Crystal Cascades Cairns, Australia

Crystal Cascades is one of the secrets of Tropical North Queensland that locals wish they could hide from visitors, accessible only by self drive.

It is a secluded freshwater swimming hole, hidden in a tropical rainforest. A series of small waterfalls flow into large pools surrounded by large impressive granite boulders.

Rainforest trees hang over the mountain water, keeping it cool and refreshing. There are also council managed and cleaned BBQ and picnic tables in the area with a toilet/change room block close-by.

For most, the only way of discovering the presence of Crystal Cascades is by being told by a local, or unwittingly following road signs to the unique surrounding places.

For further fresh water swimming hole options - check out our Tours with pick up available from your Cairns accommodation.

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Crystal Cascades Cairns, Australia

 
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How to get to Crystal Cascades Fresh Water Swimming Holes

Even though Crystal Cascades is very popular with Cairns locals, it is not serviced by public transport or a half day tour. The only way to get to these water holes are by taxi, hitch hiking (which we do not recommend) or with your own rental car. Be warned however, there is no mobile phone reception in the area, so if you're hoping to call a cab to drive you back into town you may be in a spot of bother.

Distance from Cairns city centre is 17.5 kilometres and about 18 minutes driving time

If you are begining your drive to Crystal Cascades from Cairns go north along Sheridan Street and turn left at James Street (which changes to Anderson Street at the roundabout near the cemetary). Continue along this road to the roundabout staying in the right hand lane and move thru travelling just a few hundred metres on Pease Street and turning right at Highway 91 or the Cairns Western Arterial and then left on Redlynch Connection Road. You need to stay in the left lane as you approach the roundabout following the Redlynch Intake road all the way to Crystal Cascades.

From the iconic Red Beret Pub, the swimming hole is about 10 kilometres away.

It a very scenic journey travelling thru this area as it is lush and green 

Please note:- It is very dangerous to jump off the high granite boulders and from trees into the waterhole 

The entry to the waterholes is from the public car park with a 1.2 kilometre well maintained pathway (about a 30 minute walk) Crystal Cascades is linked to the mighty Lake Morris (the city's resevoir which is sight to see on it's own for another half day thing to do and see) 

Also there are no camping facilities at Crystal Cascades swimming hole however there is a nice caravan park called Big4 Cairns Crystal Cascades and they have eco villas and family villas for overnight accommodation.  Alternatively stay in Cairns and drive to Crystal Cascades for a half day adventure.

This area is part of the Barron Gorge National Park. 

More Fresh Water Swimming Holes

If a refreshing dip in a cyrstal clear swimming hole is what you are looking for - we have some more rainforest swimming holes for you to check out too!

Cape Tribulation - Enjoy a refreshing dip at the secluded Emmagen Creek in a small group Cape Tribulation 4WD day tour with daily pick ups from your Cairns accommodation. Experience the world heritage rainforest with a guided day trip and informative guide - check out Billy Tea Bush Safaris.

Daintree - After a day exploring Daintree and visiting Cape Tribulation Beach, you have the opportunity to paddle a canoe in the Blue Lagoon and an optional swim in a natural rainforest waterhole. Check out Daintree Rainforest Tour with BTS.

Atherton Tablelands - A day exploring Cairns' Atherton Tablelands is a great way to experience unique rainforest and wildlife of the Crater Lakes.  Travelling along 4WD tracks you will also have an opportunity to swim in a natural rock pool before heading back to Cairns past Lake Morris Dam. Pick up from your Cairns Accommodation available daily.  Check out Wilderness Eco Safaris

Atherton Tablelands & Paronella - Experience the beauty of the waterfalls, crater lakes and further south to Paronella Park and Babinda Boulders with an optional swim during your day. Day trips depart daily from Cairns - check out more info here.

Atherton Tablelands (Backpacker Style) - Backpackers and adventure travellers can expect a day of fun on this full day experience, travelling to Cairns' Atherton Tablelands visiting Lake Eacham, Milla Milla Falls and Josephine Falls. Check out our Backpackers Rainforest & Waterfalls day trip with pick ups from Cairns.
 

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