyrail stops at Red Peak and Barron Falls. The trail at Barron Falls Skyrail station leads through the rainforest to three separate lookouts providing views of the Gorge and Falls; the falls were named for Thomas Henry Bowman Barron, the Chief Clerk of Police in Brisbane in the 1860s. The falls were one of the most popular tourist attractions in Queensland by the 1890s. Visitors are drawn to the natural features and scenery. List of waterfalls of Queensland Media related to Barron Falls at Wikimedia Commons "Barron Falls". World of Waterfalls. Johnny T. Cheng. 21 May 2008.
Davies Creek National Park
Davies Creek National Park is in Far North Queensland, Australia, 1,392 km northwest of Brisbane, 20 km south west of Cairns. The park is located on the Atherton Tableland within the Barron River water catchment, it lies within Wet Tropics of Queensland bioregions. It is picturesque with the Davies Creek Falls and open eucalypt woodland. Davies Creek raises in the Lamb Range and flows into the Barron River; the park is important as a preserve of an endangered species. A total of five rare or threatened species have been identified in the park; the park can be reached on the Kennedy Highway 21 km southwest of Kuranda. There is a picnic area beside the creek with toilets available; the water of the creek must be boiled for at least five minutes before drinking it. There is a two km walking trail upstream. Camping is permitted. Permits must be obtained and fees paid before arrival. Protected areas of Queensland