Distance: 147 Km
Fuel: 47 L
Hou Wang Temple
At 9am arrived at the Old Atherton Post Office Art Gallery.
Visited the Chinatown exhibition first before being taken out to the Temple (built in 1903). It is made of wood clad in corrugated iron – the temple’s internal walls are Red Cedar as are the meeting rooms walls, the remaining walls are unlined iron walls so it must have boiled in summer especially the kitchen.
Interesting to compare the Fong On Rd as it was in 1912 and as it is now.
Herberton was originally the major town in the area because of the mining activities, Atherton was just a staging post on the way.
Herberton has an historic village which I presume is like Old Sydney Town (as was). I didn’t go. I went to the Spy and Camera Museum which was very interesting. A collection originally started by a local who was a cold war spy now taken over by the local photographer.
I had intended to have lunch at Millaa Millaa but instead when on the “Millaa Millaa Falls Drive’ which took in three of the local waterfalls – I didn’t go swimming.
Millaa Millaa Falls
Nerada Tea Shop and Visitor Centre
I saw the sign as I neared Malanda so turned off and followed the back roads to the plantation. The tea looked very healthy but the Visitor Centre? Closed Saturday and Sunday… I shall be buying Bushells from now on.
I had a late lunch in Malanda at the ‘Original’ Cafe. The coffee was fine, the chips were fine, the hamburger ordinary (and I had to pick the beetroot out).
These falls have been turned into the local swimming pool as well as a tourist attraction and they were very close to town.
Back in Atherton I filled up with fuel ready for tomorrow and returned late afternoon to the caravan park. On the way I came across the Atherton War Cemetery.
Yes, it did rain for about 5 minutes around midday today but after a cloudy morning it turned out to be a very enjoyable day.
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