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Josephine Falls

Updated Tue 06 Sep 2022

Josephine Falls, Atherton Tabelands, Cairns

Josephine Falls is one of the many scenic waterfalls located along the North Eastern coastline of Australia, boasting a natural cascading waterslide that flows best after rainfall on Queensland’s highest peak, Bartle Frere. Located 75 km south of Cairns in the Wooroonooran region, Josephine Falls is a short 1 hour and a 15-minute drive from the bustling hub of Cairns.

Following a short, easy bush walk to the falls through lush rainforest vegetation, visitors can make their way up the rocks and try their hand at the natural granite waterslide - the smooth rock and crisp pool below make for a fun ride that will have you going back for more!

Providing visitors with the ideal spot to spread out the picnic rug, refresh from the humid Cairns weather, and relax with friends and family, Josephine Falls is the perfect day trip from Cairns during the wet season or if a freshwater escape is in mind! With crystal-clear waters and postcard-perfect scenery, a road trip to Josephine Falls is a must-add to your Cairns itinerary!

Josephine Falls and the Bartle Frere region beholds generations-old knowledge and management from the traditional custodians the Noongyanbudda Ngadjon Aboriginal people, who maintain a close continuing spiritual connection to the area today. 

Getting to Josephine Falls from Cairns

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Josephine Falls is located in the small town named Mirriwinni, in the Mount Bartle Frere region south of Cairns. A quick day trip from the city, to get to Josephine Falls from Cairns visitors should drive out to the Bruce Highway and continue for 75 kilometres south until they reach Miriwinni. From here, take the Mount Bartle Frere turnoff and continue following the Josephine Falls signposts for another 8 kilometres.

Josephine Falls has public access parking and a paved pathway for an easy walk. The falls themselves are open and accommodation to all the public with a BBQ area and several walking tracks.

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Atherton Tableland Tours that visit Josephine Falls

Group of people bushwalking through the Cairns rainforest region

If you’re situated in the lively coastal town of Cairns and are seeking a day of sun-soaked adventure a Atherton Tablelands and Rainforest day tour is the best way to see the enchanting waterfalls of the Cairns region (including Josephine!) and share a laugh with friends new and old! 

Explore our popular day tours below, or live chat with our team of Cairns experts to find your perfect waterfall-filled itinerary!

People relaxing on the rocks at Josephine Falls, Cairns

For the avid hikers or those simply eager for a leisurely rainforest stroll, there are several walks that twist through the Josephine Falls landscape! From the 1.2-kilometre walk to the top of Josephine Falls or the 10-kilometre hike to Broken Nose, there is something for everyone.

Before visiting please be aware that some areas of the falls are restricted as there are slippery rocks that make for dangerous footing. Always abide by the signs and make sure you stay in the allowed areas.

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