Millaa Millaa Falls

Atherton Tableland / Far North, Queensland, Australia

About Millaa Millaa Falls


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2008-05-18
Date last visited: 2022-06-30

Waterfall Latitude: -17.49571
Waterfall Longitude: 145.6106

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Millaa Millaa Falls is perhaps the most iconic waterfall of the waterfall-laced Atherton Tablelands region.

It was certainly the poster child of the Waterfall Circuit near the rural town of Millaa Millaa, which was a scenic loop drive encompassing three waterfalls (Zillie Falls and Ellinjaa Falls being the others).

Millaa_Millaa_Falls_048_05172008 - Millaa Millaa Falls
Millaa Millaa Falls

That’s saying something considering it had a modest size where Theresa Creek’s year-round flow dropped at a reported 18.3m.

What the falls had going for it was a lush rainforest setting fringed with broad ferns, colourful flowers, a classic rectangular shape, an open grassy area for picnics, and a plunge pool suitable for swimming.

It was also highly accessible since it required a short jaunt from either of its two car parks (see directions below) so I’m sure that aided in its popularity.

So far, we’ve experienced this waterfall twice over a 14 year span, and each experience was very different.

Millaa_Millaa_Falls_015_05172008 - Earlier in the morning, shadows adversely impacted the lighting at Millaa Millaa Falls
Earlier in the morning, shadows adversely impacted the lighting at Millaa Millaa Falls

In May 2008, we made a visit under clear blue skies, which beautifully contrasted all of the lush scenery surrounding Millaa Millaa Falls.

Under these conditions, we found that if we visited at high noon, there was a noticeable lack of shadows, which really brought out the brightness and contrast in the natural colours of the scenery.

At other times of the day, shadows would drape across part of the waterfall and plunge pool thereby limiting the visual impact of this place.

In June 2022, we made a return visit under unseasonably La Nina rainy weather, where the lighting was even (so we didn’t have to worry about shadows), but it was less conducive to picnicking and swimming.

Waterfall_Circuit_044_06292022 - On our late June 2022 visit to Millaa Millaa Falls, there was more rain while the vegetation seen earlier on have since grown quite a bit, which you can see here
On our late June 2022 visit to Millaa Millaa Falls, there was more rain while the vegetation seen earlier on have since grown quite a bit, which you can see here

By the way, both of our visits occurred in the Dry Season (Australian Winter), but as you can see, our 2022 visit proved that with Global Warming, the climate “norms” can no longer be taken for granted.

If you compare the first photo on this page with the one immediately above, you’ll see that the plants or trees have grown taller, which definitely made the place appear less lush and “balanced”.

Nevertheless, I’d imagine that in the Wet Season (Australian Summer), the waterfall can easily grow in size and maybe even take on a more brownish colour as floods can take some of the soil with it.

Each of our visits took no more than 15 minutes so that gives you an idea of how easy and accessible this waterfall is.

Authorities

Millaa Millaa 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.

Waterfall_Circuit_003_06292022 - Going down steps connecting the day use car park with the long vehicle car park at Millaa Millaa Falls during our late June 2022 visit.  This photo and the next several photos were taken from this wet visit
Waterfall_Circuit_007_06292022 - Noticing the ubiquitous bush turkey strutting around the long vehicle car park at Millaa Millaa Falls during our late June 2022 visit
Waterfall_Circuit_014_06292022 - Looking back across the long vehicle car park towards its entrance form its far side during our late June 2022 visit
Waterfall_Circuit_017_06292022 - This is the view of Millaa Millaa Falls as seen from a lookout platform (I didn't recall it was there last time in May 2008) at the long vehicle car park during our late June 2022 visit
Waterfall_Circuit_026_06292022 - Long exposure look at Millaa Millaa Falls during our rainy late June 2022 visit
Waterfall_Circuit_034_06292022 - Tahia checking out Millaa Millaa Falls during late June 2022 visit
Waterfall_Circuit_036_06292022 - Looking towards the lookout of Millaa Millaa Falls attached to the long vehicle car park as seen in late June 2022 visit
Waterfall_Circuit_038_06292022 - Context of people checking out Millaa Millaa Falls as seen during our late June 2022 visit
Waterfall_Circuit_050_06292022 - Last look at Millaa Millaa Falls during our rainy visit in late June 2022 visit
Waterfall_Circuit_053_06292022 - Looking down the steps leading to the lookout platform by the plunge pool across Millaa Millaa Falls during our late June 2022 visit
Waterfall_Circuit_055_06292022 - Julie going back up the steps from the long vehicle car park towards the day use car park for Millaa Millaa Falls to end our late June 2022 visit
Millaa_Millaa_Falls_010_05172008 - Our first look at Millaa Millaa Falls, which took place in May 2008.  Notice the morning shadows coming in from the left
Millaa_Millaa_Falls_044_05172008 - Back at Millaa Millaa Falls at high noon on that May 2008 visit when the morning shadows were gone
Millaa_Millaa_Falls_056_05172008 - Millaa Millaa Falls at high noon in long exposure during our May 2008 visit
Millaa_Millaa_Falls_057_05172008 - Another look at Millaa Millaa Falls at high noon without shadows impacting the scene during our May 2008 visit
Millaa_Millaa_Falls_018_jx_05172008 - Closer look at Millaa Millaa Falls on our May 2008 visit.  Notice the basalt columns in the underlying cliff demonstrating the hard rock layer required for waterfall formation
Millaa_Millaa_Falls_019_jx_05172008 - As you can see from this photo taken in May 2008, Millaa Millaa Falls was an excellent spot for a picnic


