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 their 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
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.
Regarded by some as the most beautiful. Located on the waterfall circuit, you can have a birds-eye view from the viewing platform. 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.
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.
Located close to Milla Milla. 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.
Found in the Mount Hypipamee National Park. You will tick two spectacular locations off your list in the one place. Mount Hypipamee is a crater lake, with solid granite walls rising 58 metres above the surface. An awe-inspiring sight. Keep an eye out for the Southern Cassowary and Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. You can find both unique species in this fantastic location.
Situated on the North Johnstone River. The falls cascade over basalt rock formed by an ancient lava flow that 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.
Located 3 km 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.
There’s a trio of lakes on the Atherton Tablelands that are incredible for their natural beauty.
An hour from Mareeba and a human-made marvel. Protected from the winds and oppressive humidity of the lower regions. Tinaroo Dam is one of the three largest water storages in Queensland. Supplying water from the Barron River to local farming and supplementing the Barron Gorge Hydro-Electricity Station.
It’s a sanctuary for birdwatchers with more than 200 recorded species to keep you enthralled. The more adventurous can hike through lush rainforest or ride mountain bikes on the many kilometres of tracks around the dam. Also, fishing is second to none.
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 Yungabuurra and features a deep crater lake surrounded by cool lush rainforest. Part of the Crater Lakes National Park, it was formed by two massive volcanic explosions.
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. Here you can take a refreshing dip or wander the viewing decks for uninterrupted water views. There is a 3 km walk on a shaded circuit around the 50ha area and 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 smooth waters of the lake, watched by curious turtles and schools of fish below.
While visiting the Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls, and as part of your meandering around Yungaburra township, check out the Curtain Fig Tree. 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 to behold.