Chasing The Best Waterfalls In Queensland? Here's The Ultimate List!

Author: Elena Osipova | Updated Nov 29, 2023

When planning your QLD school holidays 2023, imagine the thrill of experiencing the best waterfalls in Queensland with your family!

From the country's tallest waterfall to many stunning cascades and refreshing swimming holes, you'll discover some of the best Australian waterfalls, all waiting for you in Queensland. Let's dive in!

Discover the best waterfalls in Queensland for your next family adventure. On photo: Cedar Creek Falls near Arlie Beach.
Discover the best waterfalls in Queensland for your next family adventure. On photo: Cedar Creek Falls near Arlie Beach

Some of the best waterfalls in Queensland for family adventures are:

Best waterfalls in Australia

How tall is the waterfall?

Public Toilet

Entry Fee

Is it dog-friendly?

Queen Mary Falls QLD

40 m / 131 ft

Yes

Free entry

Dogs are not allowed

Purling Brook Falls QLD

100 - 106 m / 328 -348 ft

Yes

Free entry

Dogs are not allowed

Wallaman falls QLD

305 m / 1,001 ft

Yes

Free entry

Dogs are not allowed

Cedar Creek Falls QLD

15 - 20 m / 49 - 66 ft

Yes

Free entry

Dog-friendly waterfall

Barron Falls QLD

125 m / 410 ft

Yes

Free entry

Dogs are not allowed

Millaa Millaa Falls QLD

18.3 m / 60 ft

Yes

Free entry

Dogs are not allowed

Josephine Falls QLD

150 - 300 m / 492 - 984 ft

Yes

Free entry

Dogs are not allowed

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Cedar Creek Falls is a must-visit for families near Arlie Beach

When it comes to fun things to do in Airlie Beach for families, one of the most beautiful Australian waterfalls stands out as a must-visit destination.

Cedar Creek Falls is a small dog-friendly waterfall located in Cedar Creek Falls Reserve, Palm Grove, QLD 4800, just around a 30-minute to 1-hour drive from Airlie Beach, Queensland

Cedar Creek Falls is a must-visit for families near Arlie Beach.
Cedar Creek Falls is a must-visit for families near Arlie Beach

🏞️ Here's a fun fact for you! Don't miss another Cedar Creek Falls in Mt Tamborine, QLD 4272! It's just an hour's drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. And while you're there, check out these fantastic tours:

Things to know about Cedar Creek Falls near Arlie Beach:

  • Refreshing swimming hole

  • Stunning 50m walk to see the falls

  • Great outdoor activities for families: a lovely spot for a swim, pebble skip, a picnic in nature, and exploring the surrounding hiking trails

  • Rope-hanging swings for climbing up and jumping in the water

  • Kids can also feed the fish, turtles and prawns in there

  • One picnic table near the carpark

  • Public toilet and a picnic spot close to the waterfall

  • Limited free parking (it can get very busy on weekends and public holidays, so you might need to arrive early in the morning or visit this waterfall during the week)

  • Cedar Creek Falls is a dog-friendly waterfall, so don't forget your furry friend!

Please note that the waterfalls may not run during low rainfall season.

Cedar Creek Falls Walk:

The Cedar Creek Falls Walk from the carpark is easy and short (about 50 m to the waterfall), but it gets rocky near the waterfall area.

Rubber-based shoes will make it easier for kids to enter the water! Bring a repellent spray with you because there are lots of mosquitoes.

⭐🏞️  Ready for an outdoor adventure? Join the fantastic Cedar Creek Falls tour! Enjoy a guided eco-walk to the top, swim with the turtles and enjoy a delicious lunch.

A fun guided eco-walk to the top of Cedar Creek Falls near Arlie Beach.
A fun guided eco-walk to the top of Cedar Creek Falls near Arlie Beach

Cedar Creek Falls location:


Take a day trip to Queen Mary Falls - a must-see attraction in Queensland

Queen Mary Falls is a wonderful place to take the kids during the Brisbane school holidays to enjoy breathtaking views and get up close to nature!

The stunning Queen Mary Falls is located in the Main Range National Park, just a 2-hour drive from Brisbane.

Queen Mary Falls in the Main Range National Park in Queensland is a must-see attraction for families.
Queen Mary Falls in the Main Range National Park in Queensland is a must-see attraction for families

Outdoor activities at Queen Mary Falls:

  • Enjoy several charming bush walks

  • Get up close with local birds and kangaroos

  • Enjoy a fun-filled day of outdoor activities with your family

  • Have a peaceful picnic lunch at the Queen Mary Falls picnic grounds at Caravan Park

  • Try some delicious home-cooked meals at Queen Mary Falls Cafe

  • Hand-feed colourful parrots

  • Plenty of room for kicking a ball or throwing a Frisbee

  • Leave your pups at home, as dogs are not allowed at the park.

Kids will be super excited to hand-feed colourful parrots on a day trip to Queen Mary Falls.
Kids will be super excited to hand-feed colourful parrots on a day trip to Queen Mary Falls. Photo: Yongqian He, Google Maps

Queen Mary Falls Walk

There are several bush walks available. The Queen Mary Falls offers a relatively easy bush walk, so even young kids can do this hike!

