Murray Falls

Girramay National Park / Cassowary Coast / near Cardwell, Queensland, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
Murray Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Murray Falls was a pretty easy waterfall to visit as far as Julie and I were concerned. The roughly 20m waterfall tumbled over bare rocks worn smooth by the waters of the Murray River (not to be confused by the Murray River belonging to the Murray-Darling basin). Surrounding the falls were boulders and water-sculpted rock pools at its base. It seemed like our early afternoon visit to the falls in May 2008 came at the right time as the falls were pleasantly backlit while we also noticed a rare turtle chilling out besides one of these rock pools.

We took a well-established 300m walk to get to a viewing platform near the base of the falls. We also noticed that there was a longer 1.8km walk to the top of the falls that left from the opposite end of the large picnic area where we left our rental car (see directions below). Call us lazy, but we didn't do this longer track so we can't say anything more about it, but I did regret not doing it for I'm sure that top-down perspective from the top of the falls would've given us a totally different waterfalling experience.

Although the pools looked inviting, there were signs urging us to keep out due to slippery rocks. Perhaps more importantly, the signs tried to keep us from impacting the fragile environment around the Murray River while not disturbing the endangered species here (including the turtles we saw). Thus, Julie and I only spent about 45 minutes away from the car.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

A real pleasant surprise about our Murray Falls visit was that we chanced upon a turtle sighting as it was basking by the waterfall's plunge poolA real pleasant surprise about our Murray Falls visit was that we chanced upon a turtle sighting as it was basking by the waterfall's plunge pool
Murray Falls was near the town of Cardwell, which itself was close to the remote Hinchinbrook IslandMurray Falls was near the town of Cardwell, which itself was close to the remote Hinchinbrook Island
The turnoff for Murray Falls was about 21km north of Cardwell, but 54km further south was the town of Ingham, and about 49km west of Ingham was Wallaman Falls, which was our favorite waterfall in QLDThe turnoff for Murray Falls was about 21km north of Cardwell, but 54km further south was the town of Ingham, and about 49km west of Ingham was Wallaman Falls, which was our favorite waterfall in QLD
The start of the short walk to Murray FallsThe start of the short walk to the falls

That's me going on the boardwalk to Murray FallsThat's me going on the boardwalk to the falls

Looking ahead at Murray FallsLooking ahead at the falls

Context of Murray Falls from an access further downstreamContext of the falls from an access further downstream

Julie walking towards Murray FallsJulie walking towards the falls

Julie at the viewing platform for Murray FallsJulie at the viewing platform for the falls

View of Murray Falls from the lookout platform near its baseView of the falls from the lookout platform near its base

This was a smaller side cascade feeding one of the adjacent rock pools to the base of Murray FallsThis was a smaller side cascade feeding one of the adjacent rock pools to the base of the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Direct look at the falls from one of the lower lookouts (please excuse the garbled sounds thanks to Windows Movie Maker)


Deliberate bottom up sweep of the falls from the closest lookout to the falls itself


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Cardwell (where we were staying), we took the Bruce Hwy (A1) north for about 21km. We then turned left (there's a signpost indicating this) onto Bilyana Rd. We then followed this road for about 19km to its end (it changed names a couple of times as Middle Murray Rd then became Murray Falls Rd). We managed to find parking at the large picnic area where the walking track started.

For context, Cardwell was 53km (over 30 minutes drive) north of Ingham, 165km (2 hours drive) north of Townsville, and 182km (over 2 hours drive) south of Cairns.




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ITINERARIES

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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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