Malanda Falls, on the North Johnstone River, tumbles over basalt rock formed by an ancient lava flow that spread from the Mount Hypipamee area 15 kilometres away.
Starting on the opposite side of the road to the car park, the Rainforest walk follows the North Johnstone River before turning back through the forest to its starting point. Look for platypus, fish and turtles from the viewing deck over the river, and learn some of the many tree species that make up the forest. Stay on the walking track and boardwalks at all times.... more
Distance: 1.5 kilometres return.
Time: allow 1 hour walking time.... less
The Malanda Falls Visitor Centre is well worth a look if you are interested in the Aboriginal history, geology, vegetation and wildlife of the area.
In spring, the track is covered with fruits, conspicuous by their size and thick, leathery coating.
How To Get There
Malanda township is 120 kilometres from Cairns via the Gillies Highway. From Malanda, follow the main street as it becomes the Malanda-Atherton Road to the western edge of the township. Turn right into the carpark just after crossing the North Johnstone River.
From Atherton, follow the Malanda-Atherton Road to the outskirts of Malanda.
The lower humidity and daytime temperatures at Malanda Falls Conservation Park are a pleasant escape from the coastal extremes. Maximum summer temperatures are around 29 degrees Celsius while winter temperatures can fall below 10 degrees Celsius at night.
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