Murray Falls

Girramay National Park / Cardwell, Queensland, Australia

About Murray Falls

Hiking Distance: 600m round trip
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2008-05-16
Date last visited: 2008-05-16

Waterfall Latitude: -18.15269
Waterfall Longitude: 145.81576

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Murray Falls was a pretty easy waterfall to visit as far as Julie and I were concerned. The roughly 20m waterfall tumbled over bare rocks worn smooth by the waters of the Murray River (not to be confused by the Murray River belonging to the Murray-Darling basin). Surrounding the falls were boulders and water-sculpted rock pools at its base. It seemed like our early afternoon visit to the falls in May 2008 came at the right time as the falls were pleasantly backlit while we also noticed a rare turtle chilling out besides one of these rock pools.

We took a well-established 300m walk to get to a viewing platform near the base of the falls. We also noticed that there was a longer 1.8km walk to the top of the falls that left from the opposite end of the large picnic area where we left our rental car (see directions below). Call us lazy, but we didn’t do this longer track so we can’t say anything more about it, but I did regret not doing it for I’m sure that top-down perspective from the top of the falls would’ve given us a totally different waterfalling experience.

Although the pools looked inviting, there were signs urging us to keep out due to slippery rocks. Perhaps more importantly, the signs tried to keep us from impacting the fragile environment around the Murray River while not disturbing the endangered species here (including the turtles we saw). Thus, Julie and I only spent about 45 minutes away from the car.

Murray_Falls_002_05152008 - The start of the short walk to Murray Falls
Murray_Falls_005_jx_05152008 - That's me going on the boardwalk to Murray Falls
Murray_Falls_005_05152008 - Looking ahead at Murray Falls
Murray_Falls_011_05152008 - Context of Murray Falls from an access further downstream
Murray_Falls_014_05152008 - Julie walking towards Murray Falls
Murray_Falls_015_05152008 - Julie at the viewing platform for Murray Falls
Murray_Falls_051_05152008 - View of Murray Falls from the lookout platform near its base
Murray_Falls_059_05152008 - This was a smaller side cascade feeding one of the adjacent rock pools to the base of Murray Falls


From Cardwell (where we were staying), we took the Bruce Hwy (A1) north for about 21km. We then turned left (there’s a signpost indicating this) onto Bilyana Rd. We then followed this road for about 19km to its end (it changed names a couple of times as Middle Murray Rd then became Murray Falls Rd). We managed to find parking at the large picnic area where the walking track started.

For context, Cardwell was 53km (over 30 minutes drive) north of Ingham, 165km (2 hours drive) north of Townsville, and 182km (over 2 hours drive) south of Cairns.

Direct look at the falls from one of the lower lookouts (please excuse the garbled sounds thanks to Windows Movie Maker)

Deliberate bottom up sweep of the falls from the closest lookout to the falls itself

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