The Wandering Tops

The Wandering Tops

21 August, 2016

Atherton Tablelands

Continued on the Savannah Way to Pinnarena Station Farm Stay (Nadine & Ronnie) which has only been open for 6 weeks.  They have lots of ideas for this farm stay but think they should have waited to open as no facilities available and cost was $10 per night for a piece of dirt to camp on, no facilities and no dump point.
Ronnie cooking pizza in the wood fired oven. 

Had sourdough Pizza - all you could eat for $18 per person which we thought was a bit expensive, but I gave it my best shot to get value for money.  Hope this venture works out for them as they are great couple and are giving it a red hot go! They have nearly completed the cafe (Nadine make a nice coffee) and have plans for amenities block and powered sites.  There is a few old trucks and machinery around the farm which was interesting for me to look at, some quite rare stuff.

Camping ground has graded sites.

Desoto tipper

Morris Commercial, Diesel motor

British Dodge - has some type of winch system on the back
This is a borer for water bores, has a winch cable system.
Headed to Ravenshoe via Kennedy Highway then onto Palmerston Highway to Millaa Millaa where we stayed the night.  Arrived early so went on drive to Millaa Millaa Falls where we saw catfish and tortises, then onto Zillie Falls and onto Elinjaa Falls where we walked down the steps to the Falls. Off the next day to Malanda then visited friends Chris & Mike at Lake Tinnaroo for coffee before heading onto Atherton then to Mareeba.  Stayed at Kerribee Park Campgrounds (Mareeba Rodeo Grounds) where we were positioned quite close to next van (very popular camp ground).

Millaa Millaa Falls

Zillie Falls from the top, decided not to walk dow to the bottom.

Elinjaa Falls

(Mareeba) Kerribee Rodeo Grounds, early morning ballon flights

As we house sat in Atherton for 2 months in 2014 we have seen a lot of the area so intended to revisit some places and catch up on ones we missed.  Headed down to Cairns for 2 nights as had Van booked in for replacement of gas element cut out valve and Toyota booked in for Service.  Stayed at Cairns Holiday Park - crowded, people everywhere, planes taking off/landing, trains and traffic!! Had a great catch up for lunch with Lyn & Tom who own the Cannon Park Motel (luckily they had a bit of time off) at the Botanical Gardens Cafe.  Great walking around the Gardens - lots of very different plants. Back to the Caravan Park to a Ukulele Jazz Session - interesting to say the least!!

Mareeba Multi Cultural Show

Spent 4 nights back at Mareeba Rodeo Grounds and returned to the Coffee Works for stock up of coffee.  Spent an afternoon at the Multi Cultural Show which was a free event and provided wonderful entertainment with dancing, singing, poetry from different countries represented in the Community, including Fiji, Tonga, Germany, Spain, South America, Indigenous Australia. Also had food stalls selling authentic dishes from different countries. We stayed until the end and left feeling very uplifted.  The Rodeo Grounds also hosted a Horse Event and Helen sat up in the stands watching little kids and junior section riding around obstacles trying to maneuver the course in the quickest time.

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