Barron Falls was once a mighty 131m waterfall descending from the Atherton Tablelands towards the Barron Gorge and lowlands near Cairns.
These days most of the falls is diverted is for hydroelectricity and hence the falls appears as nothing more than smaller strands of water weaving between the natural grooves within the exposed bedrock. Such was the case during our May 2008 visit where the falls was nothing like its monsoonal flooding state (i.e. the more impressive one). I reckon the falls only flows like you see it in the postcards (i.e. with full flow) during or immediately after heavy rains, which usually occurs during Far North Queensland's wet season (i.e. the Australian Summer). A visitor posted a picture of the falls in full flow here.
I'm aware of a few ways to see the falls. The way we did it was as part of the Kuranda Scenic Rail which made a stop at an overlook platform looking right across the Barron Gorge towards the falls. The train stopped for a few minutes to sllow us to snap photos.
Another way to see the falls that I'm aware of involves self-driving to a dedicated car park and trail to the same overlook as the one the Kuranda Scenic Rail stops for. The last way that I'm aware of involves seeing the falls via the Sky Rail.
Directions: Since we only visited this waterfall as part of the Kuranda Scenic Railway excursion, we can only advise on the way we did it.
I didn't recall having to drive at all on the day we did this excursion. Basically, we caught a bus that took us to Kuranda Village. Then, we caught the 2pm train leading from Kuranda back down to Cairns via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. I believe the Barron Falls platform was roughly 3km from Kuranda.
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