Millaa Millaa Falls is a slice of paradise located in Tropical North Queensland. Surrounded by lush rainforest, these falls are arguably the most beautiful and most picturesque falls in all of Australia!
Millaa Millaa flows perfectly into a pristine pool below where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool water. The idyllic grassy area around the waterhole makes for a perfect picnic spot and if you’re lucky, you might even be able to spot a platypus.
I put together this complete visitor’s guide which includes how to get there, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you’re there!
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WHERE IS MILLAA MILLAA FALLS?
These stunning falls can be found in the southern area of the Atherton Tablelands in Wooroonooran National Park, about 60km west of Innisfail and 98km southwest of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.
It is administered by the Tablelands Regional Council and part of the famous Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit which is a circular 17km sealed route on Theresa Creek Road.
The circuit begins at Teresa Creek Road, just south of the township of Millaa Millaa encompassing Millaa Millaa Falls, Zillie Falls, and Ellinjaa Falls. Together, these falls are said to be the most photographed waterfalls in Australia.
The entrance of the waterfall is clearly signposted to direct visitors to the right place and you can also search for the exact pin location on Google Maps.
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Idyllic scenes at the falls
HOW TO GET TO MILLAA MILLAA WATERFALL
There are a couple of options when searching for how to get to Millaa Millaa Falls Cairns and they are DIY or with a tour.
OPTION 1 – DIY
By far the best way to get to these falls is to DIY with your own vehicle. Due to the limited public transport within the area, it would take an extra 3-4 hours to get to the falls if you chose to take this mode of transportation.
If you don’t have your own vehicle, I would definitely recommend hiring a car in Cairns to make the drive out.
Hiring a car creates more flexibility in your day as you can stop where you like, take in the scenery, and have the opportunity to explore Wooroonooran National Park.
If you’re staying in Cairns, Atherton Tablelands and the Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit has a lot to offer and it’s worthwhile spending a whole day out there checking out all the sights.
The journey from Cairns to Millaa Millaa Falls is pretty easy and most of the drive will be on Bruce Highway before you will eventually turn off onto Riverstone Road and then Gillies Range Road. Continue until turning onto Lake Barrine Road in Yungaburra, then onto Anderson Road, then Lake Barrine Road. You will then head towards Malanda Millaa Millaa Road until you eventually turn onto Theresa Creek Road which will lead you directly to the falls.
There are very detailed signposts to each waterfall on this road and Millaa Millaa is the first set of falls on the Waterfall Circuit – you can’t miss it.
There is plenty of free parking spaces at the falls so you’ll have somewhere safe to park your car for an hour or so while you’re off exploring this incredible location.
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Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit
OPTION 2 – MILLAA MILLAA FALLS TOUR
If you decide to take a tour, there isn’t one specific to these falls but there is a tour that you can book on Get Your Guide which is a full-day tour from Cairns to Atherton Tablelands.
This guided tour includes return transfers from your accommodation in Cairns and a visit to a number of awesome locations such as Lake Eacham, Josephine Falls, Millaa Millaa Waterfall, and more.
You will get a comprehensive tour of Atherton Tablelands and time to swim at the waterfalls, explore the beautiful rainforest, and get a taste of what Tropical North Queensland has to offer!
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit is during the transition period between the wet season, December – February (summer), and the dry season, June – August (winter).
If you can’t time your trip that well, be sure to visit after a rainy day for the best experience, otherwise the falls tend to turn more into a water trickle than a waterfall during a drought.
To get the best lighting for a spectacular picture of the falls, I recommend visiting between early morning and noon.
These falls are a very popular tourist attraction and it can get quite busy, especially on the weekends. If you can time your visit for a weekday, you will most likely be able to enjoy it with fewer people.
And remember the early bird catches the worm, or in this case the perfect picture, without loads of tourists.
Drone shot of the falls
Beautiful ferns at Millaa Millaa Queensland
ARRIVING AT THE FALLS
Once you reach the car park, the waterfall is right around the corner at the bottom of a few stone steps. It’s really impossible to miss it and only a two-minute, easy walk down to the waterfall.
The trail down to the falls is not too steep or strenuous making it an easy place to visit with kids as well.
When you arrive at the falls, you will immediately realize why it is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia.
These falls boast an 18-meter drop into a beautiful pool below which can be thoroughly enjoyed by jumping in the water for a refreshing swim.
To be able to safely go for a swim at Millaa Millaa Waterfall is a huge advantage, as natural waterholes without crocodiles are a rarity in North Queensland.
The area around the waterfall is great for spotting wildlife. You can look for the Ulysses butterfly and if you are really lucky you might be able to spot a platypus.
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Arriving at the falls
Exploring the falls
WHAT TO EXPECT AT MILLAA MILLAA FALLS
This waterfall is low-key very well known and popular, so it’s likely that you will have to share it with quite a few people but it’s well worth the trip.
The waterfall itself is nestled in a lavish rainforest, fringed with broad ferns, colorful flowers, and a plunge pool perfectly suitable for swimming.
You’ll find a concrete slab on the edge of the water in a half-circle formation making it easy to put your valuables somewhere safe and dry while you enjoy the cool water.
It’s also possible to follow a trail around the outside of the natural pool on the left-hand side which emerges behind the falls itself. Take your camera with you as this is another cool perspective to capture.
There has been a fair bit of development around the falls, perhaps to make it a more attractive destination for weddings and events.
The facilities at the bottom include picnic tables, BBQs, shelters, public toilets, and change rooms, making it an awesome place to comfortably spend a good amount of time there and take in all the beauty that this unique place has to offer.
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Cool perspective behind the falls
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
Once you’ve finished exploring Millaa Millaa, I highly recommend allowing yourself enough time to visit the other two waterfalls on the Waterfall Circuit road which are;
After you’ve completed the Waterfall Circuit, make sure to stop into The Falls Treehouse Cafe for some road trip snacks and a great coffee to see you through the drive home back to Cairns.
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WHERE TO STAY IN CAIRNS
There are hundreds of accommodation options to choose from in Cairns, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of Cairns accommodations below that I personally recommend:
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BUDGET: MAD MONKEYS BACKPACKERS
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