Emerald Creek, Dinden West Forest Reserve
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Emerald Creek rushes out of the rainforest-clad heights of the Lamb Range and down into open eucalypt woodland. Here the waters of the creek tumble over granite boulders, forming the picturesque falls that plunge into placid pools. Bottlebrush trees sprout from between the rocks, their red flowers giving a splash of colour to the scene in season. Smooth-barked water gums lean over the creek, the trunks of some interestingly twisted by the battering of floodwaters.
Picnic in the day-use area and cool down in the nearby creek. Follow the moderate 1.9 kilometre track to a lookout over the falls with scenic views, not only of the falls, but also back along the valley and across the northern Atherton Tableland. Near the creek, look for dragonflies and damselflies. You may even see the giant petalurid dragonfly, the largest dragonfly in Australia.
Stay on the track and behind safety fences at all times.
Yes. Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash.
How To Get There:
From Cairns, take the Kennedy Highway towards Mareeba (60 kilometres). Just 3 kilometres before Mareeba turn left onto the signposted Tinaroo Creek Road. Follow Tinaroo Creek Road for about 3 kilometres and then turn left into Cobra Road. After 2 kilometres of bitumen the road is unsealed for the final 6 kilometres. Cobra Road turns into Emerald Falls Road and is steep in places and can be boggy when wet. It is unsuitable for caravans and trailers.
The shady day-use area and a cool creek make Emerald Creek a nice place to visit year-round. The drier, cooler months of May to November are the best times but heavy rainfall can occur at any time. After rain the roads can be impassable and the water level in the creek can rise rapidly and without warning.
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Emeral Falls Road
Via Tinaroo Creek Road
Queensland 4880 Australia
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