About Josephine Falls
Josephine Falls was a multi-tiered cascade that seemed to be more of a swimming hole and waterslide than it was a waterfall attraction with scenic allure.
Given the heat and humidity of the tropical northern coast of Queensland, it wasn’t hard to see why this place was popular to cool off.
But despite its popularity, it certainly contained hazards from strong undercurrents as well as sudden flash floods.
We didn’t necessarily need to contend with these hazards because Julie and I didn’t have any intention of going in the water.
However, we certainly understood why we would have to know what risks we took before going in to minimize the likelihood of a fatal accident.
Speaking of accidents, Julie and I remembered this waterfall well for an entirely different reason.
When I made an attempt to improve the view of Josephine Falls for a tripod shot at one of the lower vantage points, I managed to slip on a loose, slippery rock and fell.
I didn’t injure myself from this little mishap, but I did happened to break off a leg of our travel tripod.
The moral of the story here was to be careful around the water for you never know when mishaps like these might occur.
Anyways, we went on a short 1.2km return walk (600m each way) that took Julie and I about an hour at a very leisurely pace.
The walk had many interpretive signs while we had no trouble following the track.
Once we got to the Josephine Falls, we saw at least two or three lookout platforms that went progressively higher up the Josephine Creek.
We showed up at the falls around 10am, which turned out to be not a good time for photographs.
After all, we looked somewhat against the sun at the same time as the falls, and the morning shadows made our photos either washed out or too dark.
Josephine Falls resides in the Wooroonooran National Park near Innisfail, Queensland. It is administered by the State of Queensland Department of Environment and Science. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.
Coming from the Hwy 25/Hwy 1 junction in Innisfail (where we were based at the time), we headed north on the Bruce Hwy (Hwy 1) for about 16km.
Then, we made a sharp left turn onto Bartle Frere Rd, which followed for about 3.8km to Price Rd.
Turning left onto Price Rd, we then followed Price Rd for about 3.2km (which became Biggs Rd en route) before turning right onto the access road to the car park for Josephine Falls.
We were able to follow signs when we got onto the Bartle Frere Rd, which we kept following until the end of this drive.
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