We Found Trevathan Falls and Some Old Mines





We left the rainforest and headed back North to the Mt Amos road. This track follows Trevathan Ck and then runs into the end of the Black Trevathan Range. This range is also famous as being home to Kalkajaka, or Black Mountain. The Black Mountain National Parks lies on the Nth Western end of the range. These mountains consist of huge granite boulders, most of them being jet black & piled up as high as 465 metres. There is a Dreamtime story or two about Kalkajaka (home of evil spirits), but it is a special mens story & can’t be told here.

We drove as far along Mt Amos Road as we could, then back tracked, looking for a familiar landmark.  However, there has been a lot of mining going on over the past 30 years and this landscape has changed considerably. So much so that there is a 4WD track running all the way to Trevathan Falls.  In 1982 a mate and I walked up the creek in the dry season & ‘found’ these falls. I remember that barely a trickle was running over the huge granite
Rock  that makes up part of these falls. When Tina and I walked the trail up to these falls on Sunday, they were roaring! The wind and mist were blowing the trees crazily. There was no possibility of taking a photo because it was just too wet! We’ll go back again soon and try though. These falls are pretty cool.
We stopped overnight near the falls with plans to head back to Cooktown early Monday morning.
Monday morning was wet and rainy. We figured the creeks might be up a bit, so did some more exploring for my old campsite. I think we got close but really need to have a serious hunt around. The old Serem mine is long gone & other mines have been and gone, so I don’t have any base to start my hunt. We’ll find it one day.

We eventually got back to town around lunchtime. We dropped into Garys place and said hi. Then we headed out to Finch Bay again for the night.

The photos at top are random pics from the Mt Amos area. Some are geotagged for your Google Earthing pleasure.



  1. twistyman said,

    April 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Hi guys…

    i had to laugh at the “how much its changed in 30 years”…

    damn I stay home a week and I get lost 1 mile around my place it changes so much…

    and now I go to Montreal and it may as be Dubai…

    Hows Jimmy holding up…???

    the “gang” were asking about you guys yesterday, so i gave them G bus link to come see their Damn Aussies and say hi…

    be well..be happy, and most of all..be safe..

    love you both..

    • Tina said,

      April 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

      Some lovely country around that area too, but it’s a bit too close to Black Mountain for my liking. Amazing mountains of big black granite rocks, some as big as a house. But it feels like a bad place to me. Every time we drive past I pray that Jimmy doesn’t break down. Stories tell of many people who have gone exploring and been lost. But I can’t tell you its’ real story… it’s a special men’s place and is a men’s story so I shouldn’t know it.

      Jimmy is doing really well, considering. Even his lights have started working again after the night in the rainforest. Don’t ask me why or how. He was rejuvenated by the magic of the forest, I think.

      And to those boys… don’t be shy guys. We miss you all. Say hello some time. Xxx

  2. Nikki said,

    September 10, 2011 at 10:20 am

    So beautiful!

    • Brad said,

      September 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      It is far more beautiful than the photos can show. The temperature where we were sitting was probably 22 degrees with a gentle breeze created by the falls. The temperature at the campsite was about 29 with a breeze. A litlte Eden for birds and butterflies. There are big fish in the rock pools too.

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