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.
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.
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.
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