Josephine Falls – Exploring Queensland’s Hidden Gems

Josephine Falls – Exploring Queensland’s Hidden Gems

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 07/26/2016

Reading time: 3 mins

Wooroonooran National Park is home to Queensland’s tallest mountain, Mount Bartle Frere. At a towering 1622m you can see the spectacular peak soaring above the surrounding rainforests.

Nestled in the lower foothills of the mountain the sparkle of the enchanting Josephine Falls brings life to the surrounding trees. From the car park you can stroll through the rainforest along the 700m track before reaching the falls. There are several viewing platforms on the way, with the final one overlooking the Josephine Falls. The spectacular view here provides a perfect photo opportunity.

The waterfall has become a popular attraction in recent years because of the sloping rocks. Over hundreds of years the water has carved a natural water slide from the granite boulders, waiting for you to slide down. After feeling the warmth of the rainforest on a hot day, the very best way to cool off is to slip down the water slide and into the rock pool below.

Walking Trails

From the falls there are several trails that you can walk along to see more of the luscious rainforest around you. The first of these trails you should visit is the Josephine Walking Track. An easy 1.2km return trip that will take you on a great tour of the tropical rainforest at the foot of Mount Bartle Frere. For the more adventurous, the Bartle Frere trail to Broken Nose is 10km return. It can take up to 8 hours to walk, but it’s well worth the challenging climb. Once at the viewpoint at Broken Nose you’ll have a spectacular view of the nearby coast.

For the most experienced climbers, there is a 30km return trail that reaches deep into the Atherton Tablelands. This demanding route can take up to 2 days to complete but allows you to pass over the peak of Mount Bartle Frere. Here you can enjoy the view standing on Queensland’s highest point. It will give you a chance to truly immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the park.


Josephine Falls have great amenities that allow you to spend long days enjoying their beauty and cool pool. There are grassy areas where you can spread a picnic blanket for the afternoon. Or, take residence at one of the undercover picnic tables.

There is also a public toilet block here for you to use. Please remember to take your rubbish home with you as there are no bins and litter harms the environment. The best way to preserve the falls for your next visit is to leave them as you found them. Do not remove any plants, animals or rocks from the area and do not leave trash or unwanted items.

The experience of visiting the Josephine Falls and the surrounding area is one that will top your holiday. The water slide, the rock pools and the amazing trails guarantee you a day you wont forget!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.