Josephine Falls Cairns, Australia

 

The Josephine waterfalls and swimming hole are ranked amongst some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tropical North Queensland Australia, and as such have been used in many television commercials. Visitors can swim in the crystal clear waters, and relax on the sandy beach as the gentle breeze rustles leaves high in the overhead rainforest canopy.

 

Please Note: there are restricted swimming areas and they are restricted for good reason so please make sure you read the signs and abide by them for your own safety and those of your rescuers!

How to get to Josephine Falls

Departing from Cairns city heading west on the Mulgrave Road and driving south towards Townsville, the Mulgrave Road soon changes its name to become the Bruce Highway. The Bruce Highway is part of the National Highway and is also known as Highway 1 on some road maps or car navigations systems.

Sit back and enjoy the surrounding scenery as you drive approximately 75 km from Cairns to a little country town called Mirriwinni which lies just south of Babinda. Take the turn off to Mount Bartle Frere, the highest mountain in Queensland and you will then just need to follow the signs for around 8 kilometres to Josephine Falls.

From the spacious car park, there is a really beautiful 700-metre rainforest walk to the waterfalls, viewing decks and swimming area via a bitumen paved track that can also cater for prams or wheelchairs.

What To Do At Josephine Falls 

Josephine Falls is a great place to spend a full day, half day or just a visit and quick swim with a day tour operator like Barefoot Tours. The public facilities here allow you to set up a barbeque and picnic in the purpose built facilities and relax in this beautiful rainforest environment with your family and friends for a day.

If you are an adventurer and love bushwalking or you are a dedicated a hiker then you may like to choose from a 1.2 klm walk to the top waterfalls, a 10 klm Bartle Frere hike to Broken Nose (return) or a 15 klm (one way) walk Bartle Frere up to the Atherton Tablelands over the back of the mountain. We do not recommend the latter 15 klm hike unless you are really fit and can spare 2 days just in case of incidents or weather issues leaving you caught out and having to sleep overnight on the mountain.

Josephine Falls is loved by Cairns locals all year round and a definite destination for nature lovers and backpackers alike. When you mingle in the clubs and bars around Cairns city you will hear the backpackers talking about their day’s adventure on the granite rock slides, the deep crystal clear rock pools and the absolute beauty of the place.

If you are scared of some of the Australian wildlife the most dangerous thing that you may come across at Josephine Falls are snakes that may lay across the tracks sunning themselves so just keep any eye out for where you are walking. This region of rainforest is well known for a large variety of butterflies and wonderful tropical birds as they flutter from the wild flowers to the rainforest trees and plants.

So for a great day of fun and adventure make sure you have a visit to Josephine Falls when you are next visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland in Australia and leave a review for other travellers here on Cairns Travel Reviews.

Josephine Falls | Day Tour Departs Daily From Cairns

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Rainforest & Waterfalls Backpackers Full Day Tour Incl. Swimming | BARE
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    7.30am - 8pm approx

    No real time restrictions throughout this tour. Relaxing and swimming at each location

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Afternoon Departure From Cairns To Josephine Falls | Enjoy A Refreshing Swim

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Paronella Park, Josephine Falls, Mamu Skywalk | Half Day Tour | GTS
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    9 hours (approx)

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