Don’t go chasing waterfalls this summer, we’ve chased them for you with our guide of the best waterfalls in Queensland of 2024!

Forget the jaw dropping white sanded beaches that Queensland is famed for, we’re cooling down with our refreshing list of the best waterfalls in Queensland.

It may come as a surprise, but Queensland is home to some of the most beautiful 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 2024!

<strong>Araluen Waterfall</strong>
Photographed by Mike Curtain.
Image via by Tourism and Events Queensland.

Araluen Waterfall

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

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Mackay, QLD 4756
<strong>Cedar Creek Falls</strong>
Photographed by Peter Lik.
Image via by Tourism and Events Queensland.

Cedar Creek Falls

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. Note: there is no reception so be sure to pack essentials.

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76 Cedar Creek Falls Rd, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272
<strong>Gardners Falls</strong>
Photographed by Mark Fitz. Image via by Tourism and Events Queensland.

Gardners Falls

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. One of the best waterfalls and swimming holes in Queensland!

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Obi Ln S, Maleny, QLD 4552
<strong>Josephine Falls</strong>
Photographed by Oliver Vegas. Image via by Tourism
and Events Queensland.

Josephine Falls

Located just an hour’s drive south of Cairns, tropical haven Josephine Falls lies hidden in the picturesque Tablelands of north-east Queensland. One of the best waterfalls in Queensland, Josephine Falls is complete with fresh-water swimming holes, a rope swing and an epic natural water slide, making 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.

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Josephine Falls Walk, Bartle Frere, QLD 4861
<strong>Kondalilla Falls</strong>
Photographed by Jesse Lindemann. Image via by Tourism and Events Queensland.

Kondalilla Falls

Famed for its family-friendly location, Kondalilla Falls is your go-to Sunshine Coast family daytrip 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.

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Kondalilla Falls Cct, Montville, QLD 4560
<strong>Lower Portals</strong>
Photographed by Darren Jew. Image via by Tourism and Events Queensland.

Lower Portals

For those who like a bit of adventure, the Lower Portals at Mount Barney National Park are a must-see this summer. Famed for being the best waterfalls in Queensland, 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.

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Maroon, QLD 4310
<strong>Millaa Millaa Falls</strong>
Photographed by Katie Purling. Image via by Tourism and Events Queensland

Millaa Millaa Falls

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.

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Falls Rd, Millaa Millaa, QLD 4886
<strong>Natural Bridge</strong>
Photographed by Nathan White Images. Image via by Tourism and Events Queensland.

Natural Bridge

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. One of the top Queensland waterfalls you need to visit in 2024!

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Bakers Rd, Natural Bridge, QLD 4211
<strong>Wallaman Falls</strong>
Photographed by Reuben Nutt. Image via by Tourism and Events Queensland.

Wallaman Falls

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.

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Lookout Rd, Wallaman, QLD 4850
<strong>Zoe Falls</strong>
Photographed by Reuben Nutt. Image via by Tourism and Events Queensland.

Zoe Falls

Coming in at one of Queensland’s most beautiful waterfalls 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.

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Hinchinbrook QLD 4849

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This article was first published on November 21 2020. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on January 30 2024.