Waterfalls & Lakes
Fresh Water Playgrounds | Perfect Cascades
- The Waterfall Circuit
- Barron Falls
- Lakes Eacham, Barrine and Tinaroo
- Lake Koombooloomba
Here in the Wet Tropics, water falls out of the sky often. Luckily the rivers and streams cascading from the highlands to the coast spill over terrain that creates natural features in the popular forms of the shimmering lakes and cascading waterfalls which are the stand-out attractions of the region.
This is the home of the highly recommended Waterfall Circuit, which begins near Millaa Millaa on the Palmerston Highway. Follow the scenic Theresa Creek Road to the fairy-tale drop of Millaa Millaa Falls, the region’s popular emblem and the most photographed waterfall of all. Drive on to Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls, and visit Mungalli Falls. On the way to Ravenshoe visit Souita and Pepina Falls and Australia’s widest waterfall, the Millstream Falls, is located 5 kilometres past the township. Continue to Little Millstream Falls and Koombooloomba Dam, an excellent spot for camping and fishing.
Dinner Falls is located inside the Mt Hypipamee National Park, also home of the Mt Hypipamee Crater, a geological oddity which has resulted in a very deep hole. At Malanda, take a refreshing stop at Malanda Falls where the North Johnstone River runs over a wide lava flow into a year round swimming pool.
The Davies Creek National Park contains a series of pools and waterfalls fed by Davies Creek. The biggest of all the waterfalls can be found in Kuranda. Spectacular all year round, the majestic Barron Falls is at its awesome best during the Green season. Barron Falls is the grand-daddy of the region’s waterfalls and the one you won’t want to miss!
The Crater Lakes: Barrine & Eacham
The twin volcanic crater lakes of Barrine and Eacham are tranquil pools of water fringed by rainforest. At Lake Barrine, take a cruise to spot wildlife and enjoy a break at the quaint 80 year old teahouse which serves excellent Devonshire teas. At Lake Eacham, a long stretch of grassy lawn meets the lake’s edge and there are BBQs, picnic areas, an all-weather shelter and toilets. Guests at the neighbouring wildlife rainforest lodge enjoy free nocturnal animal viewings each evening. The lakes are approximately 65 metres deep and thought to be around 10,000 years old.
Hydro Dam Lakes
Lake Tinaroo’s large expanse was created back in the 1950’s by damming the Barron River. Recreational use of the beautiful lake is high and the campgrounds are very popular with locals seeking to escape the humidity of the coast during the warmer months. Visitors here have great accommodation choices – there’s both an excellent holiday park and a luxury lakeside resort. Lake Koombooloomba was built in 1961 on the Tully River system and is an excellent fishing and camping getaway spot. From Ravenshoe, follow Tully Falls Road to the end (take care as it is unsuitable for caravans).