Ellinjaa Falls

Atherton Tablelands Region / Millaa Millaa, Queensland, Australia

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1.5
Ellinjaa Falls
Ellinjaa Falls was one of the three waterfalls as part of the 17km Waterfall Circuit along Theresa Creek Road. Viewing this waterfall required us to go on a walk that took us 20 minutes away from the car. The walk was downhill as we ultimately were led to a small lagoon right in front of the diminutive 10-15m waterfall. During our morning visit at around 9:15am in mid-May 2008, some of the sun's rays started to penetrate the forest cover thereby creating little light spots on the otherwise shadowy waterfall. It seemed like we missed the window for the best long exposure lighting conditions by about 15-30 minutes. Either that or we would have to wait until the very late afternoon when the falls would once again be completely in shadow (thereby be conducive to long exposure photographs again).

According to my Natmap Raster map of Australia, they spelled this waterfall as Elinjaa Falls where they only spelled it with one "l". I'm not sure if this spelling was correct or if the double-"l" version was correct. Regardless of what its true spelling was supposed to be, I don't know the meaning of the word and I couldn't find anything on it in the literature. Finally, even though we had no intention of doing this, we read that the plunge pool beneath the falls was conducive for swimming, which would be great for cooling off from the heat and humidity of tropical north Queensland.

Directions: Ellinjaa Falls was about 3.3km along the looping Theresa Creek Rd from the Palmerston Hwy (Hwy 25) going in the counterclockwise (anticlockwise) direction. The turnoff for Theresa Creek Rd going in this direction was about 53km west of the start of the Palmerston Hwy in Innisfail.

Going in the other direction, the other end of Theresa Creek Rd started from the far northeast corner of the Millaa Millaa town (about 1km west of the other end of the Theresa Creek Rd entrance mentioned above). It was about 12km going in the clockwise direction along Theresa Creek Rd to the car park for Ellinjaa Falls.

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Zillie Falls was the nearest waterfall to Ellinjaa Falls along the Waterfall Circuit
Perhaps the most famous waterfall of the Atherton Tablelands was Millaa Millaa Falls, which was 6.3km or 10.5km from Ellinjaa Falls depending on which way on Theresa Creek Rd you go
Our first look at Ellinjaa Falls upon arriving at its baseOur first look at the falls upon arriving at its base

Context of the rock-fringed plunge pool fronting Ellinjaa Falls under early morning lightContext of the rock-fringed pool fronting the falls under early morning light

Closer look at Ellinjaa Falls as the sun's rays was slicing across the upper sections of the diminutive fallsCloser look at the falls as the sun's rays was slicing across the upper sections of the diminutive falls

Another look at Ellinjaa Falls and its inviting plunge poolAnother look at the falls and its inviting plunge pool

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