Wallicher Falls and Tchupala Falls

Wooroonooran National Park / Atherton Tablelands Region / near Millaa Millaa, Queensland, Australia

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 2
Wallicher Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Wallicher Falls and Tchupala Falls were a pair of waterfalls sharing the same trailhead off the Palmerston Highway not far from Nandroya Falls. I probably could have described each of these waterfalls in their own page, but I figured that it would make more sense to include them together since it was only natural that we did the entire Y-shaped route to take in both waterfalls in one excursion. Similar to Nandroya Falls, this pair of falls seemed to be on the obscure side this side of the Atherton Tablelands vicinity as it was very easy to whiz by its trailhead while driving along the Palmerston Highway between Innisfail and Millaa Millaa.

Our hike began from the trailhead for both waterfalls right at the Palmerston Highway. After about 200m, we reached a trail junction where either had to hike the remainder of the trail to Tchupala Falls (360m from the junction, or 560m one-way from the trailhead) or hike the remainder of the trail to Wallicher Falls (500m from the junction, or 700m one-way from the trailhead). The overall hiking distance for the entire Y-shaped route was about 2km, which Julie and I completed in about 45 minutes.

The first waterfall we visited was the Tchupala Falls, which was the shorter walk. We followed the straightforward track to an informal but partially obstructed view of the segmented waterfall. Unfortunately, the remainder of the track leading to a better view of the falls was closed due to trail damage from Cyclone Larry. Thus, our photos of this falls were on the disappointing side as we never were able to get a clean view of it without going beyond the barricades (which we didn't do). This somewhat narrow dual waterfall looked to be around 10-15m tall.

Afterwards, we returned to the Y-junction and then proceeded to do the out-and-back hike to Wallicher Falls (I swore I saw a sign that spelled it Wallacha Falls). Anyhow, we followed this straightforward track to an established overlook where we were able to appreciate this wider yet more pleasing falls. The photo shown at the top of this page was of this waterfall. It was probably on the order of 10m tall but it was far wider than it was tall.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the somewhat obstructed view of Tchupala Falls from behind the track closure barricade due to trail damage done by Cycle LarryThis was the somewhat obstructed view of Tchupala Falls from behind the track closure barricade due to trail damage done by Cycle Larry
This was Crawfords Lookout looked through an opening in the foliage towards the North Johnstone River gorge.  This lookout was about 2.5km east of the trailhead for Wallicher and Tchupala FallsThis was Crawfords Lookout looked through an opening in the foliage towards the North Johnstone River gorge. This lookout was about 2.5km east of the trailhead for Wallicher and Tchupala Falls
Wallicher and Tchupala Falls was about 30km west of Innisfail, but Innisfail was about 84km south of the CBD of Cairns, from which we started and ended a tour of the Great Barrier ReefWallicher and Tchupala Falls was about 30km west of Innisfail, but Innisfail was about 84km south of the CBD of Cairns, from which we started and ended a tour of the Great Barrier Reef
The easy-to-miss trailhead right off the Palmerston HighwayThe easy-to-miss trailhead right off the Palmerston Highway

Starting on the walk to both Tchupala and Wallicher FallsStating on the walk to both Tchupala and Wallicher Falls

Tchupala FallsTchupala Falls

Damage due to Cyclone Larry by Tchupala FallsDamage due to Cyclone Larry by Tchupala Falls

More barricades preventing further access to better views of Tchupala FallsMore barricades preventing further access to better views of Tchupala Falls

The attractive Wallicher Falls was the other waterfall we visited, which we thought was better than Tchupala FallsThe attractive Wallicher Falls was the other waterfall we visited, which we thought was better than Tchupala Falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Both Wallicher Falls and Tchupala Falls were within the Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park between Millaa Millaa and Innisfail (just like Nandroya Falls). The easy-to-miss signposted trailhead was about 3km east of Nandroya Falls (between a small pullout area on the north side of the highway where we parked the car and the Misty Mountains turnoff further west). Overall, it was about 30km west of Innisfail (at the start of the Palmerston Hwy [Hwy 25]) or 25km east of Millaa Millaa along the Palmerston Hwy. It was just east of the Misty Mountains turnoff.

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

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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