Mungalli Falls

Atherton Tablelands Region / Millaa Millaa, Queensland, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 2
Mungalli Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Mungalli Falls was one of the prettier and taller waterfalls we had seen amongst the plethora of waterfalls found amidst the Atherton Tablelands near Millaa Millaa. This one dropped in three apparent tiers where the middle drop was the longest one. It was said to have a cumulative drop of 75m though I have to believe this overall height must also include the Mungalli Cascade further upstream, which itself had a different character than the one you see pictured at the top of this page.

Our visit to the Mungalli Falls began at the Mungalli Student Village and Wilderness Retreat. From within the complex, we were able to look down over the top of the falls from a lookout that was adjacent to what seemed to be a climbing wall or abseiling route. As we walked on the track (which seemed to be a former road) towards the bottom of the falls, we passed before the attractive Mungalli Cascade, which was a wide rivulated cascade with character. This particular waterfall tier was conducive to a long exposure photograph given its rippling property.

Beyond the cascade, we continued walking on the former road alongside what looked to be a rather difficult obstacle course. We didn't have to do this obstacle course to continue on the hike, but we were tempted to try to go across it even though we were supposed to get permission from the retreat before using it. All we can say about this obstacle course was that we were supposed to keep our balance on a series of swinging logs and rope walks back-to-back as we would have to get from one end to the other. It was difficult to even go a few steps on just one of the sections!

Anyhow, beyond the obstacle, the track then descended on a gravel dirt road towards a small cul-de-sac, which looked to be the former car park for the falls. From this dead-end, a signpost marked the continuation of the track as it entered a lush vegetated area a short distance to the lookout right at the base of Mungalli Falls. Overall, it took Julie and I about an hour to do the walk as well as spent lots of time enjoying the falls from both its top and bottom. Apparently, it was also said that glowworms could be found in the dell near the falls though it was probably too bright for us to see them during our visit.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the Mungalli Cascade near the Student Village and Wilderness RetreatThis was the Mungalli Cascade near the Student Village and Wilderness Retreat
Perhaps the most famous waterfall of the Atherton Tablelands was Millaa Millaa Falls, which was 13km from Mungalli FallsPerhaps the most famous waterfall of the Atherton Tablelands was Millaa Millaa Falls, which was 13km from Mungalli Falls
Further to the northeast of the Atherton Tablelands was the town of Cairns, which was the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Now we weren't divers, but we found that snorkeling was as good at the GBRFurther to the northeast of the Atherton Tablelands was the town of Cairns, which was the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Now we weren't divers, but we found that snorkeling was as good at the GBR
Julie at the upper overlook looking down over the top of Mungalli FallsJulie at the upper overlook looking down over the top of the falls

View from the top of Mungalli FallsView from the top of the falls

Looking down at the Mungalli Falls from its topLooking down at the falls from its top

Looking upstream towards the Mungalli Cascade as we started to walk towards the bottom of Mungalli FallsLooking upstream towards the Mungalli Cascade as we started to walk towards the bottom of Mungalli Falls

The obstacle course that we passed by on the way to the base of Mungalli FallsThe obstacle course that we passed by on the way to the base of the falls

At the end of the groomed road and the start of the last bit of track to the base of Mungalli FallsAt the end of the groomed road and the start of the last bit of track to the base of the falls

Another look at Mungalli Falls trying to squeeze all three of its visible tiers in one frameAnother look at Mungalli Falls trying to squeeze all three of its visible tiers in one frame

Looking towards the upper two tiers of Mungalli Falls with the underlying basalt cliff looking more apparentLooking towards the upper two tiers of the falls with the underlying basalt cliff looking more apparent


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Fixated on the upper cascade before the actual falls


Fixated on the upper two tiers of the main part of the falls


Left to right sweep from the top of the falls eventually ending where we looked down towards its base


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The turnoff from the Palmerston Hwy (Hwy 25) for Mungalli Falls was on Junction Rd about 9km east of the Theresa Creek turnoff (one end of the Waterfalls Circuit) within the town limits of Millaa Millaa as well as a little over 44km west of the start of the Palmerston Hwy in Innisfail. The car park for the Student Village and Wilderness Retreat complex was about 3km along Junction Rd.

For geographical context, Innisfail was 88km (over an hour drive) south of Cairns and 260km (3 hours drive) north of Townsville.




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ITINERARIES

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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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