(Crater National Park)
Photo: Courtesy of Naturalist Guide Damon Ramsey
- The Crater and Dinner Falls are located about 30km from Atherton on the Kennedy Highway.
- Just over the Barron River, the turnoff to these two natural attractions is on the right.
- Mount Hypipamee National Park is the only park that protects high altitude rainforest, unlike any other National Park on the Atherton tableland.
- The Crater is the remains of what is believed to have been the only explosion pipe of this volcanically active area between 10 and15, 000 years ago.
- The volcanic bedrock in the vicinity has caused the variation on the form of soil types that have evolved.
- The change in soil type influences the vegetation it supports and the diversity of animals which are supported by it.
- As a result, this area has become renowned for its numerous arboreal (tree dwelling), species.
- There is much interesting information about the crater and its surrounds, presented on an information board at the beginning of the 800m return walk.
- The walk to the crater is well maintained and has been bituminised.
- This makes for easy walking and wheel chair access .
- The crater itself is astounding in size and is worth the short walk.
- On your return from the crater, there is a path which leads down to the Dinner Falls. These falls are on the Barron River.
- An information board located close to the beginning of the walk traces the path of the river from its beginnings in the Great Dividing Range, through the Atherton Tablelands and out to the Pacific Ocean.