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Chasing waterfalls up north

Chasing waterfalls up north

After working up a sweat on a hike through one of Queensland’s many incredible rainforests, there’s nothing better than happening upon a tumbling waterfall. Queensland has plenty of waterfalls just waiting to be explored – the hardest part is deciding where to go!

Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge can be found in Springbrook National Park, a part of the World Heritage–listed Gondwana Rainforests. Gaze in wonder at the tranquil waterfall as it flows through the roof of the magnificent basalt cave.

This waterfall is relatively easy to access, with parking available at Nerang Murwillumbah Road. Take your time on the one-kilometre circuit walk and allow yourself to truly appreciate the beauty of the subtropical rainforest as you approach the waterfall.

Wallaman Falls

Wallaman Falls, located within the breathtaking Girringun National Park, are nothing short of spectacular. Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall can be viewed from a dedicated lookout, with a second lookout providing panoramic views of the Herbert River Valley.

Pop your walking shoes on and explore one of the short walking tracks that surround the falls. Or, if you’re up for a bit more, Wallaman Falls is conveniently located in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Wet Tropics Great Walks are just waiting to be discovered.

These walks include the 38.3-kilometre Gugigugi (Butterfly) Walk and the mammoth 56.8-kilometre Jagany (Goanna) Walk, among others. Along the way, you’ll be treated to stunning views of waterfalls, gorges and a range of native flora and fauna. What could be better?

Waterfalls Circuit

If tumbling falls are what you’re after, then look no further! Just over 100 kilometres from Cairns, the Waterfalls Circuit begins. On the circuit you’ll be treated to views so spectacular you’ll never want to leave.

Start off at Millaa Millaa Falls and you’ll quickly understand why the 18-metre falls are the most photographed in Australia. From here, it’s a quick 8-kilometre drive to Zillie Falls, where you can enjoy a relaxing picnic with the calming sounds of the falls in the background. To finish off the track, hit the road and make your way to Ellinjaa Falls and watch the water tumble dramatically over the cliff face’s lava columns. Keep your eyes peeled for the turtles and platypuses that can sometimes be spotted in the water below!

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