Josephine Falls

NATIONAL PARK: Dogs not allowed
ROAD ACCESS: Bitumen Road to carpark approx 8 kms from Bruce Highway.
FACILITIES: Toilets, sheltered picnic tables & limited grassed areas at carpark, swimming hole and natural rock slide at falls.
WALKS: 700 metre rainforest walk to 3 lookouts over Falls.  Bitumen path with some stairs & boardwalks.  Difficulty: Easy. Start point for Mt Bartle Frere Walk
WARNINGS: Susceptible to flash flooding


Traditional country of the Ngadjon-Jii

Travel south from Cairns to Mirriwinni (68km). Two kilometres past Mirriwinni, turn right into the signposted road to Josephine Falls. The car park is a further 8km along this road. From the car park follow a signposted 600m walk to the clean, clear waters of Josephine Creek that tumble off the slopes of Mt Bartle Frere.

Platforms allow safe views of the falls. Wheelchair access is available to the viewing platform at the top pool and stairs lead down to the bottom pool.

The water is surprisingly cold, and this has produced an unusually cool microclimate. You will be able to observe the Atherton Palm as well as the moisture-loving potato fern.

No dogs are allowed in this National Park, and camping at the falls is prohibited.

Caution and common sense are required during our wet season. There is the potential for flash flooding to occur, as well as sudden increases in water levels.

Nevertheless, when the temperatures and the humidity are high, the falls are refreshingly cool and beautiful, and an excellent spot for a picnic. Don’t miss it!

Josephine Falls is also the start point for the Bartle Frere hiking Track and the Broken Nose hiking track.