A Day Out at Lake Tinaroo

Aerial view of Lake TinarooThe Atherton Tablelands are the perfect place to escape Cairns city life. Amongst the ancient landscape, there are plenty of incredible natural wonders to admire, including Lake Tinaroo.

The picturesque body of water is a hotspot for swimmers, skiers, and walkers, and there are plenty of places to have a picnic and a barbecue around the edge on the banks.

Today, Tinaroo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area, with plenty to offer all kinds of visitors. As well as watersports and walking the trails that crisscross around the edge of the lake, you can try your hand at fishing, red clawing, and bird watching. There are tons of species to encounter in and around the lake, so keep your eyes peeled when you’re in the area.Water sking in Lake Tinaroo

For the less active traveller, there’s the opportunity to take a stroll out along the jetty and kick back and relax at one of the numerous picnic spots in the area.

The lake itself is almost the size of Sydney Harbour and was originally built back in the late 1950s to irrigate kilometres of agricultural land between the areas of Mareeba and Dimbulah.

It is now a firm favourite amongst keen anglers thanks to its collection of incredibly big barramundi. Every year in October, fishermen descend on the lake to take part in The Tinaroo Barra Bash, a barramundi fishing competition that can net you a $10,000 prize if you catch the largest fish.

Lake TinarooThe Town Under Tinaroo
There are rumours circulating in the region that there is town underneath Tinaroo. The Lake was filled too soon after completion, which meant that the nearby town of Kulara had to be abandoned once the waters started to rise.

These days, the lake is predominantly enjoyed by locals and tourists who head to the pretty surroundings to try boating and watersports. As well as numerous companies that offer these services, there is also a campground and toilet facilities close by. Just around the corner, you’ll find and shop for supplies so you have everything you need to enjoy a day in this part of Austrlalia.

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life in Cairns, a trip to Lake Tinaroo might just be what the doctor ordered. The relaxing scenery combined with the eclectic selection of activities and sights makes it a great place to kick back, relax, and take a breather.

Exploring Millaa Millaa Falls on the Waterfalls Circuit

Millaa Millaa FallsThe Tablelands region of Queensland, Australia, boasts a collection of picturesque waterfalls that break up the unique landscape. Here, visitors amble from one watering hole to the next, enjoying refreshing plunge pools and charming scenery as they go.

Millaa Millaa Falls is one of the best-loved waterfalls in the area, and can be found at Theresa Creek Road. The heritage-listed site was named on the Queensland Heritage Register on the 5th December 2005, and remains an important visitor hotspot for those looking to explore the history and natural beauty of this part of Australia.

The falls themselves are located alongside the pretty town of Millaa Millaa on the sprawling expanse of the Atherton Tableland. The name “Millaa Millaa” is translated from a MaMu Aboriginal phrase that refers to the impressive Elaeagnus Triflora, a unique rainforest vine that sprouts fruit between May and February.

Today, the falls are a firm favourite amongst international tour operators, with the 18.3-metre-high falls drawing in a substantial number of people every year. The pool that sits at the base of the waterfall is ideal for swimming and cooling off in after a day exploring in the warm Australian sun.

The scenery surrounding Millaa Millaa Falls is impressive too, with lush rainforest scenes unfolding in every direction. This forms part of the Waterfalls Circuit in the Tablelands, which is made complete with the Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls.

As well as admiring the cascading flow of the falls, visitors can explore the surrounding landscape, spotting quirky Australian flora and fauna as they go. millaa 3

If hunger strikes, there is a quaint grassy area ideal for picnics and relaxing in the serene surroundings. But don’t forget to bring your camera, as the Falls are one of the most photographed in the entirety of Australia. And, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might even be able to spot an elusive platypus as it hunts for its daily meal.

Facilities at Millaa Millaa Falls
There are enough facilities at Millaa Millaa Falls that mean you can make an afternoon or even a whole day of it. As well as the natural swimming spot, there are barbecue and picnic areas, as well as changing rooms and toilets.

millaa millaa JennyA trip to the Tablelands isn’t complete without exploring the Waterfalls Circuit, and Millaa Millaa is one of the most impressive cascading falls on the route. Its pretty surroundings and eclectic mix of nature and history makes it the perfect spot to spend the day.

