Waterfalls, Springs and places to see in North Queensland
Must see places
Here are a couple of waterfalls we saw while travelling through North Queensland, bearing in mind that this was during their dry par of their dry season in winter. Most of Queensland’s rain falls in the summer months.
As you can probably imagine you cannot cross the creeks and rivers in their wet season as they are flooded. It is a little disappointing as it would be the best time to see the wonderful turbulence of the waterfalls in their full glory.
Most of these are only accessible with a four wheel drive vehicle.
The first one is at Wujal Wujal an Aboriginal community of Bloomfield. The amount of water flowing over this fall is incredible at this time of year and you need to be cautious as this is crocodile country. It is situated between Cooktown and the Daintree. You could reach this by travelling down the coast from either end, although you would need to cross on the Ferry boat from the Daintree end.
To reach this one you need to drive north from Cooktown (leave your caravan behind). This had a sign on the property, no crocs, no mosquitos, but when we arrived at the end of May it had a new sign. Beware Crocodile sited at beginning of May. You could do a day trip going to the Endeavour falls, then onto the aboriginal settlement at HopeVale onto Old Laura homestead then to the New Laura town and back to Cooktown.
This one is only small. You come to it as you cross over one of the many creeks on the trip from Cooktown.
This one is reputedly to be the widest, single drop fall in Australia. This is situated North of Archer Point, and East of Mt Garnet. Many army troops were encamped in and around this area during World War 2.
You do not need a four wheel drive to view this one, although it is a 340m walk down to the falls. Remember it is always easy to walk down an incline but save enough energy to climb back up the hill. It is well worth the exercise.
No water is falling at this time of year except a small amount seeping from a small pipe on the right of this picture. You will definitely need a four wheel drive to reach this place.
You can camp at Fountain springs on the main road, leave your caravan there. Drive twenty four kms to view these springs. You will have to cross a couple of running creeks to arrive at your destination. Well worth this trip.
While camped here you could also drive out to the ClemWaltonPark and have a barbecue along the CorellaRiver and dam.
Mary Kathleen open cut uranium mine
This is an old open cut mining town, the bitumen roads are nearly all that is left of the town. Do not leave until you see the open cut mine, although you do need a four wheel drive vehicle for this. The vivid blue at the base of this mine is unbelievable; this picture does not do it justice. Beware of snakes hiding or sunbaking in the long grasses around the bush areas. My husband nearly stepped on one at the top of this mine. It scared us at the time.
I believe these are all worth a look. The mountains and scenery throughout this beautiful country has to be seen to be believed. You need to talk to the locals to find some of these places or ask at the local tourist bureaus.
Beware use caution at all times
Poisonous Snakes and Crocodiles can and will kill you
Watch where you are walking, be on the lookout for snakes and other non friendly animals as Australia is a big country and distance to the nearest medical centre may be several hundreds of kilometres away.