Days 9 to 11: Atherton Tablelands

After Tully, we headed to the Atherton Tablelands. We spend three nights there, during which time we saw a ton of stuff. We went to:
Millaa Millaa Falls, Malanda Falls, the Curtain Fig, Lake Barrine, Wooranooran National Park, Mobo Creek Crater, Chambers Eco-Lodge, Yungaburra.

Here are pictures in random order. You can click on the pic to go to a page that should tell you where the photo was taken (look in the Tags section to the right of the photo).

Eulamprus tigrinus
Eulamprus tigrinus

Eulamprus tigrinus
Eulamprus tigrinus

Carlia rubrigularis
Carlia rubrigularis

Eastern water skink (Eulamprus quoyii)
Eastern water skink (Eulamprus quoyii)

Saproscincus basiliscus
Saproscincus basiliscus asleep on vegetation

Saproscincus basiliscus
Saproscincus basiliscus asleep on vegetation

Prickly forest skink (Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae)
Prickly forest skink (Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae)

Prickly forest skink (Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae)
Prickly forest skink (Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae)

Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)
Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)

Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)
Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)

Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)
Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)

Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)
Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)

Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)
Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)

Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)
Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius cornutus)

Chameleon gecko (Carphodactylus laevis)
Chameleon gecko (Carphodactylus laevis)

Chameleon gecko (Carphodactylus laevis)
Chameleon gecko (Carphodactylus laevis)

Chameleon gecko (Carphodactylus laevis)
Chameleon gecko (Carphodactylus laevis)

Chameleon gecko (Carphodactylus laevis)
Chameleon gecko (Carphodactylus laevis)

Spotted tree monitor (Varanus scalaris)
Spotted tree monitor (Varanus scalaris) (AKA Varanus similis)

Eastern water dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii)
Eastern water dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii)

Eastern water dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii)
Eastern water dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii) asleep on streamside vegetation

Boyd's forest dragon (Hypsilurus boydii)
Boyd’s forest dragon (Hypsilurus boydii)

Boyd's forest dragon (Hypsilurus boydii)
Boyd’s forest dragon (Hypsilurus boydii)

Boyd's forest dragon (Hypsilurus boydii)
Boyd’s forest dragon (Hypsilurus boydii)

Boyd's forest dragon (Hypsilurus boydii)
Boyd’s forest dragon (Hypsilurus boydii)

Keelback (Tropidonophis mairi)
Keelback (Tropidonophis mairi)

Slaty-grey snake (Stegonotus cucullatus)
Slaty-grey snake (Stegonotus cucullatus)

Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)
Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)

Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)
Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)

Jungle carpet python (Morelia spilota cheynei)
Jungle carpet python (Morelia spilota cheynei)

Waterfall frog (Litoria nannotis)
Litoria nannotis

Litoria jungguy
Litoria jungguy

Litoria jungguy
Litoria jungguy

Orange-thighed frog (Litoria xanthomera)
Orange-thighed frog (Litoria xanthomera)

Common mist frog (Litoria rheocola)
Common mist frog (Litoria rheocola)

Orange-thighed frog (Litoria xanthomera)
Orange-thighed frog (Litoria xanthomera)

I really, really, really, REALLY, REALLY wanted to see a tree kangaroo. While I was out at night looking for them, I came close. On two occassions I heard a great big crash in the bushes just next to me, and then the rhythmic thump, thump, thump of a large arboreal macropod hopping away, but I didn’t get to see one. On our last night we went back to the Curtain Fig. After about 30 minutes of seeing nothing but possums and a feral cat, I shone my torch on the source of a loud rustle, only to be confronted with a tree roo bum!

Lumholtz tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzii)
Lumholtz tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzii)

I tried to position myself to get a better look, but I only managed to get a dodgy look at and photo of his face. I need to go back up there to find another one.

Lumholtz tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzii)
Lumholtz tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzii)

Giant white-tailed rat (Uromys caudimaculatus)
Giant white-tailed rat (Uromys caudimaculatus)

Musky rat-kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus)
Musky rat-kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus)

Red-legged pademelon (Thylogale stigmaticus)
Red-legged pademelon (Thylogale stigmaticus)

Long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)
Long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)

Long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)
Long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)

Sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps)
Sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps)

Feral cat
A feral cat

Whistle Stop Cafe, Yungaburra
The Whistle Stop Cafe at Yungaburra. Quite possible the best grilled focacia in the world (and no, spending the previous week eating nothing but instant noodles didn’t influence my opinion).

Next stop: Chillagoe

About Stewart Macdonald

I'm a wildlife ecologist living and working in Queensland, Australia. I spend most of my time in the bush finding and photographing wildlife.
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6 Responses to Days 9 to 11: Atherton Tablelands

  1. I love all of your posts and photos Stewart – but this post in particular – fantastic!!

  2. Ben says:

    Hey stewart, love these pics, I live on the atherton tablelands and I know you wouldnt give out your spots but I was wondering if you could give me some hints on finding them or even better the town so I have a head start on my search.

    Thanks heaps

  3. Hi Ben,

    Pretty much any patch of remnant vegetation up on the Tablelands will have some interesting things in it. There are a bunch of reserves up there (Malanda Falls, Millaa Millaa, Curtain Fig, etc) that are good places to start.

  4. Ben says:

    Thanks for the tips, where those chameleon geckos found around malanda falls?

  5. No, they were found on private property near Yungaburra.

  6. Ben says:

    All good mate, definitely dont expect you to give info out on these guys, I’m just going to put some hours in walking lake barine and malanda falls, hopefully I get lucky :)