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The Tully Gorge is west of Tully in Far North Queensland Australia.
This photo was an attempt to show rain forest that hasn’t been cleared and that is still in its close to natural state. I’m sure if you examined it closely you may find some evedence of human interference – but I am not aware of any.
The Atherton Tableland is on the other side of the Gorge from where this photo was taken. I almost went to a lookout about 30 km from Ravenshoe that looked over the Tully Gorge from the top but it was raining and I decided to wait until I visit again during dry weather.
It was raining today when I went for a drive to Tully Gorge from Tully. The gorge was carved by the Tully River which begins at the bottom of the Tully Falls.
Unfortunately, Tully Falls is no longer a waterfall as it has been turned into a hydro electric power station. The Kareeya Power Station. Apparently there is a dam and a weir at the top of the falls and the water has been diverted to run inside the mountain where it is used to generate electricity.
Fortunately the Tully River is still there and it is a popular spot for white water rafting. I was about 40 km from Tully when I took this photo (not sure exactly how far).
The rainforest is still showing some of the effects of Cyclone Yasi. The cyclone happened a year before this photo was taken. In the worst affected areas it stripped all leaves and most branches from the trees. The trees are rapidly recovering, but the long branches are missing and bare trunks can be seen everywhere. It has a ‘moth eaten’ type of appearnce from a distance.
Taken with Sony compact camera