TravelTravel Australia

Queensland’s 10 Best Waterfalls To Chase This Summer

Photographed by Have Fun Do Good. Image via Unsplash

Queensland, don’t go chasing waterfalls this summer, we’ve chased them for you with our guide of the 10 best to visit this year.

With restrictions finally lifting and summer just around the corner, you’re probably planning your next weekend getaway. But you may be surprised to know it’s not just the white sanded beaches that Queensland has to offer to keep you cool and refreshed in the heat of an Aussie summer.

Queensland is home to some of the most magnificent waterfalls in Australia. Whether you’re after an adventurous day of rope-swings, or a relaxing afternoon spent lazing in rock pools, the Sunshine State has got all your refreshing needs covered. And just to make your holiday planning that much easier, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best waterfalls around Queensland that you need to chase this summer!

Josephine Falls, Cairns
Photographed by Oliver Vegas. Image Supplied by Tourism
and Events Queensland

Josephine Falls, Cairns

Located just an hour’s drive south of Cairns CBD, tropical haven Josephine Falls lies hidden in the picturesque Tablelands of north-east Queensland. Complete with fresh-water swimming holes, a rope swing and an epic natural water slide, this self-made water park has all you need for the perfect adventurous day trip from Cairns – a must-visit spot for any waterfall enthusiast this summer.

More info

Tip: Get there early to ensure you get the best picnic spot!
Zoe Falls, Hinchinbrook Island, Townsville
Photographed by Reuben Nutt. Image Supplied by Tourism and Events Queensland

Zoe Falls, Hinchinbrook Island, Townsville

Coming in at one of Queensland’s most iconic waterfall spots is Zoe Falls that’s found off the coast of Townsville. These picturesque falls boast panoramic views of the lush tropical forests of Hinchinbrook Island. While only a two-kilometre walk circuit from the beach, the trek up to the falls is more appropriate for those with a moderate level of fitness. But we guarantee the view is worth the effort! And, better yet, Zoe Falls is one of the most safest and most scenic freshwater swimming spots in north-east Queensland.

More info

Tip: To avoid disappointment, book in advance to guarantee your spot over to Hinchinbrook Island.
Wallaman Falls, Townsville
Photographed by Reuben Nutt. Image Supplied by Tourism and Events Queensland

Wallaman Falls, Townsville

Located about two-and-a-half hours north of Townsville lies the majestic Wallaman Falls. At over 300-metres tall, this waterfall is the largest single-drop cascade in Australia. The trek to the falls is a bit of a challenge due to the steep and magnificent height of the waterfall, but the end result is well worth the effort. Make sure to give yourself a whole day to relax and enjoy exploring the plethora of nature and wildlife that surrounds Wallaman Falls.

More info

Tip: If you’re lucky you could get a glimpse of the endangered cassowary – although very rare, they have been spotted around here!
Cedar Creek Falls, Brisbane
Photographed by Peter Lik. Image Supplied by Tourism and Events Queensland

Cedar Creek Falls, Brisbane

Tucked away on the outskirts of Brisbane is Cedar Creek Falls. Less than an hour from the city, this waterfall is the perfect destination for any city dweller seeking an adventurous day trip to nature. It takes about one hour to walk to the falls from the carpark, but, once arrived, you’ll soon realise that it’s well worth the walk thanks to Cedar Creek’s expansive range of swimming holes. Boasting perfect picnic spots and hidden rock-pools, Cedar Creek Falls is a must-see this summer for any Brisbane local.

More info

Tip: There is no reception so be sure to pack plenty of food and water.
Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park
Photographed by Nathan White Images. Image Supplied by Tourism and Events Queensland

Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

Tucked away in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland is the mystical Natural Bridge waterfall. Sprinkling down between the walls of a tunnel rock arch, the falls are famous for their picturesque cave formation and glow-worms. Located on an easy one-kilometre circuit, these waterfalls are the perfect location for an exciting family day trip.

More info

Tip: While swimming is not permitted at Natural Bridge, there are other swimmer-friendly waterfalls located in Springbrook National Park
Millaa Millaa Falls, The Tablelands, Cairns
Photographed by Katie Purling. Image Supplied by Tourism
and Events Queensland

Millaa Millaa Falls, The Tablelands, Cairns

At less than an hour’s drive from Cairns CBD, Millaa Millaa Waterfall is one of the most popular waterfall destinations in North-East Queensland. Surrounded by fresh tropical forests and an abundance of wildlife, these waterfalls are the perfect spot to cool down for a dip in the hot Queensland summer. Complete with toilets, change-rooms, picnic spots and a nearby Teahouse, these falls are the perfect outing for any member of the family.

More info

Tip: Arrive early in the morning in the summer months to beat the crowds!
Gardners Falls, Maleny, Sunshine Coast
Photographed by Mark Fitz. Image Supplied by Tourism and Events Queensland

Gardners Falls, Maleny, Sunshine Coast

Gardners Falls makes for the perfect day trip for any adventure-seeking visitor or local of the Sunshine Coast. Complete with two rope swings and plenty of spots for diving, these falls are the perfect road-trip destination this summer. While Gardners Falls are just a short walk from the carpark, the rock-pools are more suited to capable swimmers.

More info

Tip: Watch out for the friendly eels, they may try to nibble your toes!
Kondalilla Falls, Sunshine Coast
Photographed by Jesse Lindemann. Image Supplied by Tourism and Events Queensland

Kondalilla Falls, Sunshine Coast

Renown for its family-friendly location, Kondalilla Falls is your go-to Sunshine Coast family day-trip this summer. Less than a kilometre-and-a-half walk from the carpark, this well-maintained track is surrounded by beautiful lush flora and fauna. With multiple picnic and swimming spots, these waterfalls are one of the best easy-access spots to get in touch with nature on the Sunshine Coast.

More info

Tip: Keep an eye out for the abundance of native birds, you might spot a rare one!

Araluen Waterfall, Finch Hatton Gorge, Mackay
Photographed by Mike Curtain. Image Supplied by Tourism and Events Queensland

Araluen Waterfall, Finch Hatton Gorge, Mackay

Hidden away in the many wonders of Mackay’s rainforest lies Finch Hatton Gorge. Located in the gorge just under a two-kilometre walk from the main picnic area is the stunning Araluen Waterfall. Surrounded by beautiful smooth granite boulders and lush tropical flora and fauna, these waterfalls are perfect for any family outing or picnic date.

More info

Tip: continue walking on 1.5km and you’ll find the beautiful tranquil rockpool of the Wheel of Fire Cascades – it’s worth the extra effort!

Lower Portals, Mount Barney
Photographed by Darren Jew. Image Supplied by Tourism and Events Queensland

Lower Portals, Mount Barney

For those who like a bit of adventure, the Lower Portals at Mountt Barney National Park are a must-see this summer. Located just above the border of New South Wales, these incredible waterfalls are worth the seven-and-a-half-kilometre trek. At the end of your walk you’ll find a range of tranquil rockpools descending down from the falls. While beautiful and less busy than more accessible waterfalls, remember to pack plenty of water, food and sun protection when going on long treks.

More info

Tip: Keep an eye out for the locals, and by locals we mean kangaroos and goannas!

Are you looking for more places to travel to around the Sunshine State? Check out our Top 10 Unique Getaway Gems To Discover around Queensland. Or if beach hopping is more your style, our Weekender Guide to Noosa, Queensland covers all you need for an ultimate relaxation vacation.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Feature image: Photographed by Have Fun Do Good. Image via Unsplash.
Share: