Millstream Falls

Atherton Tableland / Far North, Queensland, Australia

About Millstream Falls


Hiking Distance: 800m round trip
Suggested Time: 25-30 minutes

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

Waterfall Latitude: -17.64091
Waterfall Longitude: 145.4564

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Julie and I anticipated a visit to Millstream Falls largely because of the pre-trip notoriety that it was proclaimed to be Australia’s widest single-drop waterfall.

And after seeing this waterfall in person, we think there could very well be some legitimacy to this claim.

Millstream_Falls_003_05172008 - Millstream Falls
Millstream Falls

In fact, it appeared that we could only see perhaps just half of its entire width!

As you might be able to tell from the photo above, there was still more of the watercourse that appeared to plunge away from our line-of-sight at the official lookout.

There didn’t seem to be an official way to continue further downstream to safely view the remainder of Millstream Falls’ width.

Like many waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands, this waterfall tumbled over an old basalt lava flow.

A sign here went further by illustrating the geologic process of how a lavaflow filled the valley with this hard, erosion-resistant rock, which ultimately gave the falls its height.

Then, over time, the lava cooled and hardened, and the valley acted as a drainage for precipitation.

Millstream_Falls_020_05172008 - Upon closer examination, it seemed like Millstream Falls had more to its overall width than what we could see from the trail
Upon closer examination, it seemed like Millstream Falls had more to its overall width than what we could see from the trail

This drainage eventually became the watercourse known as the Millstream (a tributary of the Herbert River), which in turn, plunged over the boundaries of this basalt flow resulting in the Millstream Falls.

Julie and I went on an upside-down 400m walk to reach the official lookout at its end.

I say “upside-down” because we had to descend on the way to the overlook at the end of the walking track, and then we had to ascend the same track on the way back.

Overall, we only spent about 25 minutes round trip to do this whole excursion, which included the time spent at the overlook of the falls.

The photos you see on this page were taken in the afternoon where we were getting decent backlighting from the sun.

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Millstream Falls resides in the Atherton Tablelands Region. 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.

Millstream_Falls_014_05172008 - Our first look at Millstream Falls where some of the foliage partially obstructed our line-of-sight
Millstream_Falls_017_05172008 - Landscape view of what we were able to see of the Millstream Falls
Millstream_Falls_022_05172008 - Looking down over the top of Millstream Falls
Millstream_Falls_002_jx_05172008 - Last look at Millstream Falls using Julie's camera

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From the Kennedy Hwy (Hwy 1) and Tully Falls Rd junction at Ravenshoe (that’s “ravens hoe” not “raven shoe”), we continued going west on the Kennedy Hwy for another 3.8km before turning left (south) at the signpost for the access road to Millstream Falls.

At the end of this spur road was the car park.

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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