Pickup Locations: 1 & 2 Day Atherton Tablelands Tour

Location Address Time
Acacia Court Hotel 223/227 Esplanade, Cairns 7:40am
Aspect Central 209 Sheridan Street, Cairns 7:30am
Asylum Cairns Backpackers 149 Grafton Street, Cairns 7:40am
Bay Village Lake St & Gatton St, Cairns North 7:40am
Bohemia Resort 231 McLeod St, Cairns North 7:30am
Cairns Aquarius Apartments 107 Esplanade, Cairns City 7:50am
Cairns City Motel Poinsettia 169 Lake St, Cairns City 7:40am
Cairns Central Plaza  255/257-259 Lake St, Cairns North 7:40am
Cairns City Backpackers  274 Draper St, Cairns City 8:10am
Cairns Colonial Club 18-26 Cannon St, Manunda 7:20am
Cairns Harbour Lights 1 Marlin Parade, Cairns City 8:00am
Cairns Holiday Park 12-30 Little St, Manunda 7:30am
Cairns Girls Hostel 147 Lake St, Cairns City 7:50am
Cairns Holiday Lodge 259 Sheridan St, Cairns North 7:30am
Cairns Plaza Hotel 145 Esplanade, Cairns City 7:50am
Cairns Queenslander 267 Lake St, Cairns City 7:40am
Cairns Rainbow Resort 179 Sheridan St, Cairns City 7:30am
Cairns Sheridan Hotel 295 Sheridan St, Cairns City 7:30am
Cairns Villa & Leisure Park 28 Pease St, Manoora 7:20am
Calypso 5 – 9 Digger St, Cairns North 7:40am
Caravella 149 149 Esplanade, Cairns City 7:50am
Caravella’s Central 72 Grafton St, Cairns City 8:00am
Cascade Gardens 175 Lake St, Cairns City 7:40am
Castaway Backpackers 207 Sheridan St, Cairns City 7:30am
Citysider Apartments 17A Upward St, Cairns City 7:30am
City Terraces 63-65 McLeod St, Cairns City 7:30am
Comfort Inn 183 Lake St, Cairns City 7:40am
Coral Towers 255 Esplanade, Cairns City 7:40am
Coral Tree Inn 166-172 Grafton St, Cairns City 8:00am
Double Tree by Hilton 121-123 Esplanade, Cairns City 7:50am
Dreamtime Travelers Rest 189 Bunda St, Parramatta Park 8:10am
Floriana Guest House 183-185 Esplanade, Cairns North 7:40am
Gilligans 57-89 Grafton St, Cairns City 8:00am
Globetrotters International 154/156 Lake St, Cairns Cityv 7:40am
Hilton 34 Esplanade, Cairns City 8:00am
Il Centro Apartment Hotel 26-30 Sheridan St, Cairns City 8:00am
Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments 62 Abbott St, Cairns City 7:50am
JJ’s Backpackers 11-13 Charles St, Cairns North 7:40am
Koala Beach Resort 137 Lake St, Cairns Citypo 7:50am
Lazy Duck Backpackers 136 Grafton St, Cairns City 7:50am
Mad Monkeys 100-102 Sheridan St, Cairns City 8:00am
Mantra Esplanade 53-57 Esplanade, Cairns City 7:50am
Mantra Trilogy 101/105 Esplanade, Cairns 7:50am
Mid City Apartments 6-8 McLeod St, Cairns City 8:10am
Njoy Hostel 141 Sheridan St, Cairns City 7:30am
Nomads Serpent Resort 341 Lake St, Cairns North 7:40am
North Cove Waterfronts 275-277 Esplanade, Cairns City 7:40am
Northern Greenhouse 117 Grafton St, Cairns City 8:00am
Novotel Oasis Resort 122 Lake St, Cairns City 8:00am
Oasis Inn Apartments 276 Sheridan St, Cairns City 7:40am
Pacific International Hotel 43 Esplanade, Cairns City 7:50am
Palm Royale 7-11 Chester Ct, Manunda 7:20am
Piermonde Apartments 2-4 Lake St, Cairns City 8:00am
Pullman Cairns International 17 Abbott St, Cairns City 8:00am
Pullman Reef Casino 35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns City 8:00am
Queens Court 167-171 Sheridan St, Cairns North 7:30am
Reef Backpackers 140 Grafton St, Cairns City 8:00am
Reef Getaway Apartments 239 Lake St, Cairns City 7:40am
Royal Palm Villas 184 McLeod St, Cairns City 7:30am
Ryans Rest 18 Terminus St, Parramatta Park 8:10am
Rydges Esplanade Resort 209-217 Abbott St, Cairns City 7:40am
Rydges Plaza 50 Grafton St, Cairns City 8:00am
Rydges Tradewinds 209-217 Abbott St, Cairns City 7:50am
Shangri-La Pier Point Rd, Cairns City QLD 7:50am
The Balinese Motel 215 Lake St, Cairns City 7:40am
The Hotel Cairns Cnr Abbott Street and Florence Street, Cairns City 8:00am
The Lakes Resort 2 Greenslopes St, Cairns North 7:30am
Tradewinds McLeod 191 McLeod St, Cairns City 7:30am
Travellers Castle Hotel 209 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 7:40am
Travellers Oasis 8 Scott St, Cairns City 8:10am
Tropic Days 28 Bunting St, Bungalow 8:10am
Tropical Herritage Cairns 8 Minnie St, Cairns City 7:00am
Tropical Queenslander 287 Lake St, Cairns City 7:40am
Tropic Towers 294-298 Sheridan St, Cairns 7:40am
Villa Shangri-La 288 Sheridan St, Cairns North 7:40am
Villa Vaucluse 141 Grafton St, Cairns City 8:10am
Waterfront Terraces 233 Esplanade, Cairns City 7:40am
Water’s Edge Apartments 155 Esplanade, Cairns City 7:30am
YHA Central 20-26 McLeod St, Cairns City 8:10am

