Chasing Waterfalls around Port Douglas
Chasing Waterfalls around Port Douglas
Exploring the great outdoors of Far North Queensland just wouldn’t be complete without an epic day trip to one of the many magnificent waterfalls that are scattered throughout the coast and hinterlands. While most travelers visit this tropical paradise for a taste of the Great Barrier Reef or the ancient Daintree Rainforest, a road trip adventure spent chasing waterfalls is an absolute must for anyone’s FNQ agenda!
There are countless possibilities when it comes to waterfall escapades in the tropics, so we’ve listed here only the best – now you can simply jump in the car and go enjoy the fun stuff!
Have some time to spare during your getaway? Make a day of it and travel to three extraordinary waterfalls within a famous Atherton tablelands circuit.
Nestled within an abundance of breathtaking greenery lies the 18-metre Millaa Millaa falls and it’s surrounding pristine waterhole. ‘Millaa Millaa’ is a phrase of the Mamu Aboriginal people that refers to the rainforest vine Elaeagnus Triflora, which encompasses this little slice of paradise. Set up for a picnic on the grass before jumping in for a refreshing dip beneath the heavenly falls.
The next stop on the list is the remarkable Zillie falls! Wander through the rainforest for a short while before arriving at the best seat in the house – a viewing platform that’s located at the base of the waterfall. It’s an ideal spot to snap plenty of lovely photos and watch Mother Nature do what she does best – keep your eyes out for the speedy Flying Foxes that often make an appearance in the area.
Another 3km down the road from Zillie, you’ll discover the magnificent Ellinjaa falls and experience the vibrant scenery that surrounds the cascades. If you’re ready for a midway lunch break, make use of the BBQ facilities that are available near the car park. Take a stroll down through the forest for another view of the falls along with some blissful flowing streams.
While Stoney Creek is usually viewed from the Kuranda Scenic Railway, an exciting hike will be the next best thing to reach these glorious falls for any outdoor adventurers! It’s time to get out in nature and rock hop through the phenomenal Barron Gorge National Park to this one of a kind destination. Feel free to take the trail path if rock hopping isn’t for you – there are plenty of divine swimming locations to enjoy along the way.
The incredible Josephine Falls is situated an hour south of Cairns and is the ultimate place to relax and unwind on an unbearably hot day up north. This place is a tropical oasis which is enveloped by Mount Bartle Frere – QLD’s highest mountain range. Swim and play all day long and be sure to try the awesome natural slide that’s always a massive crowd favourite! A little further along the track you’ll find another fantastic viewing platform that shows off more gorgeous cascades and pools.
Boasting spectacular sights that cannot be missed, the grand Barron Falls is most famous for it’s roaring gorge throughout the wet season that can be seen from an impressive observation boardwalk beneath the Skyrail in Cairns. Although there’s no swimming at this location, you’ll take a scenic drive up the range before walking through a lively rainforest where you’ll come face to face with this inspiring natural wonder. Go for a ride in a Skyrail carriage for an outstanding bird’s-eye view!
If you were waiting and wishing to hear about the best hidden gem in the area, travelling to Emerald Creek just outside of Mareeba will definitely treat you well. This is a brilliant place to get a little bit of exercise in, as you’ll need to trek 2km through the eucalypt woodlands before reaching your reward – the stunning falls and a swimming hole to revitalise and cool off! There are several lagoons along the way where you can stop for a dip or a bite to eat.