Wallaman Falls is arguably the best waterfall in Queensland and is widely known for being the tallest, permanent, single-drop waterfall in Australia at 269 meters!
These falls can be found near Ingham, Queensland, and it’s surrounded by a World Heritage-listed rainforest filled with stunning flora and fauna.
I have put together this ultimate guide which includes how to get there, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS WALLAMAN FALLS & HOW TO GET THERE
These falls are located in Girringun National Park, just 50 minutes drive inland from Ingham, Queensland.
From Cairns, it’s approximately a 4-hour drive, and from Townsville, it’s around 2.5 hours drive to reach Wallaman Falls Queensland.
There are no public transport options available to access Girringun National Park so you will need to have your own vehicle to visit.
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The base of the falls
An aerial perspective
ARRIVING AT THE FALLS
When you arrive, you’ll find a large parking lot with plenty of free parking spaces available which is conveniently located at the entrance to the falls.
There are also toilet amenities and picnic areas next to the parking lot that you can make use of before and after your visit.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting during the Wet Season (November to April) which is when the falls are the strongest. However, the waterfall is flowing all year round.
The best time to visit the falls is between 8 am and 12 pm for the best lighting from the sun. After about 3:30 pm, the sun will disappear behind the canyon which blocks the light from hitting the waterfall.
If you’re not a morning person, you can still visit at any time during the day, just make sure to allow yourself enough time to complete the walk before dark which is around 1½ – 2 hours, return.
It’s a very popular tourist attraction and it can get quite busy on the weekends. If you can time your visit for a weekday, you will get to enjoy it with fewer people.
The parking lot at the falls
Girrungun National Park
Enjoying a coffee before the hike down
WALLAMAN FALLS LOOKOUT
When you arrive, there are two platforms boasting incredible views over the falls that I recommend checking out before making the hike down to the base of the falls.
Hiking down to the base of the waterfall is an adventure in itself, though if you aren’t able or aren’t that keen, the view from the top lookout as good as it gets!
From the first platform, you’ll get a birds-eye perspective overlooking the falls, and the second lookout (about 300 meters along the Djyina Track) provides stunning views of the gorge and the Herbert River Valley.
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The top lookout
A birds-eye perspective
View of Herbert River Valley
THE DJYINDA TRACK
The walking trail down to the base of the falls, the Djyinda Track, is a 4km return hike. Allow yourself at least 45 minutes going down and 1 hour coming back up again.
Also, be sure to pack plenty of drinking water and any snacks that you think you might need for the journey.
The beginning of the track starts with a sealed path before transitioning to a dirt trail through the forest. The Djyinda walk snakes its way down the mountainside through the oldest rainforest in Australia.
The further along on the track you get, the wetter and often more slippery it becomes, so please take extra caution during the descent.
Unfortunately, you won’t catch a glimpse of the waterfall until you reach the end of the Djyinda Track, though as soon as you emerge at the base, you’ll get to experience the full sheer power of the waterfall.
There are a few signs at the beginning of the Djyinda walk that will make you aware of poisonous plants and dangerous cliffs, so be sure to stay on the path that leads all the way down to the base of the falls and you can’t go wrong.
The Djyinda walk trailhead
Beginning the Diyinda walk
Warning signs on the Djyinda walk
Watch out for the stinging plants
Deep into the rainforest
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE FALLS
When you reach the end of Djyinda Track, there’s a fenced-off viewing platform and from here you’ll be rewarded with phenomenal views of the 269m waterfall drop.
It’s possible to go swimming if you feel like cooling off after the long hike down. The depth of the swimming hole beneath the falls is around 20 meters.
Just be mindful that the rocks around the waterfall tend to be quite slippery, so be extra careful when rock-hopping around the base of the falls.
If you don’t feel like going swimming, you’ll still get wet from the misty spray that emits from the waterfall.
Do note, after heavy rains the stream can be very strong and it’s not recommended for swimming when the water is flowing quite heavily.
You could easily spend an hour or two at the base of the falls exploring the area, swimming in the rock pools, or working on your tan under the hot sun.
At the base of the falls
Wallaman Falls Australia
WALLAMAN FALLS CAMPING
If you plan on spending a night or two in Girringun National Park, the Wallaman Falls camping grounds are a popular spot for visitors.
From the main parking lot at the falls, head back along Lookout Road to the T-intersection, turn right, and the Wallaman Falls camping area is located on the left-hand side, adjacent to Stony Creek. It is clearly signposted, so you can’t miss it!
The facilities at the camping area include wood fire barbeques, picnic tables, running water, and a cold water shower.
Camping permits are required and I highly recommend booking online in advance as you won’t have any phone connection to access the internet once you reach Girringun National Park.
- $6.75 per person per night
- $27 per family per night
Visit parks.des.qld.gov.au to make a booking.
MAP OF WALLAMAN WATERFALL
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.
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