Soaking Up the Views at Crawford’s Lookout

colo riverSet in the highland region of northern Australia on the outskirts of Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands unfold in a diverse mixture of landscapes. Here, you can see a collection of rainforests and wetlands that meet savannas home to native bird species and fascinating wildlife, like tree kangaroos and cute wallabies.

The region is home to the famous Waterfalls Circuit, which is a 17km long driving loop that takes in several picturesque waterfalls in the region.

As well as waterfalls and an eclectic collection of scenery, the Atherton Tablelands are also home to some stunning viewpoints, including Crawfords Lookout, one of the best vantage points in the area.

It looks out over the point where the Colo River and the Capertree Rivers meet, spreading from east to west across the pretty scenery of the Wollemi National Park.

When you get to the lookout point, which is reachable by driving, you can pull over at the side of the road and soak in the breath-taking panoramas. Position yourself so you can see between the trees, which will let you see right down onto the Johnstone River.

Getting to Crawfords Lookoutcrawford lookout

Getting to Crawfords Lookout is an experience in itself. Set in the heart of the tablelands, you pass beautiful scenery as you venture towards this excellent viewpoint.

To get there, you need to drive north for around 17 kilometres after the Ampol service station at Colo Heights. On the way, you’ll pass the well signposted Grassy Hill Fire Trail, continuing on until you spot the Culoul Range Fire Trail, which appears on the left. Turn into the fire trail and follow the road as it sweeps through the landscape for 13 kilometres until you get to the designated parking area. There, you can park your car and easily walk to the lookout point. Don’t forget your camera to capture the mesmerising views!

crawford lookout to dooli creekExploring the Atherton Tablelands and everything they have to offer is a pivotal part of getting to know Cairns and its surrounding landscape. Not only will you get to experience some of the most diverse scenery in Australia, including rainforests and wetlands that rub shoulders with sprawling savannas, but you’ll also get to learn about the fascinating history and wildlife that characterise the area.

When it comes to lookout points and enjoying the views, Crawfords Lookout is one of the best. Promising excellent panoramas over three pretty rivers, it’s the perfect place to soak up the scenery and marvel at the ancient landscape.

The Sea Life of Green Island

green island 3 michaelFound around 45-minutes from the coast of Cairns, Green Island is a haven of wildlife, particularly when you delve beneath the silky surface of the ocean. Underwater, hundreds of different species of marine life make themselves at home, weaving in and out of the 6,000-year-old coral cay and making friends with the many snorkelers and scuba divers exploring the region.

The reefs that surround Green Island provide an eclectic range of habitats for a number of different species. In the seagrass beds, you can spot young fish, ancient sea turtles, and dugong, while in the reef habitats you can discover more than 190 different types of hard corals and more than 100 types of soft corals.

Green Island’s waters can easily be reached by boat, making it the perfect place to explore the underwater world and everything it has to offer. Snorkelling and scuba diving prove to be popular activities, or you can simply take a boat trip to see the marine life while keeping dry.

