Atherton Tablelands

Waterfalls & Waterways Trail

The Atherton Tablelands is a natural wonderland filled with waterfalls and swimming holes, crater lakes and pristine flowing streams.

Start: Kuranda (northern) or Innisfail/Millaa Millaa (southern)

Duration: 2 – 4 days

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Barron FallsBarron Falls

An elevated, wheelchair-accessible (with assistance) 1.2 klm return (40 minutes) boardwalk suspended high above the forest floor winds through lush, rainforest canopy to the Barron Falls lookouts and Barron Falls railway platform. Enjoy views over the gorge and spectacular Barron Falls.

Location: Barron Falls Road, Kuranda

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Davies Creek Falls

The Davies Creek circuit is a 1.1 klm (20 minutes) walk through woodland to lookouts where you can watch the spectacular Davies Creek Falls plunge 75 metres into the value below.  Start from the Davies Creek Falls circuit car park.

Location: Kennedy Highway, approximately 13 klms from Mareeba

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Emerald Creek FallsEmerald Creek Falls

Emerald Creek rushes out of the rainforest-clad heights of the Lamb Range and down into open eucalypt woodland.

Location: Emerald Creek Falls day-use area in Dinden West Forest Reserve, 15km south east of Mareeba.

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Chillagoe Weir

Chillagoe Weir

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the shady paperbark trees at the waters edge.

Visit The Hub in the centre of town to pick up a map of the “swimming hole”.

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Lake Tinaroo

Lake Tinaroo is a very popular spot for swimmers, skiers, walkers, fishing (permit required), red clawing, ideal for picnics with barbecues available and has five camping areas located around the back of the dam in the Danbulla State Forest. Tinaroo has developed into one of the region’s most popular tourist locations that has so much to offer everyone.

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Lake BarrineLake Barrine

This popular park features a deep crater lake surrounded by cool lush rainforest.

Location: Lake Barrine Road, Yungaburra

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Lake EachamLake Eacham

A serene blue lake surrounded by lush rainforest, Lake Eacham in part of Crater Lakes National Park.

Take a refreshing dip and then relax in the shade, or wander along the viewing decks for uninterrupted water views.

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Mount Hypipamee Crater

Meander along a 800 metre return (30 minutes) rainforest track and emerge at the viewing platform overlooking the sheer granite walls of the crater.

Dinner Falls is a mix of three waterfalls that display plunge, segmented and cascade characteristics on the upper Barron River.

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Malanda FallsMalanda Falls

Malanda Falls, on the North Johnstone River, tumbles over basalt rock formed by an ancient lava flow that spread from the Mount Hypipamee area 15km away.

Location: On the Malanda–Atherton Road, 1 km from Malanda.

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Millaa Millaa FallsMillaa Millaa Falls

Millaa Millaa Falls are magnificent waterfalls surrounded by lush rainforest located on the Waterfalls Circuit, along with Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls.

The falls cascade perfectly to a pristine waterhole below where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool water.

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Zillie FallsZillie Falls

Zillie Falls are spectacular falls with a lovely viewing platform at the base of the falls where you can enjoy a view of the cascading water and rapids.

Location: Theresa Creek Road, Millaa Millaa

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Elinjaa FallsElinjaa Falls

Access to the base of the falls is via a walking track leading from the picnic area and car park on Theresa Creek Road.

Location: Theresa Creek Road, Millaa Millaa

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Wet Tropics Nandroya FallsNandroya Falls

Nandroya Falls Circuit is part of a network of walks in the Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park.

Location: Henrietta Creek camping area, Palmerston Highway, Millaa Millaa

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Millstream FallsMillstream Falls

Millstream Falls is reputedly Australia’s widest single-drop waterfall.  The falls flow over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow, a legacy of the Atherton Tableland’s volcanic past.

Location: Kennedy Highway, Ravenshoe

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Mena Creek Falls

The magnificent Mena Creek Falls and home to Paronella Park.

Location: Mena Creek-Jappoon Road, Mena Creek

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Tchupalla Falls

Tchupala Falls is part of a network of walks in the Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park situated on the Palmerston Highway, midway between Innisfail and Millaa Millaa

Location: Palmerston Highway, Innisfail

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