Surrounded by dense rainforest, the North Johnstone River tumbles over basalt rock that was formed by an ancient lava flow at Malanda Falls. The much-photographed picturesque falls flow into an artificial swimming pool in this popular park near Malanda.
Have a picnic and take a dip in the pool. Follow the easy one kilometre Tulip Oak walk beside the river and through the rainforest. Learn about the Ngadjon-Jii culture from interpretive signs as you walk along the track. Watch for platypus from the viewing platforms. Keep an eye out for secretive tree-kangaroos, sometimes seen here.
Children are welcome.
How To Get There
120 kilometres south-west of Cairns via the Bruce and Gillies Highways. From Malanda, follow the main street as it becomes the Malanda-Atherton Road to the western edge of the township. Turn right into the car park just after crossing the North Johnstone River. From Atherton, follow the Malanda-Atherton Road to the outskirts of Malanda.
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