If you find yourself exploring the pristine waters surrounding Green Island, keep your eyes peeled for some of the region’s best-loved island michael

Sea Turtles

Green Island is renowned for its huge collection of ancient sea turtles that languish in the seagrasses and coral cay. They provide a glimpse into the lengthy history of the Great Barrier Reef as the glide through the waters, only coming back to the reefs of Green Island to find a bite to eat and a mate.

green island 2 michaelFish Species

Expect to see plenty of different fish species if you’re exploring the waters around Green Island. There is a wonderful selection of colourful species that roam the waters, many of which boast incredibly vibrant patterns, like the famous clownfish that lurks among the pretty corals.


These majestic creatures have made themselves at home in the seagrasses that flank Green Island. Here, they feed on the long reeds and bask in the warm shallows while the sun is high in the sky.

Hard and Soft Corals

The waters surrounding Green Island are predominantly made up of an ancient coral cay that provides the perfect backdrop for many of the creatures that live there. The hard and soft corals are home to molluscs, small fish, and other creatures that use the unique scenery to hunt, feed, and rest.

Green Island is the perfect place to experience the eclectic and fascinating underwater world of Australia. As well as a unique marine landscape filled with hard and soft corals, you can get up close and personal with some of the country’s most majestic sea creatures.

Things to Do in Cairns City

Great Barrier Reef MichaelCairns is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. From the city itself, you can pick up a cruise to take you out on to the calm lagoon of the ocean and spot mesmerising marine life and tropical island scenery.

But it’s not just the Great Barrier Reef that draws visitors in. In fact, Cairns city has plenty to offer tourists, from delectable restaurants and cosy cafes, to an array of boutique stores and fun activities.

Here are some of the best things to do in and around Cairns City.

1.    The Great Barrier Reef
This list wouldn’t be complete without the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the main draw of the region, sprawling all along the tropical Queensland coastline. Here, you can dive, snorkel, or swim amongst the magical underwater world and learn more about this unique, biodiverse area.

2.    Cairns Esplanade
In the city itself, you can get a different view of the water. At the Cairns Esplanade, Boardwalk, and Lagoon, you can kick back and relax with stunning views and take a dip in the man-made pool to cool off in the warm Australian sun. cairnsboardwalk

3.    Experience Aboriginal Culture
The Aboriginal history surrounding Cairns is fascinating, diving back centuries and weaving together a rich tapestry of stories, myths, and legends. At the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (set just 15 minutes outside of Cairns), you can learn all about Indigenous experiences in the region through performances, storytelling, and eye-catching exhibits.

4.    Flecker Botanic Gardens
For a natural encounter with Cairns City, head to the Flecker Botanic Gardens, where you can wander through lush greenery and soak up the delicious smells. Check out the selection of rainforest plants on display, and learn more about Aboriginal plant usage in the dedicated Indigenous section.

5.    Rusty’s Marketbotanic garden
Cairns city is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or two at the many markets that open their doors on the weekend. At Rusty’s, you can stroll around stalls piled high with handmade goods and delicious treats whilst getting an insight into local life.

6.    Rainforest Treks
Cairns’ close proximity to the rainforest makes it ideal for a hike through lush undergrowth. In the nearby Daintree Rainforest, you can spot exotic plants and native animals, while doing once-in-a-lifetime activities, like gently cruising down the picturesque Daintree River and crocodile spotting.

Cairns is a great place to soak up the different sides of Australia – from the gorgeous ocean, to the lush surrounding rainforests and bustling city life.

Things to Do on Green Island

Green Island GBR helicopters 634Green Island is set just 45-minutes off the coast of Cairns, and is easily reachable by catamaran or boat. Made up of a 6,000-year-old coral cay, it forms a popular part of the incredible Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which remains one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. 

Today, the island is home to more than 120 native plant species and a plethora of bird and animal life, plus there are plenty of things to see and do during your time in the area.

The History of Green Island

The history of Green Island is a fascinating one, as it was an important part of Tropical North Queensland’s past. On the island, you can visit the Interpretive Boardwalk which displays the rich European and Aboriginal histories of the island as well as the values that have persevered there for centuries.

Things to Do on Green Island

There are plenty of things to do on Green Island, whether you’re looking to discover the incredible marine life that characterises this part of the world or simply want to kick back, relax, and enjoy the stunning scenery on offer.


Snorkelling is one of the most popular activities on the island, giving you the chance to get up close and personal with the vibrant marine life, including colourful fishes, ancient sea turtles,green island and eye-catching corals.
Glass Bottom Boat Tour

If you don’t fancy getting wet, you can discover everything the island has to offer from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat.

Relax at the Beach

The white sands of Green Island are perfect for lazing away the day on. Read your favourite book, take a dip in the warm shallows, or simply enjoy the sea views that seem to sprawl on forever.

