Souita Falls

Atherton Tablelands Region / Millaa Millaa, Queensland, Australia

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Souita Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Souita Falls was another one of the more obscure waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands area. This was probably due to the fact that it was situated in a quieter part of the Atherton Tablelands near the hamlet of Middlebrook, which was really more of an agricultural area than a town. Julie and I happened to kill time going to this waterfall in between visits to the nearby Millaa Millaa Falls as we were waiting for the right time of day to go back there for better photos. Given the relative obscurity of this waterfall, we were told that platypus could be found amidst the watercourse giving rise to the waterfalls. However, that wasn't the case during our visit.

In any case, when Julie and I arrived at Souita Falls, we quickly learned that this was actually a pair of small waterfalls within close proximity of each other. Both waterfalls were easily reachable from the same walking track. Julie and I spent about 25 minutes away from the car despite there being two waterfalls.

We were able to reach the first waterfall within about 150m of walking. There was an overlook platform letting us see a bit of the falls from its top. However, most of its drop was hidden from us as the creek dropped into the shadowy depths of the mini-ravine away from our line-of-sight from the lookout. From what we could tell, there was no safe way of getting a better look at it. Next, we continued another 70m on the short walking track towards the second waterfall. We were able to get sideways views of it through some overgrowth. We never really got a totally clean look given the overgrowth, but we still thought this section was the more scenic of the two drops.

Finally, there seemed to be a little bit of confusion between this waterfall and Pepina Falls. That was because we found a sign at Millaa Millaa Falls that had the two waterfalls mixed up. As you can see from the signage shown in some of the photos on this page, we're pretty sure we have correctly identified both waterfalls.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Roughly 12km north of Souita Falls was the beautiful Millaa Millaa FallsRoughly 12km north of Souita Falls was the beautiful Millaa Millaa Falls
Not far west of Souita Falls was the Atherton Wind Farm, which was an impressive array of turbines spread out on some rolling hills harnessing wind energyNot far west of Souita Falls was the Atherton Wind Farm, which was an impressive array of turbines spread out on some rolling hills harnessing wind energy
Further to the northeast of Souita Falls and the Atherton Tablelands was the town of Cairns, which was where we based ourselves to tour offshore at the Great Barrier ReefFurther to the northeast of Souita Falls and the Atherton Tablelands was the town of Cairns, which was where we based ourselves to tour offshore at the Great Barrier Reef
At the trailhead for Souita Falls along the now-unpaved Middlebrook RdAt the trailhead for the falls along the now-unpaved Middlebrook Rd

Signage indicating we had finally found the correct place for Souita FallsSignage indicating we had finally found the correct place for Souita Falls

Looking down at the first of the Souita FallsLooking down at the first of the falls

Julie checking out the Souita Falls from an overlookJulie checking out the falls from an overlook

Looking through some overgrowth at the second Souita FallsLooking through some overgrowth at the second falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Fixated on the upper falls


Top to bottom sweep of the longer, lower waterfall


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the town of Millaa Millaa, the Palmerston Hwy stopped becoming Hwy 25 as it turned left from the centre of town. Note that Hwy 25 would then continue as the Millaa Millaa-Malanda Rd. We then went south from this junction for about 7.3km until we reached a turnoff for Middlebrook Rd on our left. Turning left onto this road, we then continued for the next 4.7km. However, we had to make sure we didn't incorrectly take any of the side roads as we were going on the Middlebrook Rd. Indeed, finding this place was not trivial.

For the last 500m, the road became gravel just past a signed fork. Eventually, we would arrive at the easy-to-miss pullout adjacent to the trailhead.

The Palmerston Hwy continuation in Millaa Millaa was about 55km west of the Bruce Hwy (A1) in Innisfail.

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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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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