The Atherton Tablelands is a wide area that features many small towns, outdoor adventure, and picturesque natural surroundings. We had read a lot about the waterfalls in the area so we devoted the day to waterfall hunting. With a list and a map we made it to 6 out of the top 9 waterfalls in the area.
Malanda Falls- This waterfall is on the smaller side, but it was an easy walk from the car park.
Milla Milla Falls has been featured in several commercials including an Herbal Essence commercial. We could definitely see why. The rock forms a curved shape with the waterfall in the center. Around the fall is an array of ferns and other tropical foliage that make it a photographer’s dream.
Zillie Falls has a lookout platform that is a short walk from the car park. However, you can only really see the top of the waterfall. If you are feeling more adventurous we suggest hiking down toward rock pools. It is a little tricky to navigate the rocks, but the view is worth it.
Ellinjaa Falls was very lovely. There is a sizable pool at the bottom that looked nice for swimming. Watch out for the roosters and bush turkeys in the picnic area. They want your lunch!
Mungalli Falls has two sections. The first section is right near the car park. Take an approximately 10 minute walk down the hill and you can view the lower portion of the waterfall. Again a lovely scene among the tropical landscape.
Nandroya Falls was really spectacular. It can be a little tricky to find from the road as the signage is within a camping ground. Nevertheless, the 4-6 km hike (depending on what trail you take) is worth it. Along the hike there was another little waterfall called Silver Falls. The hike isn’t too strenuous and you are rewarded greatly with a really tall waterfall that made for gorgeous scenery.
Atherton Tablelands was a really nice day trip from Cairns. There is a lot to see and explore in the area. We highly suggest renting a car and seeing where the wind take you.