Mount Hypipamee Crater

017MOUNT HYPIPAMEE CRATER

 

The Mount Hypipamee Crater (also known as ‘The Crater’) is located 25 Kms south of Atherton. From the car park, a well maintained, 400-meter wheelchair friendly walking track leads to a viewing platform showing an uninterrupted view of the almost 70-meter wide crater with sheer granite walls. The track can also be walked as a circuit, but this is not wheelchair friendly and includes Dinners Falls. The area is a popular location for night spotting with several species of possum and Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos.

 

Geology

The Crater is a huge volcanic pipe that was formed by a gaseous explosion that blasted half a million tons of basalt. Interestingly, these types of volcanic events are often associated with the creation of diamonds. This dramatic crater is 60 meters to a water surface covered in duckweed then another 75 meters to the floor of the crater.

History

The initial discovery by Europeans was by accident when in 1879 a group on a gold prospecting expedition almost fell into it. In 1930 it was decided to name the crater Mount Hypipamee, an aboriginal word associated with local Aboriginal Dreamtime. It was once thought that the crater was connected to Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine via water tunnels but this has been disproved and is thought to have originated from Aboriginal Dreamtime stories.

To learn more, have a look at the Perentie Tours home page

 

About Gary Bondeson

Gary has been directly involved in tourism in Far North Queensland since the 1990’s. His passion for the area was inspired by the rich history and many points of interest concentrated in the region and felt a strong desire to share this with others. Gary is heavily involved with tourism development and even co-hosted an episode of the popular travel show 'The Great Outdoors’ with Tom Williams showing the limestone caves of Chillagoe located 200kms west of Cairns. After being away for 5 years, Gary has now returned to the area that he holds so dear to his heart to share his knowledge and experience with those who wish to have a Fair Dinkum Ozzy experience.

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