Queensland’s highest town (915m)
Home of Win’s Gallery, 2 Ethel Street, Ravenshoe
Ravenshoe, home of Win’s Gallery, at 915 m (3000”) is Queensland’s highest town. The town’s population is about 1000, with about 2000 in the surrounding countryside. The altitude means the climate is mostly pleasantly cool in summer although winter usually brings a few frosty mornings to the tropics. The wind farm provides clean energy to half the Tablelands.
The town is situated where the high rainforest meets the savannah, with a variety of micro climates and vegetation types. Twelve species of possum can be found within ten kilometers of the town.
The Millstream, with two easily accessible waterfalls, the Millstream Falls and the more intimate Little Millstream Falls, has provided Win with many subjects. Thirty kilometers to the west, Innot Hot Springs provides naturally heated mineral springs to relax the travelers. A number of walking tracks, the Misty Mountain Trails, allow the more adventurous to experience the rainforest views.
In the town are two historic pubs, built when Ravenshoe was a timber town; the Ravenshoe Hotel and the Club Hotel/Motel. Accommodation is also provided by the Kool Moon Motel and beyond the town there are two bed and breakfast cottages; the Pond Cottage, Chilverton Cottages. Two supermarkets are open seven days, while the Popular Cafe provides delicious meals in an old style cafe. Behind the RAVENSHOE VISITORS CENTRE is the Nganyaji Interpretive Centre, which provides an insight into an almost forgotten indigenous culture.
Ravenshoe is approximately two hours drive from Cairns. The best time to visit is in October, when the town celebrates with the fortnight long Torimba Festival. The centerpiece of this is the Festival of the Forests, a splendid woodcraft display which has been going for over forty years and attracts from all over Australia. The Festival opens on the first Saturday in October.
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