Millaa Millaa Falls sits within the Waterfall Circuit Scenic Drive in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands near the rural town of Millaa Millaa.

The eastern turnoff for the 17km Waterfalls Circuit (along Theresa Creek Rd) was roughly 54km west along the Palmerston Hwy (Hwy 25) from its start as it left the Bruce Hwy (A1) in Innisfail.

Waterfall_Circuit_001_06292022 - This was the day use car park for Millaa Millaa Falls as seen on our late June 2022 visit
This was the day use car park for Millaa Millaa Falls as seen on our late June 2022 visit

The other (western) end of the loop drive was about another kilometre west along the Palmerston Hwy of the first turnoff for Theresa Creek Rd.

Millaa Millaa Falls was about 1.6km from the Theresa Creek Rd turnoff nearest to the town of Millaa Millaa (going clockwise on the circuit).

Once on the Waterfall Circuit, the signed turnoff for Millaa Millaa Falls is on the left.

Then, upon turning off onto the access road, there’s a fork where the one on the left went to the day use car park while the one on the right is meant for buses.

Waterfall_Circuit_005_06292022 - This was the large vehicle car park as seen during our late June 2022 visit to Millaa Millaa Falls, where the sign board under the orangish shelter in this photo had a sign that still reverse Soutia and Pepina Falls
This was the large vehicle car park as seen during our late June 2022 visit to Millaa Millaa Falls, where the sign board under the orangish shelter in this photo had a sign that still reverse Soutia and Pepina Falls

By the way, there was a sign at the large vehicle car park that seemed to have confused Pepina Falls and Souita Falls.

I’ve noticed this sign on our first visit back in May 2008, but I still saw that sign in June 2022 (i.e. no one bothered to fix it after all these years)!

Anyways, had we gone counterclockwise (anticlockwise) on Theresa Creek Rd, then we would have to drive about 13.3km passing by both Ellinjaa Falls and Zillie Falls along the way.

For geographical context, Innisfail was 59km (less than an hour drive) west of Millaa Millaa, 88km (over an hour drive) south of Cairns, 148km (over 90 minutes drive) north of Ingham, and 260km (3 hours drive) north of Townsville.

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Video showing the Millaa Millaa Falls from two different spots including the walk spanning the two spots


Fixated on the falls with a purple flower in the foreground


Closeup look at the falls

Tagged with: atherton, far north queensland, queensland, australia, waterfall, tablelands, waterfall circuit, millaa millaa, theresa creek



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Millaa Millaa Falls June 3, 2016 8:39 am by Suzanne Lennox - Millaa Millaa Falls is on the Atherton Tablelands west of Cairns. It is a plunge waterfall with a single 18m drop. It falls into a big pond which is ideal for swimming and then flows into a creek. It is easy to either walk or swim so that you are behind the waterfall. The falls… ...Read More
Cooling Off (Millaa Millaa Falls) May 3, 2009 9:51 am by James Pearce - We arrived at Millaa Millaa Falls on a hot and humid afternoon feeling pretty frazzled. However, one look at the inviting water and we were in. After getting over the initial shock at how cold the water was, we played happily for some time before emerging with our core temperatures somewhere closer to normal and… ...Read More
Milla Milla Falls in the Atherton Tablelands (Queensland, Australia) November 6, 2008 6:56 pm by Andrew Waddington - I took this picture with an old APS camera and it's one of my favorites from a 14 month trip to Australia between 1997 and 1998. I especially like the flower (possibly an Orchid) in the foreground. ...Read More

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