Queen Mary Falls Picnic Area.
Queen Mary Falls Picnic Area. Photo by Nadia Andanderd, Google Maps

Queen Mary Falls feature:

  • Picnic tables and seating

  • Lots of natural shade from tall trees

  • Electric BBQs

  • Public toilets at the campground.

Queen Mary Falls map:

Queen Mary Falls Walk, Main Range National Park, Queensland.
Queen Mary Falls Walk, Main Range National Park, Queensland. Source: Parks and forests, Department of Environment and Science

Queen Mary Falls directions:


Discover the magic of Purling Brook Falls in Springbrook National Park

Purling Brook Falls is a breathtaking waterfall nested in Springbrook National Park, part of the Gold Coast hinterland. Getting there takes less than an hour's drive from the Gold Coast.

Purling Brook Falls is located in Springbrook National Park, near Gold Coast.
Purling Brook Falls is located in Springbrook National Park, near Gold Coast

Take the moderate circuit walk in a clockwise direction for a more comfortable journey to see the waterfall. This way, you'll avoid a steep climb of about 450 steps at the end.

Stunning Purling Brook Falls, Springbrook National Park, Gold Coast, QLD.
Stunning Purling Brook Falls, Springbrook National Park, Gold Coast, QLD

As you explore, enjoy the panoramic mountain views, grand boulders, ancient trees, and the captivating suspension bridge to observe the waterfall. Plan on a 2-3 hour adventure for this walk.

Ancient trees along the Purling Brook Falls walking track.
Ancient trees along the Purling Brook Falls walking track

On a hunt for free family activities and fun things to do on the Gold Coast school holidays, a visit to Purling Brook Falls in Springbrook National Park will not disappoint!

Purling Brook Falls map:

Springbrook National Park - Walking tracks and information.
Springbrook National Park - Walking tracks and information. Source: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service M

Purling Brook Falls directions:


Take your family on an adventure to stunning Josephine Falls in Cairns

The spectacular Josephine Falls at Wooroonooran National Park is just an hour's drive from Cairns. Don't forget to pack a picnic lunch - it's a stunning place!

Josephine Falls Cairns is a popular tourist destination during the Australian school holidays. You can enjoy the outdoors, spend quality time with family and make lasting memories in a fun and exciting way.

Stunning Josephine Falls in Cairns, swimming holes & a natural waterfall slide.
Stunning Josephine Falls in Cairns, swimming holes & a natural waterfall slide

Things to know about Josephine Falls QLD:

  • A lovely waterfall and swimming holes

  • A natural waterfall slide

  • The short 700m Josephine Falls Walk from the carpark takes you to three different lookout points

  • A few picnic tables are available, so bring a picnic lunch

  • Plenty of parking space and a toilet at Josephine Falls carpark

  • There is a Josephine Falls camping area

  • Dogs are not allowed.

Flash flooding (rapidly rising water) is common during wetter months at Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park. So always supervise your children closely! Never jump into the water, get out immediately if it changes colour or the water levels rise, and wear reliable footwear. Also, access to the top section of Josephine Falls is prohibited for safety reasons.

Josephine Falls map:

Josephine Falls map, Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland.
Josephine Falls map, Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland. Source: Parks and forests, Department of Environment and Science

Josephine Falls directions:


Discover the beauty of the Barron Falls Rainforest Canopy Walk and Lookout

When it comes to fun things to do in Cairns with kids, Barron Falls is not to be missed!

Barron Falls Rainforest Canopy Walk and Lookout is located in the Barron Gorge National Park, found on the Atherton Tablelands, 25 km northwest of Cairns in North Queensland, just a short 40-minute drive from Cairns.

The beauty of the Barron Falls Rainforest Canopy Walk and Lookout, Cairns, North Queensland.
The beauty of the Barron Falls Rainforest Canopy Walk and Lookout, Cairns, North Queensland. Photo: Jamie Dio, Google Maps

Things to know about Barron Falls near Cairns:

  • Barron Falls lookout is one of the best places to see the spectacular Barron Gorge Falls

  • Barron Falls train station offers a few different viewpoints of the stunning waterfall

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway offers unique trips over 37 bridges and through 15 handmade tunnels forged by Queensland's early pioneers over 125 years ago

  • Barron Falls Skyrail glides through the canopy on a cableway, offering a great educational experience. At different stations, kids can learn about the local flora and fauna and the importance of preserving nature

  • Plenty of parking available

  • A few benches to enjoy a picnic while looking at the stunning falls

  • The lookout point is just a 5-min walk from the pram and wheelchair-accessible carpark

  • Dogs are not allowed.

🚂🏞️  Experience the best of Kuranda in just one day!

⭐  The grand Kuranda Rainforest full-day tour from Cairns - always a hit with families! On this adventure, you get to:

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Kuranda Village
  • Kuranda Rainforest with Army Duck tour
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch
  • transfers from Cairns.

