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Waterfalls, Springs and places to see in North Queensland

Updated on October 28, 2009

Waterfalls

Bloomfiels Waterfall
Bloomfiels Waterfall
Endeavour Falls
Endeavour Falls
Isabella falls
Isabella falls
Millstream falls
Millstream falls

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.

 

Bloomfield waterfall

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.

 

Endeavour falls

 

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.

IsabellaFalls

This one is only small.  You come to it as you cross over one of the many creeks on the trip from Cooktown.

 

MillstreamFalls

 

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.

 

Driving through Isabella creek
Driving through Isabella creek

Fountain Springs

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.

ClemWaltonPark

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.

Mary Kathleen open cut Uranium mine
Mary Kathleen open cut Uranium mine
Clem walton park
Clem walton park

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    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Visey, Yes it is very relaxing around any running water it seems so peaceful. thanks for stopping by

    • Vizey profile image

      Vizey 

      9 years ago

      If only I had a cottage near these water falls and mountains. These pictures are truly beautiful. I can feel lovely cold breeze that flows around these waterfalls in my room.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      ethel smith, thanks for stopping by

      peggy, yes I was petrified of the thought of a crocodile being there.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Beautiful waterfalls. Of course having to watch out for crocodiles would spoil the fun a bit. LOL

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some useful advice and interesting photos. Would love to visit Australia. Maybe one day......

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