Waterfall Circuit | Self Drive | South of Cairns

Waterfall Circuit | Self Drive | South of Cairns

We often get asked  “What can we do for free around Cairns?” There are plenty of options. Free is often just sightseeing on foot, but hiring a car is not free. However it is the freedom to go and see what you want at your own time.

The Waterfall Circuit | Self Drive | South of Cairns is a great option and one we recommend regularly.  The drive time is around 3 hours, plus the time you wish to take walking, sightseeing, having lunch or picnic etc.  The waterfall circuit is a scenic journey through to the Atherton Tablelands, a food bowl for Far North Queensland!  You will find some very picturesque scenery, breathtaking views and lots and lots of fresh clean air!
Take a look below to see our recommended itinerary:
Travel south of Cairns to commence an entire day out travelling through the World Heritage Listed tropical rainforests of Wooroonooran National park, swimming under waterfalls, experiencing the Millaa Millaa Falls, Lake Barine ( volcanic lake), giant Fig trees and more.
After departing Cairns, head to Yungaburra via the Gillies Highway and make your way to Malanda via the Lake Eacham National Park.  Head down to Millaa Millaa and circle the waterfall loop taking in Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie Falls and Ellinjaa Falls. Drive towards Innisfail on the East Palmerston Highway, then join the Bruce Highway heading home towards Cairns.
On this loop drive you can experience many added attractions. For example: Platypus viewing, Barra fishing, Bio-Dynamic Dairies with cheese tasting.

 Your Touring Highlights include:

  • Walsh’s Pyramid: one of the largest naturally formed pyramids in the world.
  • Heales Lookout:  a breathtaking scenic view overlooking the Goldsborough Valley.
  • Crater Lake National Park: Lake Barrine is a Maar volcano that formed 17,000 years ago. Here you can take a wildlife cruise, see the 1000-year-old giant twin Kauri trees and have morning tea at the Tea House.
  • See the Historical Yungaburra:  With its streetscape largely unchanged since 1910.
  • Curtain Fig Tree: Over 500 years old and a icon of history.
  • Millaa Millaa Falls: Take a swim under one of Far North Queensland’s most photographed waterfalls.
  • Crawford’s Lookout:  Looking out over the World Heritage Listed Johnson River Gorge.
  • Paronella Park: Taking in a 45 historical guided tour of this quirky and beautiful “Castle in the Tropics” ( entrance fees applicable).
  • Josephine Falls & Babinda Boulders:  On your way back off the Bruce highway ( both places are great for swimming in fresh water )
If you are travelling alone, or don’t wish to drive yourself,  enjoy the tour with some others and join a group.  We have a few operators offering a very similar trip, so call into our tour desk and we will book for you.

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