Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls
There’s nothing better than a magnificent view of the tropical rainforest, and that’s what the Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and surrounds offer.
You can’t visit the Atherton Tablelands without doing the waterfall circuit! Each of the waterfalls is a classic cascade and unique in its way. You will marvel as they leap from the cliffs and plunge into the darkness of the pools below.
They offer a place to soak your body and purify your mind after a long hike on gorgeous rainforest trails. Below are a few of our favourites we believe are unmissable.
Millaa Millaa Falls
- S17° 29’44.2”
- E 145° 36’39.8”
By far the most popular of all the Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls. A favourite with tourists wanting to get that perfect photo to make all their friends at home envious. Surrounded by stunning rainforest, the water cascades down into a beautiful waterhole. Perfect for a dip to cool off.
Located close to Millaa Millaa. A truly breathtaking place. The tallest at 90 metres. Arguably the most impressive. The perfect place for a swim, with natural swimming pools above and below the falls.
- S17° 28’30.0”
- E 145° 39’20.7”
Regarded by some as the most beautiful. You can have a birds-eye view from the viewing platform on the waterfall circuit. It can be wet and slippery getting down to the bottom of the falls here. So only those with a certain level of fitness should attempt to do so.
- S17° 29’37.9
- E 145° 39’19.1
Thunders over a series of lava columns. You will enjoy a walk through the surrounding rainforest, where you will emerge at the base of these epic falls.
- S17° 33’04.2
- E 145° 41’51.8
Found in the Mount Hypipamee National Park. You will tick two spectacular locations off your list in one place. Mount Hypipamee is a crater lake with solid granite walls rising 58 metres above the surface. An awe-inspiring sight.
Malanda falls are on the North Johnstone River. The falls cascade over basalt rock formed by an ancient lava flow spread from the Mount Hypipamee area. Sandy beaches at the lower end of the pool make it an excellent place for children to enjoy a paddle.
You can also go deeper into the Malanda Falls rainforest and see it through the eyes of the local Ngadjon people on the Rainforest Dreaming guided walk. An ideal educational excursion for all the family.
Millstream Falls is three kilometres from the township of Ravenshoe. Big Millstream Falls is by all accounts the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. You can get there on the paved walking track to view these magnificent falls and the open woodland vegetation.
Win Din Falls
- S 17° 20’49.6″
- E 145° 43’47.3″
First, take in the spectacular views from the top of Win Din Falls.
How to get to Win Din Falls
Take a left hand turn into Topaz Road between Lake Eacham and Malanda. Drive for 7.5 kilometres, turn left at the old Cairns track, continue straight on as the road becomes a single lane track, and Gourka Road veers to the right 4WD is recommended as the track can be quite boggy in the wet. The following 4 kilometres is an access road. The road is rough; about 4.75 kilometres later, at a fork in the track, turn right, 250 metres look for an arrow that has been carved into a tree marking the path that leads down to the falls.
A trio of lakes on the Atherton Tablelands are incredible for their natural beauty.
Lake Tinaroo is a human-made marvel and is one of the three most extensive water storage in Queensland. This lake supplies water from the Barron River to local farming and supplements the Barron Gorge Hydro-Electricity Station.
Here you will find a sanctuary for birdwatchers with more than 200 recorded species to keep you enthralled. The more adventurous can hike through the lush rainforest or ride mountain bikes on the many kilometres of tracks around the Lake Tinaroo none. Fishing is also popular on Lake Tinaroo.
There are a variety of accommodation options to suit everyone. Pitch a tent or park your motor home on camping grounds on the shore or pamper yourself and stay in a luxurious resort.
Not far from Yungaburra and features a deep crater lake surrounded by cool lush rainforest. Two massive volcanic explosions formed part of the Crater Lakes National Park.
Here you can take a short stroll to the giant bull kauri trees. Stretch your legs on the longer 5 km track around the lake. Keep an eye out for rainforest animals, or paddle a canoe on the smooth surface looking for fish, turtles, eels and waterbirds.
You can even join one of the informative lake cruises. Enjoy afternoon tea in the privately-owned teahouse.
Yet another spectacular crater lake. Enjoy the serene blue water surrounded by lush rainforest. You can take a refreshing dip or wander the viewing decks for uninterrupted water views here. A 3 km walk on a shaded circuit around the 50ha area includes wildlife and bird watching opportunities.
A shorter children’s walk of 1.4 km starts from the arrival area. Visitors can also paddle a kayak or canoe on the lake’s smooth waters, watched by curious turtles and schools of fish below.
While visiting the Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls, visit the Curtain Fig Tree as part of your meandering around Yungaburra township.
The large tree is unique because the extensive aerial roots, dropping 15m to the forest floor, have formed a ‘curtain’. Starting from a seed dropped high in the canopy, this strangler fig grew roots, which gradually became thicker and interwoven.
The tree is estimated to be over 500 years old and is an impressive sight.
Mt Hypipamee Crater Lake
- S 17°25’41.1″
- E 145° 29’10.2″
Mt Hypipamee National Park entrance is on the Kennedy Highway
How to get to Mt Hypipamee Crater Lake
Twenty-five kilometres south of Atherton. An 800-metre track leads from the car park to the Crater. There is a BBQ picnic area and toilets in the car park.