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Chasing waterfalls

There are many ways to get wet in Tropical North Queensland, but for sheer exhilaration, nothing beats basking in the spray of a thundering wall of water, and TNQ has more vertical waterways than just about anywhere else in the country.

Millstream Falls is Australia’s widest, single-drop waterfall. It’s on the outskirts of Queensland’s highest town, Ravenshoe, and it’s just one of several you’ll find in the Atherton Tablelands. In fact, the tablelands has its own Waterfall Circuit, which includes Millaa Millaa – a great swimming spot – Zillie and Ellinjaa falls. Further south, Blencoe Falls in Girringun National Park is truly majestic during the wet season.

A highlight of a ride through the rainforest on the spectacular Kuranda Scenic Railway is the photo stop on the bridge stretching over Stoney Creek Falls and no trip to the tip of Cape York is complete without a soak and a float in the plunge pools beneath Fruit Bat, Twin and Eliot falls. Josephine Falls, in the Wooroonooran National Park on the Cassowary Coast, is a lovely tiered cascade with its very own natural water-slide. Fairy Falls, just outside of Cairns, is tucked in the rainforest near the popular Crystal Cascades – but certainly worth the trek through lush greenery.

With its diverse wilderness and abundant national parks, Tropical North Queensland is home to many beautiful hikes, waterfalls and swimming holes. It’s important to always follow the advice from Queensland Parks and never venture into out of bounds zones, flooded waters or dangerous areas to prevent serious injury or death.

Twin Falls

Nandroya Falls

Emerald Creek Falls

Barron Falls

Explore the land of the tumbling waters

Where to find the highest, widest, tallest and prettiest waterfalls in Tropical North Queensland.

Emerald Creek Falls
20 waterfalls near Cairns

Mighty mountain ranges and Wet Tropics Rainforest create the optimum environment for a myriad of extraordinary waterfalls. Fall in love with these 20 waterfall wonderlands only a short drive from Cairns.

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Atherton Tablelands
10 waterfalls to chase on the Atherton Tablelands

Hit the famous waterfall circuit, uncover those lesser known or stretch a little further and take a dip in Australia’s widest, single-drop waterfall on the Atherton Tablelands.

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Barron Falls Wet Season
Guide to Barron Falls (Din Din)

Rocky, wild, and undeniably dramatic, Barron Falls has a regal presence that is suitably fitting to its moniker. Whether you witness it as a scenic trickle in winter or as a mist-filled force in summer, Barron Falls deserves a spot in your tropical travel itinerary. Get ready to chase the ultimate waterfall with this guide to Barron Falls near Cairns.

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Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast
Mission Beach & Cassowary Coast Waterfalls & Swimming Spots To Cool Off In

Mother Nature sees your backyard swimming pool and raised you her take on it with these waterfalls and swimming spots– each perfectly moulded and best explored with a sense of adventure.

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Twin Falls Cape York
Cape York
8 Cooktown and Cape York waterfalls to discover

Refresh yourself in nature’s swimming pools, sliding into these waterfalls and waterholes across Cooktown and Cape York.

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How to shoot waterfalls like a pro

At the top of Tropical North Queensland’s ‘must-see’ natural attractions are undoubtedly it’s tropical waterfalls. You know the ones with the oh-so-silky water and the brilliant greens. Here are four tips from professional photographer, Andrew Watson, to help you capture your own slice of natural beauty.

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Musgravea Track swimming hole
Dive into Tropical North Queensland’s swimming holes

If you’ve been hitting the wilderness trails, shredding the mountain bike parks or simply exploring what the region has to offer and need to reinvigorate tired muscles, set your compass for these amazing swimming holes.

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Why you should visit the tropics in summer

From cosy rainforest retreats to once-in-a-lifetime Great Barrier Reef reef events, epic waterfalls to spectacular outback scenery, this is why you should put the green light on your summer holiday.

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Rainforest Adventures in Tropical North Queensland

From mild to wild, there’s endless opportunities for rainforest adventures in Tropical North Queensland.

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10 cool ways to cool down during the wet season

It’s no secret that it gets a little warm in Tropical North Queensland during Summer but with it comes the Wet Season. This is one of the best times to visit as the rainforest shakes the dust from its leaves and the rivers, creeks and waterfalls are at their best. Here are ten cool ways to cool off during Summer:

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