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 operators like Barefoot Tours and GTS. 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.
Is it Safe to Swim At Josephine Falls?
Yes Josephine Falls is a safe place to swim but you must follow the directional sings and don't do anything silly.
For safety reasons the top section of the waterfalls are not accesible to visitors for good reason! It can be dangerous!
We recommend you never jump or dive into the water as there may be submerged rocks that have moved during the flood seasons. During the flood season the waters may also rise unexpectantly leaving you stranded on the river bank or even in the middle of the river. Leave the water immediately if the water changes colour as this is an indication of water making its way down the mountain.
Like anything you do in the great outdoors sensibility must prevail at all times and naturally you must keep an eye on your children.
Look After Josephine Falls
We ask that whatever you bring into Josephine Falls you take home with you. These National Parks have coin operated barbeque facilities for everyones enjoyment and public toilets in the day use area adjacent to the carpark.
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.
Take a look at some more popular swimming holes and waterfalls around Cairns such as Babinda Boulders, Behana Gorge, Crystal Cascades and Lake Barrine. Also take a look at some Daintree Rainforest tours and attractions.
Cairns Rainforest Tours | Josephine Falls | Millaa Millaa Falls | Volcanoes | BF
- Departs From: Cairns
7.30am - 8pm approx
No real time restrictions throughout this tour. Relaxing and swimming at each location
Meet other travellers from all over the world on this most popular Cairns Backpacker adventure day tour. Visit and swim in beautiful waterfalls, lakes and rainforest in the Atherton Tablelands. Taking the crown for the number one voted backpacker day tour in Cairns on Tripadvisor for six years running, this company prides itself on providing the personal touch. Barefoot Tours knows you don’t want to spend your holiday rushing from one site to another, coming home exhausted and ready for another holiday. This is why they have created a day tour from Cairns designed to give you a laid-back, fun and relaxed experience with few time restrictions. Don't miss out book your seat now no need to wait for a friend to go with you you will find plenty more on board this crazy fun Cairns day tour.
Paronella Park, Josephine Falls, Mamu Skywalk | Half Day Tour | GTS
- Departs From: Cairns
9 hours (approx)
See the main attractions of Cairns on this half day tour to Paronella Park, Josephine Falls and the Mamu Skywalk. Walk thru this amazing castle at night and hear the romantic stories, go wildlife spotting for Platypus at dusk, go and see the cute wallabies then enjoy dinner.
Cairns Rainforest & Waterfalls Tour | Atherton Tablelands Discovery Tour | ATE-WW
- Departs From:
11.5 hours (approx)
We head off on our Cairns rainforest and waterfalls tour at 7.15am and return to Cairns around 7.00pm after we have explored all the most beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes behind Cairns. See Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls, Malanda Pub, Mount Hypipamee, Curtain Fig Tree, Lake Eacham and enjoy some Platypus spotting.
Cairns Rainforest Tours | Wooroonooran | Wetlands | Waterfalls | River Cruise | WRS
- Departs From:
9.5 hours (approx.) - 8:00am to 5:30pm
Cairns rainforest tours depart daily to take you deep into the National Parks to see native Australian wildlife and the wonderful waterfalls in the Wooroonoonan National Park. See crodiles, wallabies, wetlands, platypus, tree kangaroos and finish off with a refreshing swim at the Babinda Boulders.
Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach
Castaways Resort & Spa located approximately 1 hour from Josephine Falls is a great base when exploring the Wet Tropics region. Enjoy beachfront location, great restaurant and bar and for a bit of pampering treat yourself to a treatment at the day spa.
Beachside Holiday House Mission Beach
The perfect option for a beachfront family holiday! Only an hour from Josephine Falls this holiday home also includes use of the Castaways Resort & Spa facilities and complimentary breakfast!
Mission Beach Holiday Apartments
Enjoy stunning views overlooking Mission Beach from this gorgeous holiday apartment, only a short walk to the beach. Complete with large timber deck, private plunge pool and fully self contained facilities - you may want to stay even longer!
Bramston Beach Luxury Holiday House
Bramston Beach is approximately 25minutes from Joesephine Falls and offers a tranquil beachfront holiday experience. The four bedroom beachfront holiday home is perfect for families with private pool, large entertaining deck and direct beach access.