Stoney Creek Falls

Barron Gorge National Park / Atherton Tablelands Region / Cairns Region / Kuranda, Queensland, Australia

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Stoney Creek Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Stoney Creek Falls was a waterfall that we were under the impression was only viewable while riding the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Based on this assumption, that was the primary reason why Julie and I chose to wind down our final full day in Far North Queensland by going on a paid tour that included this train ride. I'm not sure if there would be other means of seeing this waterfall without having to go on the scenic railway or not, but all of the photos you see on this page were taken directly from the train ride. As you can see, it wasn't easy to get a satisfactory view of it from within the train both because it was moving, and because the train tracks passed very close to the falls.

I'm not certain how we would have been able to take the kind of photos that we had seen in advertisements as well as photos in the literature showing an attractive shot of the falls in context as rail cars would pass right before it. We'll have to do a little more research to see if any of the walking tracks within the Barron Gorge National Park would have yielded such alternate views. In any case, we were pretty much relegated to sticking our heads (and arms) out the window in order to get our fleeting awkward glimpses of the falls before the train would continue its journey back downhill towards the Cairns lowlands.

We also saw the Barron Falls earlier on in the train ride, so this double waterfall feature on this train ride further compelled us to just do the train ride. Hopefully next time, we might be able to figure out how to get those elusive contextual views of the falls and the scenic railway.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Looking ahead at our Kuranda Scenic Railway train passing before Stoney Creek FallsLooking ahead at our Kuranda Scenic Railway train passing before Stoney Creek Falls
While we were riding the Kuranda Scenic Railway, we managed to get these broad expansive views towards the Cairns lowlands as we were getting closer to the endpoint at CairnsWhile we were riding the Kuranda Scenic Railway, we managed to get these broad expansive views towards the Cairns lowlands as we were getting closer to the endpoint at Cairns
While we were killing time in the town of Kuranda, Julie and I checked out this place called Batreach, which let us get a close look at some native Australian fruit batsWhile we were killing time in the town of Kuranda, Julie and I checked out this place called Batreach, which let us get a close look at some native Australian fruit bats
Cairns was not only the start and end points of our Kuranda Scenic Railway tour, but we also did a tour to the Great Barrier ReefCairns was not only the start and end points of our Kuranda Scenic Railway tour, but we also did a tour to the Great Barrier Reef
Distant view of some waterfall seen along the railway after passing by Barron FallsDistant view of some waterfall seen along the railway after passing by Barron Falls

Approaching Stoney Creek FallsApproaching Stoney Creek Falls

Closeup of Stoney Creek FallsCloseup of the falls

Looking back towards Stoney Creek Falls after having just passed by itLooking back towards the falls after having just passed by it

Looking back at the Kuranda Scenic Railway as the track was curling around a bendLooking back at the Kuranda Scenic Railway as the track was curling around a bend

When we were walking back from the railway station in Cairns, we noticed it was low tide as we were looking out towards the Ocean from the Cairns CBDWhen we were walking back from the railway station in Cairns, we noticed it was low tide as we were looking out towards the Ocean from the Cairns CBD


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Brief look at the falls as the train pulls away


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

See the Barron Falls page for how we were able to experience this falls via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. To my knowledge, we aren't aware of any other way to visit this waterfall.

To summarize how this excursion went, we did our tour from Cairns, which took us up to Kuranda, and then we caught the scenic railway back to Cairns.




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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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