Josephine Falls
Josephine Falls
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Bartle Frere Lot 1 Josephine Falls Walk Wooroonooran National Park, Cairns, Queensland 4861 Australia
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  • Janeane1965
    Melbourne, Australia893 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic
    WOW. What an amazing location. These stunning falls about an hour south of Cairns. Easy walk up to the falls where you can enjoy a beautiful swim and slide down the rocks into the water. Nature at its best. A must do when in FNQ
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Dms1999
    Harlow, United Kingdom106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful-fun - all in one
    This is one of my favourite places in the world. It is Bea and exiting. I’ve been a few time before but this time it had been raining and it was a bit more of a challenge to swim across and probably not recommended for all the rock are slippery and a lot of people do fall. There is a big rock slide which is a lot of fun for all ages. The walk to/ from isn’t too hard and parking/toilets are available(there may b a few 8 legged friends in there !
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Scott B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    What a magnificent place. Defintely worth stopping by. I am still yet to visit the Golden hole around the corner but I have heard that the Golden pool is no longer ok for swimming. Josephine falls is defintely safe to swim as long as it hasn't been raining upstream.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Sonyer D
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Stunning Waterfall
    Breathtakingly beautiful cascading water fall that ends in rocky pools. We managed to swim and also enjoyed a natural slide into the water. Lots of climbing over slippery surfaces needed to enjoy the water, however there are viewpoints for those who can't get into the water. Stay safe and follow the signs.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 8, 2023
  • Alix V
    Sydney, Australia232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crystal clean beauty
    An absolute highlight of one of our days chasing waterfalls. Josephine Falls is crystal clear, so unbelievably clean and has a safe and bigger swimming spot at the bottom. Set yourself up on the rocks and you can stay for hours in the shade. There is a fun natural rock slide into the pool as well as a rope swing.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 10, 2024
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jebskulker
Sydney, NSW2,048 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I came here as part of a day tour from Cairns, but it could easily be reached by car as it's free entrty. We arrived around 10am & there were only 10 or so people at the falls itself, it's a short walk from the car park and it's all paved if people want to wear thongs instead of shoes.
The water is cold but once you get in you do get used to it after a few seconds, just move around a bit, and there's enough room to have a leisurely swim.
A lot of people were going over to the natural water side, that's what this place is famous for in the area, and everyone was having a great time. A must visit while in Cairns.
Written July 3, 2021
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Stefan H
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
For me this is the pick of the Falls near Cairns. Located between Cairns and Innesfail its an easy drive in and quite scenic. July August is harvesting time for the sugar cane, there is lots of activity with cane harvesting and cane transport by dedicated trains, really unique to North Queensland.

Josephine Falls will not disappoint, there are good toilet amenities there at the car park, with ample spaces. The walk to the fall through the forest is lovely. When you get to the falls, the left turns will take you to a few look out point, which are just beautiful, the right turn takes you to the base base, here you can relax and have a swim. Be mindful that the water is very Cool!! You get used to it pretty quickly. This Falls also has the natural rock slide, which is quite unique and very popular.

Note though the weather conditions in Cairn can change rapidly and the area can become unsafe, usually the local council will close of the swimming section when there is excessive rain causing flooding. If you are not sure there is a water level sign at the base of the water hole which is depicted with Green (Safe), Yellow (Caution) and Red (No Go) typical in the winter this waterfall is accessible unless there are unseasonable rains around.
Written September 1, 2022
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FamAdventure
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A stopover here is highly recommended... actually, it is worth the drive if you are staying in Cairns!

We visited on a very wet day, no swimming was allowed and the water was flowing really fast. I wouldn't have liked to see anyone swim in these conditions, but it was spectacle viewing those rapids.

A short walk from the car park is required.
Written July 16, 2021
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missyAustralia
australia343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here,meandering down to the different levels of the waterfall (easy walk) is well worthwhile. People were swimming & sliding down the rocks to a pooled area ,but be careful the signs give warnings to be very cautious. The sun was glistening off the rocks.... as the water flowed ,simply peaceful & beautiful. Highly recommended.
Written August 6, 2020
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Jove99
Brisbane, Australia311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Absolutely worth visiting. It’s a very beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. The walk-in access from the carpark is very good.
Access into the very cold water over slippery rocks was a little more challenging than I thought it would be but you get the hang of it. I could see how a pair of reef shoes might be handy.
Take as minimal amount of gear that you need for the day in one very small light bag or just take a towel - you don’t want to man handling armfuls of stuff when you arrive at the swimming hole, you’ll regret it.
Definitely recommend going early in the day. We arrived around 0900 on a Saturday and it was pretty quiet but by the time we left around 1130 it was getting quite busy.
Will definitely return.
Written January 17, 2021
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Angiopteris
Sydney, Australia217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Cascading waterfalls and rainforest, what more could you want. Well maintained track and steps to pools, QPS really did a great job providing access for visitors. Take care, the rocks can be slippery and some sandals are recommended. Even on the hot day the water was cool. Warming signs are everywhere about the currents so we kept to protected pools. Walked out at dusk to a chorus of mountain frogs.
Written February 20, 2021
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LisaD
Coppabella, Australia1,080 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Lots of parking space. But this also means lots of people. Yes there's toilets.
Easy walk (see pic for tracks) not sure why someone wrote it was hard.
Signs up everywhere warning you of the dangers, not sure why someone said there's not. They are there for a reason, just look at the death stats on the google.

Wheelchair friendly. In fact there was a man in a wheelchair there the same time as me. Viewing decks as well as pool fence gates & stairs down to the water if you decide to have a swim.

WARNING NOTE!:- The top pool is CLOSED to the public for swimming. Signs up, gate is padlocked shut.

YES idiots with their new born baby swam there and then climbed back over the padlocked fence. Teenage fools jumped off the rocks and swam across it. 1 male was struggling against the current & suction pulling him down. And a family sat there taking pics then had a swim. Can guarantee they'd be the first people to sue and complain when something goes wrong. Made me and others angry.

Falls & pools are absolutely beautiful, water was icy, too cold for me. Plenty of spots to sit or paddle in the water along the creek.
Written August 30, 2022
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The signboard said 700m to the falls from the carpark, but it didn't feel that far, albeit a slight incline up to start.

There are a couple of vantage spots to view or get down to the waters, all felt quite safe.

Carpark was a decent size, with amenities to one side

A very appealing area worth spending time at.
Written August 13, 2020
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Ellie M
Exeter, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Josephine falls was my favourite! Beautiful and was great for hanging out with friends. Do not be silly and jump off the rocks though as you'll break your neck, only walk on the dry spots of the rock. Would recommend and will be back one day!
Written January 21, 2020
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Christine C
Brisbane, Australia151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
We did this trip to Josephine Falls with a tour group Waterfall Wanderers. Absolutely loved visiting this amazing place. Josephine Falls is definitely one of those bucket list places to visit and although i was hesitant in the beginning to climb the rocks and slide down the falls, with Simon (our tour guides guidance) i did it and was so pleased i did. The water was beautiful and brisk to swim in. This place is definitely somewhere you should visit with experienced people as there is the possibility of slipping and causing yourself a massive injury. Simon our guide stepped us through the best way to climb up where to step and how to slide down and as we all followed his instructions we all had a go at sliding down the beautiful Josephine Falls and enjoying the experience and the wilderness around us. Absolutely amazing
Written December 23, 2020
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