Waterfalls in Queensland
Queensland Waterfalls (QLD) 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 reach of the cosmopolitan Brisbane and the Miami-like Gold Coast.
Nestled within this vast state was the Atherton Tablelands, where Julie and I visited perhaps 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.
Other waterfalling highlights in the state included the Natural Bridge (one of the most unusual waterfalls we’ve seen where it flowed in and out of its cave-like span), the country’s highest single-drop waterfall in Wallaman Falls, and going 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.”
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…