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Stoney Creek Falls

Stoney Creek Falls is a must visit if you have an adventurous spirit and are looking for fun, free activities in Cairns, QLD for the whole family!


Beautiful waterfalls in Cairns, QLD
Challenging hike and walking trails
Swimming holes to cool off on hot days

Stoney Creek Falls is an amazing place to visit in Barron Gorge National Park in Cairns, QLD, with breathtaking waterfalls, great hiking trails as well as a swimming hole rock pool to cool off in the Cairns heat! It's just a 20 minute drive from Cairns CBD, which is perfect for a weekend road trip with the family.

Waterfall and swimming holes

The highlight of Stoney Creek Falls are of course, the falls themselves!

To hike up to the waterfalls, there are two ways you can go:

  1. Walk up Stony Creek from the car park. There's a lot of rock hopping required, which is fantastic for adventure lovers! You will also walk by the swimming hole and rock pools to swim or splash in, best after the challenging hike on your way down.
  2. Take the Douglas Track: walk up the mountain and turn left to walk along the train tracks, taking in the stunning views, which is exciting for thrill seekers. Note that you can be fined for walking along the rail track.

There are swimming holes at the bottom of the waterfall that you can enjoy. Visiting Stoney Creek Falls is really is one of the best free activities in Cairns, QLD that both kids and parents will love!

Kuranda Railway

Right near the waterfall is the rail line where the Kuranda train passes on its journey. You can be fined for walking on the tracks, and it is of course a danger as you might not see the train in time to jump to the side - so be really careful!


Stoney Creek Falls are not pram nor wheelchair friendly, because there is a lot of uneven grounds and rocks to climb to reach the attractions.

School Holidays Tips

It often rains and the rocks can get very slippery! Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes, ideally hiking or running shoes, as the hike (and rock climbing / rock hopping) can be challenging at times.

Photo credits: John McCarthy, Niels Steenbergen, Dabbing Duskullz, Mark Roshier, Lau Ra on Google Images; CodyMav and Stu Wu on TripAdvisor

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