Ravenshoe, Qld



Ravenshoe Attractions

Millstream Falls National Park

Millstream Falls, when they are in flood, are the widest in Australia and part of the huge Herbert river system. This park is an open forest of towering bloodwoods and stringy-bark trees, and is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Toilets, a shelter shed, picnic tables, wood barbecues and tank water are provided but camping is not allowed in the park. Follow the steep but well formed, 680 metre return, walking track from the picnic area through the forest to the the Big Millstream Falls viewing platform.

The turn-off to the falls is located 3.5 kilometres south of the southern Ravenshoe turnoff off the Kennedy Highway. Follow the gravel road for 1 kilometre to the car parking and picnic area. There is a turning circle at the parking area making it suitable for small to medium caravans to turn around.

https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/millstream-falls

Ravenshoe Steam Railway

History buffs, train enthusiasts and kids of all ages, will enjoy an outing on the ‘Capella’ a 1925 vintage steam locomotive. On the last Sunday of the month this historic steam train leaves the Ravenshoe Station at 1.30pm pulling it’s original carriages through open bushland and across trestle bridges to the little siding of Tumoulin. At Tumoulin passengers can purchase Devonshire Teas or cool drinks and have photos taken at the 'Highest Railway' sign. The train then makes its way back to Ravenshoe. On the same day the train leaves at Ravenshoe at 10.00am to take you to the markets at Tumoulin making the trip worthwhile. Check with the Information Centre to make sure the train is running on the Sunday.

ravenshoesteamrailway.webs.com

Ravenshoe Windfarm

Driving south from Atherton along the Kennedy Highway you can’t help but see the large wind turbines spread out over the hills of Ravenshoe. It is a spectacular sight and has become a popular tourist attraction. The site is located on Windy Hill, and the huge amount of power generated by the 'wind farm' not only supplies local residents, but the excess is sold to electricity companies to earn income for the town. There are twenty wind turbines, each 46 metres high, with blades 22 metres long and for the trivia buffs, you may be interested to know that on a particularly windy day, the blades can spin at almost 100 metres per second at the tips.

Located approx 50 kilometres south of Atherton, 5 kilometres north of Ravenshoe and 2.5 kilometres north of the Old Palmerston Highway turnoff. There is a large car parking area suitable for caravans after negotiating a short steep hill.

Tully Gorge Falls Lookout

Tully Falls is a waterfall on the Tully River in the Tully Gorge National Park. The height of the falls is 293 metres. Most of the water that would have otherwise flowed over the falls has been diverted to the Kareeya Hydro Power Station and dammed by the Koombooloomba Dam. This means the falls only flow during the wet season but the walls of raw rock and rainforest which plunge down to the Tully River are still an awe-inspiring sight. An 800 metre track takes walkers to the Tully River above the falls to a lookout. The lookout has a picnic area with pit toilets and wood BBQ’s. You must take your own wood because it is not permissible to use wood from the park.

Turn off the Kennedy Highway at Ravenshoe onto the Tully Falls Road. The lookout is 24 kilometres from the highway. Some sections of the road are not sealed and slippery when wet so a 4WD vehicle is recommended and not suitable for caravans. If you choose to continue along the Tully Falls Road you will end up at the Koombooloomba Dam which is another 6 kilometres from the lookout.

Little Millstream Falls are also accessed via the Tully Falls Road. Travel 3 kilometres from the highway then turn right into Wooroora Road. Follow this for 1.5 kilometres to the carpark. You can view these falls from just near the carpark or take the steep and narrow track to their base.

https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/tully-gorge

This page last reviewed on 9 Jun 2016