Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Honkers-Kiwi-Aussie Tour: Day 34 Malanda, Queensland, Au

To the Malanda Falls Visitors Centre where the volunteers couldn't have been more helpful or friendlier. Watched a dvd about Australian Birds and learned a lot from the Centre's displays.

Malanda is on: "The Atherton Tablelands/Cairns Highlands is a blend of the best attractions of the wet tropics and the dry outback charm; a combination of nature and lifestyle at its finest. Among the World Heritage listed rainforests, national parks, mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls are some of Australia's richest agricultural lands, cattle country and charming small townships.
Biologists have described the spectacular rainforests of the Wet Tropics as the "greatest celebration of life on earth". The farm and grazing lands are "the food bowl" of far North Queensland - yielding a constant supply of fruit, vegetables and grains to local and export markets."
It is said that the Atherton Table Lands are the only place on earth where tea, coffee, milk and sugar are all produced.
Had lunch at the historic Malanda Hotel and decided to stay at the Motel there. The Malanda Hotel, built in 1911 claims to be the largest wooden structure in the Southern Hemisphere with its grand ballroom and staircase.
Met another Willmett genealogy collaborator, Jeanine, for tea and great conversation .

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