Miz Lizzie Adventures: Waterfalls, Weather and Walsh’s Pyramid

We knew we were in for some rain today.

We were right. It’s been soggy on and off all day. But it didn’t stop us, and indeed, we decided to add still more water to the equation by doing the Waterfall Circuit, a 15km loop drive which takes in three of the Tableland’s more notable falls. Without further ado, then, I bring you Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie Falls and Ellinjaa Falls.

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Finally, the cloud and downpour got too heavy for us to enjoy the scenery, and we descended from the plateau down to sea level and into sunshine.

En route, we saw some pretty amazing evidence of just how fast and how heavily rain in the tropics can develop, as a thick roll of dark cloud built up out of nowhere above Mount Bartle Frere, teetered briefly at the top and then tipped itself over the edge. You can’t even see the top of the mountain, and it’s the highest in Queensland!


Rolling down over the mountain top, having appeared out of a clear, innocent blue sky….


… and dropping its load in a sheer curtain of water.  Ten paces from the cloud’s edge, the ground was dry!

On our way into Cairns for a bit of shopping and a bloody fine curry at our favourite Indian restaurant, we passed the peak which is the ‘gateway to Cairns’, known as Walsh’s Pyramid. Well, you can see why, can’t you?

walshs-pyramidThis remarkable peak is the location of one of the most gruelling mountain runs in the southern Hemisphere. It’s 922 metres or 3,025 feet high, and the run consists of 6 km (3.7 miles) of road and 6km of sheer mountain; up, and then down again at headlong speed. If you’re interested, you can go here to read the history, stats and records for the race. And why do they do it? Because it’s there….

We did a fair bit more than I’ve documented here, but it’ll have to wait for another day.



30 thoughts on “Miz Lizzie Adventures: Waterfalls, Weather and Walsh’s Pyramid

  1. kathyreeves says:

    Love that rain picture. I’ve seen that happen in the Rockies here in the States, and it is always awe inspiring to see!

  2. Kathy D says:

    What a beautiful country you have! Love the waterfalls.

  3. Clare says:

    These are just gorgeous! And now you’ve got me hungry for curry….

  4. claire93 says:

    first Miz Lizzie’s waterworks, then the waterfalls . . . and rain . . . this trip does seem to be following a theme ^^

  5. tialys says:

    Looks like a fine adventure and a great opportunity for some alliteration at the same time 🙂

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Stunning pictures and you can’t beat a top notch curry.

    • katechiconi says:

      No indeed, a good curry is above rubies. What they make here is better than anything I can get at home, nearly as good as my favourite curry house in London…

  7. dayphoto says:

    Your rain photos are outstanding! Love the waterfalls.

  8. magpiesue says:

    Wow, that first waterfall took my breath away. The third one is impressive too. When we lived in Texas we could see it raining a short distance away while we stayed dry as the proverbial bone. It never fails to amaze. Glad you’re having such a good trip – stay safe!

    • katechiconi says:

      The middle one is impressive too, but you can’t get down to the bottom to take a photo, the edges are too steep and the rock too slippery. The noise is deafening, though! With the clouds, what I enjoy is the contrast between hot blue tropical sky, palm trees, and whiteout rainfall, all in the same 100 yards…

  9. Walsh’s Pyramid looks like a green version of our holy mountain, Croagh Patrick.

  10. Conor Bofin says:

    Lovely waterfall pictures. One time in Tanzania, we sat outside my in-law’s house and experienced a deluge that soaked one half of the street and left the other totally dry. I walked across and pt my hand into the rain in the same way as one might in a bathroom shower. Amazing stuff.

  11. rutigt says:

    Thank you for telling us all about your trip. It´s so nice to read your posts and the photos……….you really have a beautiful nature there down under!

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