Queensland Waterfalls (Australia)
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Queensland (QLD) waterfalls were largely replenished by the monsoons of the Wet Season as the state was pretty much all about the tropical climate. But even with the seasonal variations that seemed to be consistent amongst all of the waterfalls in the state, there was still quite a bit of variety when it came to the shape, size, and character of each of these waterfalls. And while much of the state was dominated by lush tropical rainforests (some of which were the remnants of ancient forests that once dominated the supercontinent Gondwanaland), our waterfalling adventures also took us to some of the state's drier interior as well as some beach towns that served as gateways to iconic features like the Great Barrier Reef as well as the Whitsundays. Some of our waterfalling excursions also took us within the reach of the cosmopolitan Brisbane and the Miami-like Gold Coast.
As you can see from the map at the top of this page, there was a very high concentration of waterfalls in the state so we had to break up this state into smaller divisions to get a better handle on this content overload. The subregions that we're defining are - Atherton Tablelands and the Northern Great Green Way
, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
, Hinchinbrook Shire and the Southern Great Green Way
, and the Whitsunday Region
The Atherton Tablelands and Northern Great Green Way division was probably where Julie and I saw the highest concentration of waterfalls in the state let along the country itself! Just to give you a sense of the waterfall saturation in this lush and tropical part of Queensland, we've managed to see the widest single-drop waterfall in Millstream Falls
, the iconic Millaa Millaa Falls
, Barron Falls
on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, and the unusually-shaped Dinner Falls
as well as Nandroya Falls
among others. And these waterfalls that I've named so far were barely a third of the waterfall cluster that we had experienced here! Adding to all that waterfall fatigue, Julie and I mixed things up a bit with the ability to find Nemo ourselves while snorkeling about in the Great Barrier Reef.
The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast division pretty much made up the southernmost coast of the state. This was probably the most developed part of Queensland as this part was anchored by cities like Brisbane, Surfer's Paradise, and more. And while beaches and water activities would be what one might envision about this area, there were also plenty of waterfalls in the hinterlands further away from the coast such as the Natural Bridge
(one of the most unusual waterfalls we've seen where it flowed in and out of its cave-like span) and Queen Mary Falls
The was the Hinchinbrook Shire and the Southern Great Green Way, which was where Julie and I experienced some of Australia's extreme waterfalls. For example, our waterfalling endeavors here took us to the country's highest single-drop waterfall in Wallaman Falls
as well as a waterfall way off the beaten track in Blencoe Falls
, which featured prominently as the location of the tribal council in the second season of the reality TV show "Survivor." There was even a waterfall where we managed to see a rare turtle basking by its plunge pool at Murray Falls
Finally, the Whitsunday Region was our excuse to encompass the vast central coast of Queensland. Even though our primary purpose of lingering in this region was to experience the beautiful sandbars of the Whitsunday Islands, Julie and I were able to visit the humid Finch-Hatton Gorge to see waterfalls like Araluen Falls
Indeed, there's much to explore in this dynamic state, and even though we think we saw most of its waterfalls, there were still plenty more we didn't get to see. Clearly, there's more "work" to be done, and we hope to be able to return here with new surprises and adventures to share with you. In the mean time, check out our current survey of waterfalls be scrolling below...
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