Malanda Falls

Atherton Tableland / Far North, Queensland, Australia

About Malanda Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2008-05-18
Date last visited: 2008-05-18

Waterfall Latitude: -17.35456
Waterfall Longitude: 145.5869

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Malanda Falls was a short but very wide waterfall that was essentially the last one out of ten that we visited in a day of self-touring the waterfall-laced Atherton Tablelands Region.

Something that Julie and I found to be a bit unusual about this falls was that the plunge pool looked like it doubled as a community swimming pool.

Malanda_Falls_010_05172008 - Malanda Falls
Malanda Falls

But I must say that the “pool” didn’t look very clean as it was full of leaves, algal growth, and even some litter.

Perhaps they intended for this to be a non-chlorinated pool so the stuff wouldn’t get into the Johnstone River drainage.

Or maybe the water started to get too cold as the Far North Queensland region was entering its Dry Season during our May 2008 visit.

That said, given how built-up the walkway surrounding the pool was, I reckon that this place would get pretty busy during the hotter months of the Australian Summer.

As far as its dimensions, I’d imagine that height of the falls was probably on the order of 5m, but it wouldn’t surprise me if its width could be as much as 90m or so.

Malanda_Falls_013_05172008 - Angled long-expsoure shot of the Malanda Falls
Angled long-expsoure shot of the Malanda Falls

In the low lighting of our early evening visit, we took our time taking long exposure photographs from various angles around the plunge pool.

Overall, Julie and I spent about 10 minutes away from the car.


Malanda Falls resides in the Atherton Tablelands Region near Malanda, 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.

Malanda_Falls_004_05172008 - Profile view looking along the wide Malanda Falls
Malanda_Falls_007_05172008 - Frontal view of Malanda Falls as seen from across the large swimming pool
Malanda_Falls_011_05172008 - Portrait view of Malanda Falls with the fading light of the day
Malanda_Falls_016_05172008 - View of Malanda Falls from the opposite side of the swimming pool

Located near the town of Malanda, this waterfall did feel a little out of the way for a waterfall in the Atherton Tablelands (though what was meant by “out of the way” was relative considering most of the falls in the area were so close to each other).

From the Millaa Millaa Tourist Park on the western outskirts of the town of Millaa Millaa, we followed the Millaa Millaa-Malanda Rd for almost 22km into the town of Malanda.

Then, we turned left onto the Malanda-Atherton Rd and followed it for about 1.3km.

The well-signed car park for Malanda Falls was on our right (north side of the road).

Contextually, Malanda is 82km (an hour drive) west of Innisfail and 76km (about 90 minutes drive) south of Cairns. For further context, Innisfail was 88km (over an hour drive) south of Cairns and 260km (3 hours drive) north of Townsville.

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Fixated on the falls from the right bank

Looking across the long pool towards the falls

Fixated on the falls from the opposite bank

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