Possum Valley is located off the Kennedy Highway about 30 kms south of Atherton. From Atherton take the Kennedy Hwy (Hwy #1) south and signposted Ravenshoe. About 28 kms from Atherton is a prominently signposted turn-off to the right marked “Ravenshoe via Tumoulin”. The road to Possum Valley is exactly opposite on the left. There are signs for Possum Valley at the junction.
From the south, take the Palmeston Highway to the Tablelands marked “Ravenshoe, Atherton, Herberton” etc. It is 4 kms north of Innisfail off the Bruce Hwy. Go through Milla Milla for about 3 kms and take a prominently marked turn to the left marked “Ravenshoe and Herberton”. After about 15 kms, it comes to a T-junction with the Kennedy Hwy. Turn right towards “Herberton and Atherton” . After about 5 kms there is a turn-off to the left marked “Ravenshoe via Tumoulin”. The road to Possum Valley is directly opposite on the right. There are signs to Possum Valley at that Junction.
I advise against using Google maps to navigate to Possum Valley. There are many errors such as roads that don’t exist, misnamed roads, roads shown to connect but don’t etc. Some of these errors involve Possum Valley and have led many people astray. I have contacted Google as they have a “report errors” button, However not even an automated reply and no corrections.
The road in is a gravel road about 4 kms long. It is negotiable to 2-wheel drive vehicles throughout the year as rain makes little difference. The last 200m is a steep hill which causes problems for a few vehicles when departing. The vehicles which struggle are large with front wheel drive such as the Toyota Terago which was evidently designed by an accountant. Small front-wheel drives such as city cars have little problem. The best speed for 2 wheel-drives to negotiate the hill is about 20kms/hr in first gear. 4 wheel-drives can go at any speed they fancy. Sometimes utes/duel cabs with no load in the back have a problem. I can assist the driver very effectively by just sitting in the back of the tray. If your vehicle is fitted with ‘traction control’, the worst device ever inflicted on a car, you are advised to learn how to turn it off. Very rare, and as a last resort for the most hopeless of vehicles, I have 100% success towing with my 4WD. Even a 30 seater bus with a five ton trailer, and a misfiring engine.
Your host, Paul, has 30 years experience with this hill and provides a chauffeur service for the dubious. Every vehicle in 23 years and 30,000 guests has made it back to civilization. For the very dubious, I sometimes lend my 4WD drive by leaving it at the top of the hill for the guests to park and change vehicle. No trouble, no charge
Driving time to Possum Valley from:-
Cairns – 2 hrs
Innisfail – 80 mins
Atherton – 35 mins
Ravenshoe – 20 mins
For a view of the property from Google Earth the coordinates are:-
Lat S 17.477817
Long E 145.498667
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