Marineland Melanesia

See the largest croc in captivity at Marineland Melanesia and learn more about the marine life that surrounds Green Island. Spot rescued Green Sea Turtles and discover the unique behaviour, feeding habits, and breeding patterns of some of Australia’s best-loved sea creatures.

Go Shopping

There are numerous resort shops on Green Island, where you can pick up a souvenir or two to remember your time in the area.

CanoeingGreen island canoeing

For a more leisurely sea-based activity, hop aboard a canoe and cruise around the coastline, spotting unique wildlife and soaking up the incredible views as you go.

The beauty of Green Island is second to none, and exploring everything it has to offer gives you the chance to really get to know the Great Barrier Reef.

Things to Do at Josephine Falls

josephine falls mickIn the regions surrounding Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, you can find some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, including Josephine Falls. The cascading water in this region plummets into crystal clear waters that is edged by sandy beaches and flanked by lush rainforest.

Josephine Falls provides visitors with the perfect spot to kick back and relax, and is characterised by a peaceful swimming hole and picturesque scenery.

Things to Do at Josephine Falls

You can spend as long as you like at Josephine Falls, as there is plenty to do regardless of the kind of experience you’re looking for.

Barbecues and Picnics

There is a designated area set up for barbecues and picnics amongst the vibrant green scenery of the surrounding rainforest. The facilities mean you can spend a day eating, drinking, and relaxing.


There are several walks that weave their way through the landscape and, whether you’re a keen hiker or simply want to enjoy the scenery on a leisurely stroll, there’s a route for you. There’s a 1.2 kilometre walk to the top waterfalls or a 10 kilometre hike up to Broken Nose for something a little longer.

The Falls themselves are surrounded by spectacular natural wonders, including granite rock slides and crystal clear rock pools filled with fascinating creatures.

Local Wildlife josephine falls 3 mick

Like much of Tropical Queensland, Josephine Falls is home to some of Australia’s most unique wildlife. Keep an eye out for snakes while you’re walking along the designated routes, as well as colourful butterflies, native species of birds, and fish that bask in the rock pools.

The plant life in the surrounding rainforest is worth a look in, too, with a vibrant collection of wild flowers and ancient trees forming a beautiful backdrop.

How to Get to Josephine Falls josephine falls 2 mick

If you’re ready to explore everything Josephine Falls has to offer, you just need to travel an hour and 15 minutes from the bustling city of Cairns. From the city, drive out onto the Bruce Highway and travel along it for around 75 kilometres until you reach the charming town of Miriwinni. From there, you can take the turnoff at Mount Bartle Frere, where you’ll start to see signposts for Josephine Falls from there.

The waterfalls found around Cairns are beautiful spots to explore, and Josephine Falls should be top of the list. With excellent picnic facilities, an eclectic collection of wildlife, and stunning scenery, it’s well worth a visit.

Exploring the Boardwalk at Cairns Mangroves

Cairns MangrovesMangroves are an important ecosystem that help protect the land from the sea and vice versa, providing a home for many young reef fish in the area. The Cairns mangroves are a classic example of mangrove life, where the trees themselves have evolved over time to thrive permanently in a mixture of salt and freshwater that is forever changing.

Playing host to a huge collection of creatures that each have their own special place in the ecosystem – expect to see quirky species like fish that can live outside of the water, fighting crabs, and baby sharks.

At the heart of the mangrove system in Cairns, you’ll find the Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, where you can learn all about the unique, tropical mangroves and saltmarshes of Australia.

Cairns Mangroves IAs you move along the boardwalk, you can learn all about the incredible abundance of wildlife that lives in the region and discover what the purpose of the mangroves and other tidal wetland systems are.

Split into two parts, the boardwalk heads north or south into closed-off mangrove forests that sprawl out in every direction from the carpark. If you head north, you can make your way to Little Barron Creek, where there are plenty of viewing platforms at the edge of the creek which promise stunning views across the surrounding landscape.

Cairns Mangroves IIHalfway along this stretch of the boardwalk, you’ll come across a canopy tower that looks out across the lush velvet carpet of treetops. This section of the boardwalk is a circular route, and takes you from the carpark through the mangrove forests and back to the carpark, with signs along the way that give extra information on the plants and animals that have adapted over thousands of years to live in this unique environment.

If you head along the southern part of the boardwalk, you’ll have a slightly different experience, where you’ll get to see a few different kinds of mangrove forest. Unlike the northern part of the boardwalk, this part isn’t a circular route and instead terminates at a canopy tower near to the mouth of Swampy Creek. As you explore this part of the region, helpful signs will let you in on the productivity of mangrove forests and other fascinating facts.