⭐  Don't miss another thrilling Kuranda day tour that spotlights the Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Rainforestation Nature Park.

On your journey aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Barron Falls, you'll also see the impressive Stoney Creek Falls!

You'll also see beautiful Stoney Creek Falls when travelling to Barron Falls by the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
You'll also see beautiful Stoney Creek Falls when travelling to Barron Falls by the Kuranda Scenic Railway

Barron Falls Walk:

The Barron Falls Lookout Walk is a rainforest canopy trail that zig-zags through the tops of the  trees, offering an exciting experience for kids and adults.

It's an easy-graded 1.2km return walk that can take up to 40 mins. This trail ends at the Barron Falls train station, offering a few different viewpoints of the waterfall.

Planning to visit Barron Falls in June? Just a heads-up: the waterfall might not be as full due to less rain. But it's still gorgeous!.
Planning to visit Barron Falls in June? Just a heads-up: the waterfall might not be as full due to less rain. But it's still gorgeous!

🐨🦜🦋 Looking for family fun in Kuranda? Enjoy top attractions like Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Butterfly Sanctuary with our special Kuranda Attraction Pass!

Kuranda Village is home to Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld, the Butterfly Sanctuary, a cool playground, aboriginal art gallery, local shops and cafes.
Kuranda Village is home to Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld, the Butterfly Sanctuary, a cool playground, aboriginal art gallery, local shops and cafes

Barron Falls map:

Barron Falls map, Barron Gorge National Park, Queensland.
Barron Falls map, Barron Gorge National Park, Queensland. Source: Parks and forests, Department of Environment and Science

Barron Falls directions:


Plan a day trip to see the breathtaking Millaa Millaa Falls, Lake Eacham and Cathedral Fig Tree!

Standing at a majestic 18.3 meters / 60 feet, Millaa Millaa Falls in Atherton Tableland plunges into a swimming hole surrounded by tropical forest in just a 1.5-hour drive from Cairns.

Millaa Millaa Falls  is a stunning waterfall near Cairns.
Millaa Millaa Falls is a stunning waterfall near Cairns

Don't forget to stop at the beautiful Lake Eacham on your way to or from the falls.

The beautiful Lake Eacham.
The beautiful Lake Eacham

A picnic and a walk around this lake are a must. It is truly unforgettable and fun for kids and adults alike!

Circuit track at Lake Eacham.
Circuit track at Lake Eacham

And if you want to be impressed by the spectacular Cathedral Fig Tree, one of the oldest trees in the country, put this stop on your route.

Impressive Cathedral Fig Tree, one of the oldest trees in Australia.
Impressive Cathedral Fig Tree, one of the oldest trees in Australia

There is only a short walk from the carpark through the rainforest to see the tree. The trail is well-maintained and easy to navigate.

A short, well-maintained walk from the carpark to see the Cathedral Fig Tree.
A short, well-maintained walk from the carpark to see the gigantic Cathedral Fig Tree

Millaa Millaa Falls location:

Lake Eacham location:

Cathedral Fig Tree location:


Discover the stunning beauty of Wallaman Falls - the tallest single-drop waterfall in Australia!

When looking for exciting family things to do in Townsville, Australia, the whole family can enjoy, look no further than Wallaman Falls.

Wallaman Falls, QLD, is Australia's tallest waterfall (305 meters / 1,001 ft) and part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

The stunning beauty of Wallaman Falls, QLD - the tallest single-drop waterfall in Australia.
The stunning beauty of Wallaman Falls, QLD - the tallest single-drop waterfall in Australia

Things to know about Wallaman Falls:

  • Many endangered plants and wild animals at this UNESCO World Heritage site (e.g. Cassowaries)

  • Moderate-graded Wallaman Falls hike to the waterfall (2-hour return)

  • Lovely picnic area with picnic tables, BBQs & toilets

  • Wallaman Falls camping area

  • Ample free parking at the lookout & near the picnic area

  • Wallaman Falls lookout offers stunning views

  • Dogs are not allowed

  • Swimming is not allowed.

Lovely picnic area with picnic tables at Wallaman Falls, QLD.
Lovely picnic area with picnic tables at Wallaman Falls, QLD. Photo by Eva Harris, Google Maps

Wallaman Falls Walk:

Wallaman Falls Walk is a 4 km walk from the lookout & carpark down to see the falls. It could be challenging for younger kids on the way back. Alternatively, you can take the kids via the Cassowary territory drive-through, which is easier.

Wallaman Falls walking track map:

Wallaman Falls walking track map, Girringun National Park, QLD.
Wallaman Falls walking track map, Girringun National Park, QLD. Source: Parks and forests, Department of Environment and Science

Wallaman Falls location:

  • Lookout Rd, Wallaman QLD 4850


Ready for your next family holiday? Dive into the best waterfalls in Queensland! Whether it's the towering beauty of Wallaman Falls or the kid-friendly surrounds of Cedar Creek, there's something for every adventurous family.

And with QLD school holidays just around the corner, it's the perfect time to plan a one-of-a-kind waterfall adventure! 🌈🏞️💦

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