Mungalli Falls

Atherton Tableland / Far North, Queensland, Australia

About Mungalli Falls

Hiking Distance: 1.2km round trip
Suggested Time: 1 hour

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

Waterfall Latitude: -17.55201
Waterfall Longitude: 145.69764

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Mungalli Falls was one of the prettier and taller waterfalls we had seen amongst the plethora of waterfalls found amidst the Atherton Tablelands near Millaa Millaa.

This waterfall consisted of three apparent tiers where the middle drop was the longest one.

Mungalli_Falls_035_05172008 - Mungalli Falls
Mungalli Falls

It was said to have a cumulative drop of 75m though I have to believe this overall height must also include the Mungalli Cascade further upstream.

The Mungalli Cascade itself had a different character than the main waterfall (which you see pictured above) as it rippled down a sloping hard layer of rock.

Experiencing Mungalli Falls and Mungalli Cascade

Our visit to the Mungalli Falls began at the Mungalli Student Village and Wilderness Retreat.

From within the complex, we were able to look down over the top of the falls from a lookout that was adjacent to what seemed to be a climbing wall or abseiling route.

As we walked on the track (which seemed to be a former road) towards the bottom of the falls, we passed before the attractive Mungalli Cascade, which was a wide rivulated cascade with character.

Mungalli_Falls_009_05172008 - The Mungalli Cascade near the Student Village and Wilderness Retreat
The Mungalli Cascade near the Student Village and Wilderness Retreat

This particular waterfall tier was conducive to a long exposure photograph given its rippling property.

Beyond the cascade, we continued walking on the former road alongside what looked to be a rather difficult obstacle course.

We didn’t have to do this obstacle course to continue on the hike, but we were tempted to try to go across it even though we were supposed to get permission from the retreat before using it.

All we can say about this obstacle course was that we were supposed to keep our balance on a series of swinging logs and rope walks back-to-back in an effort to get from one end to the other.

It was difficult to even go a few steps on just one of the sections!

Mungalli_Falls_047_05172008 - The difficult obstacle course alongside the walk to Mungalli Falls
The difficult obstacle course alongside the walk to Mungalli Falls

Anyhow, beyond the obstacle, the track then descended on a gravel dirt road towards a small cul-de-sac, which looked to be the former car park for the falls.

From this dead-end, a signpost marked the continuation of the track as it entered a lush vegetated area a short distance to the lookout right at the base of Mungalli Falls.

Overall, it took Julie and I about an hour to do the walk as well as spending lots of time enjoying the falls from both its top and bottom.

Apparently, it was also said that glowworms could be found in the dell near the Mungalli Falls though it was probably too bright for us to see them during our visit.


Mungalli 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.

Mungalli_Falls_051_05172008 - Julie at the upper overlook looking down over the top of Mungalli Falls
Mungalli_Falls_054_05172008 - View from the top of Mungalli Falls
Mungalli_Falls_058_05172008 - Looking down at the Mungalli Falls from its top
Mungalli_Falls_017_05172008 - Looking upstream towards the context of the Mungalli Cascade as we started to walk towards the bottom of Mungalli Falls
Mungalli_Falls_023_05172008 - At the end of the groomed road and the start of the last bit of track to the base of Mungalli Falls
Mungalli_Falls_025_05172008 - Another look at Mungalli Falls trying to squeeze all three of its visible tiers in one frame
Mungalli_Falls_042_05172008 - Looking towards the upper two tiers of Mungalli Falls with the underlying basalt cliff looking more apparent

The turnoff from the Palmerston Hwy (Hwy 25) for Mungalli Falls was on Junction Rd about 9km east of the Theresa Creek turnoff (one end of the Waterfalls Circuit) within the town limits of Millaa Millaa as well as a little over 44km west of the start of the Palmerston Hwy in Innisfail.

The car park for the Student Village and Wilderness Retreat complex was about 3km along Junction Rd.

For geographical 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 upper cascade before the actual falls

Fixated on the upper two tiers of the main part of the falls

Left to right sweep from the top of the falls eventually ending where we looked down towards its base

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