If you’re looking to explore a different side of Australia’s unique wildlife, the mangroves are the perfect place to go. Not only will you learn about this unique ecosystem, but you can catch a glimpse of some of the more unusual species in the country.


The Elusive Tree Kangaroos of Queensland

tree kangaroo atherton tablelandsIn the heart of Cairns, there’s an animal that you’ve probably never heard of, let alone seen. Tree Kangaroos are mostly found in the tropical rainforest region of Queensland, where the lush canopies provide the perfect habitat for these nocturnal creatures. You’re likely to find these smaller native Australian marsupials in the Atherton Tablelands, where they are simply known by their Aboriginal name, Mabi.

Tree Kangaroos live high up in the tree tops, hopping like normal kangaroos along larger branches they encounter. Their diet consists of leaves and shrubs that can be found in the rainforest region. For most of the day, they perch up in their trees resting, only coming out at night to eat and explore, but even then, they don’t go far. In fact, only 10% of their time is spent moving around. For the other 90%, they rest and chill out.

When it comes to mating, tree kangaroos produce one joey at a time who remains in the mother’s marsupial pouch for around 230 days before venturing out into the world on its own.

There are two common types of tree kangaroo in Queensland – Bennett’s and Lumholtz’s. Both breeds boast a similar colouring, which is a deep copper shade. The best way to tell them apart is by their size – the Lumholtz’s are smaller and weigh just 7 kilos, while the Bennetts weigh a little more at 16 kilos. Despite their larger size, the Bennett kangaroos are considerably more agile, and can jump from tree branches that are 9 metres down.

To balance, they use their big bushy tails to wrap around branches.

tree kangaroo and joey atherton tablelandsQueensland’s tree kangaroos are weird and wonderful creatures. Though they are very different to their land-based counterparts, they still retain many of the unique features of kangaroos, with their long tails, the ability to hop high in the air, and their means for mating and bringing up their young.

What’s more, these creatures are only found in a very small part of Australia, making a sighting of them that much more exciting. When you’re in and around Cairns, wandering through the rainforest, and exploring the Atherton Tablelands, keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of these cute critters who spend most of their time hidden away up tall, mighty trees.

The best time to see them is at night with the help of a torch, as this is the time when they’re most active.



Millaa Millaa Falls Then and Now

Millaa MillaaSituated on the outskirts of Cairns, Millaa Milaa Falls is an impressive plunge waterfall that can be found on the side of Theresa Creek Road. The site is now heritage listed after it was added to the register in 2005.

The region surrounding Cairns is packed full of magical waterfalls, and Millaa Millaa Falls is no different. Making up part of the expansive Atherton Tableland, the site was named after the Aboriginal phrase for the rainforest vine that appears in the area. Today, visitors flock to the area to marvel at the 18.3-metre-high waterfall and to swim in the refreshing pool at its base.

The History of Millaa Millaa Falls
The falls were thought to be discovered during the expansive exploration of the regions around the Herberton mining fields. It was originally thought that Millaa Millaa meant “water fall”, but that has since been overthrown after the findings that it is in fact an Aboriginal word.

Millaa 1Inspector Alexander Douglas and Christie Palmerston hiked through the rainforest close to the falls in 1882, carving tracks as they went. Palmerston also mapped another, easier route in 1884 which is now known as the Palmerston track and can still be explored by visitors.

Around the Millaa Millaa Falls, there is a clearing that was once used as a rest stop for travellers that were passing through with horses and mule packs. They were exploring the Palmerston track and travelling to the nearby Herberton mining field. The clearing was also put to use as a camp for workers who spent their time putting up and maintaining the railway line that travelled between Malanda and the Millaa Millaa township in the early 1900s.

Millaa 2Millaa Millaa Falls Today
The Falls remains an iconic part of Australia, bringing in thousands of visitors every year who want to see its impressive cascading water and enjoy the cool pool at its base. The falls has a lot of cultural relevance, too, having been featured in a number of movies, documentaries, and television ads.

Throughout the year, Millaa Millaa Falls is the site of many community events, celebrating its natural surroundings and the vast, rich history that imbues the area.

Today, you can take a hike along the Palmerston track, explore the base of the waterfall, and dip into the pool to cool off in the Australian sun. If you find yourself in Cairns, be sure to make a pitstop at this fascinating and beautiful spot.