Barron Falls

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Queensland, Australia

About Barron Falls

Hiking Distance: tour
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Date first visited: 2008-05-21
Date last visited: 2008-05-21

Waterfall Latitude: -16.83314
Waterfall Longitude: 145.64301

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Barron Falls was once a mighty 131m waterfall descending from the Atherton Tablelands towards the Barron Gorge and lowlands near Cairns.

These days most of the falls was diverted for hydroelectricity and hence the falls appeared to us as nothing more than smaller strands of water weaving between the natural grooves within the exposed bedrock during our May 2008 visit.

Barron_Falls_011_05202008 - Barron Falls
Barron Falls

It was certainly nothing close to the monsoonal flooded state that the post cards and advertisements would show.

In fact, that full flow would only occur directly in the Wet Season during or immediately after heavy rains.

Julie and I experienced this waterfall as part of the Kuranda Scenic Railway though in this particular case, there really wasn’t anything that would’ve stopped us from self-driving.

Our excuse for doing this as part of the railway was to also see Stoney Creek Falls as a bonus waterfall.

We also wanted to take a break from driving a rental car whose undercarriage we had damaged while driving to Blencoe Falls a couple of days earlier.

With the next day being the day we would return the rental car, we simply didn’t want to take any more chances with our luck.

Stoney_Creek_Falls_004_05202008 - Stoney Creek Falls as seen from the Kuranda Scenic Railway
Stoney Creek Falls as seen from the Kuranda Scenic Railway

So for whatever it was worth, we did the organized tour that took us by bus from Cairns to Kuranda at 9am.

Since the train from Kuranda back to Cairns didn’t leave until 2pm, that left us some time to kill in the town of Kuranda.

Anyways, once we went on the train back to Cairns, it came to a stop at the overlook of Barron Falls to let us get off the train to have a look at the falls for about 10 minutes.

It appeared that had we self-driven, we could’ve arrived at this same overlook after a short walk.

In any case, our early afternoon arrival at the falls turned out to be suboptimal from a photography standpoint as we were somewhat looking against the early afternoon sun.

Apparently, we could’ve also exercised another option to experience Barron Falls by taking the Sky Rail.

Kuranda_scenic_rail_007_05202008 - Looking out towards the Pacific from the Kuranda Scenic Railway on our return journey to Cairns
Looking out towards the Pacific from the Kuranda Scenic Railway on our return journey to Cairns

Since we didn’t do this option, we can’t say anything about it.

Perhaps we might give this a go on our next visit to Far North Queensland.


Barron Falls resides in the Atherton Tablelands Region near Cairns, Queensland. It is administered by the Tablelands Regional Council. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Barron_Falls_001_05202008 - Contextual look at Barron Falls in dry season flow
Barron_Falls_004_05202008 - A somewhat hazy long exposure photo of Barron Falls
Barron_Falls_019_05202008 - A more zoomed in and less hazier view of Barron Falls
Kuranda_scenic_rail_001_05202008 - Distant view of some waterfall seen shortly after the train resumed its journey from the Barron Falls Lookout Platform

Since we only visited this waterfall as part of the Kuranda Scenic Railway excursion, we can only advise on the way we did it.

That said, I didn’t recall having to drive at all on the day we did this excursion.

Basically, we caught a bus that took us from Cairns to Kuranda Village at 9am.

Then, after being left to loiter around the town of Kuranda for the next few hours, we then caught the 2pm train leading from Kuranda back down to Cairns via the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

I believe the Barron Falls platform was roughly 3km from Kuranda.

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No longer a trickle! March 18, 2018 8:27 am by Suzanne Lennox - For all of those visitors who have been disappointed by Barron Falls as a trickle, see it roar! After a decent lot of heavy rain, the Falls are in full flight - a sight to behold. ...Read More
Barron Falls. March 30, 2015 8:05 am by Suzanne Lennox - I had visited Barron Falls a number of times but alas, they were merely a trickle .... But then the rains came and the trickle became a torrent. A few intrepids stood in the February rain vainly waiting for rainbows. During the rain, I also ventured up to Kuranda on the SkyRail. It was magical… ...Read More
Barron Falls January 10, 2011 5:24 pm by Donna Helmuth - Photo taken March 2000 ...Read More

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