Little Millstream Falls

Atherton Tableland / Far North, Queensland, Australia

About Little Millstream Falls


Hiking Distance: 500-800m round trip
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2008-05-18
Date last visited: 2008-05-18

Waterfall Latitude: -17.62353
Waterfall Longitude: 145.47739

Little Millstream Falls seemed to us to be a convergence of a handful of cascading waterfalls.

I noticed at least a trio of segmented cascades during our visit in May 2008.

Little_Millstream_Falls_015_05172008 - Little Millstream Falls
Little Millstream Falls

I’m sure depending on the waterflow, I could have seen more waterfalls in this convergence during the Wet Season and fewer during the Dry Season.

In any case, I took a track that gently descended towards the large plunge pool at the base of the waterfalls while affording us contextual views of the falling waters of the Little Millstream Falls.

When I reached the bottom of the track, the terrain got a bit muddier and rougher, and I didn’t quite make it all the way to the waterfalls themselves.

There was some foliage that had hairs on them, and I didn’t want to guess wrong about them being one of those neurotoxic stinging plants.

Nonetheless, there did appear to be access to the plunge pool, which I’d imagine would be a good place for a swim to cool off from the tropical heat.

Unlike the more famous and developed Millstream Falls, there was a noticeable lack of development at the Little Millstream Falls.

Little_Millstream_Falls_009_05172008 - This was as close to the Little Millstream Falls as I was willing to go
This was as close to the Little Millstream Falls as I was willing to go

Thus, it wasn’t surprising to me that I was the only one at the falls during my brief visit.

And I’d imagine that given such relative obscurity, there was probably a higher likelihood of seeing platypus even though I didn’t spot any.

Overall, I spent about 20 minutes away from the car, but that included a fair bit of trail running to keep Julie from waiting for me for too long.

I didn’t linger around other than to take photos, but I very well could have spent more time to bask in the relative solitude as well as a refreshing swim.

Authorities

Little Millstream Falls resides in the Atherton Tablelands Region near Millaa Millaa, 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.

Little_Millstream_Falls_004_05172008 - Looking down towards the Little Millstream Falls as I was walking along the track towards its base
Little_Millstream_Falls_013_05172008 - Last contextual look at the Little Millstream Falls as I returned to the car park

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From the Kennedy Hwy (Hwy 1) at Ravenshoe (that’s “ravens hoe” not “raven shoe”), we turned left (south) onto Tully Falls Rd then continued for about 500m.

Then, we turned right onto Wooroora Rd, where we then followed this road for the next 1.5km to the turnoff on our right for Millstream Falls National Park.

From there, we followed the signs to the car park and trailhead.

Ravenshoe was about 25km southwest of Millaa Millaa along a combination of the Palmerston Hwy and Kennedy Hwy.

Alternatively, it was about 28km between Millaa Millaa and Ravenshoe along the combination of Hwy 25 (Millaa Millaa-Malanda Rd and East Evenlyn Rd) and Hwy 1 (Kennedy Hwy).

Going this latter route, we saw an impressive wind farm that I believe is called the Atherton Wind Farm.

For additional geographical context, Ravenshoe was 85km (over an hour drive) west of Innisfail and 118km (2 hours drive) south of Cairns.

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