Stoney Creek Falls

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Queensland, Australia

About Stoney Creek Falls

Hiking Distance: tour
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Date first visited: 2008-05-21
Date last visited: 2008-05-21

Waterfall Latitude: -16.88081
Waterfall Longitude: 145.65125

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Stoney Creek Falls was a waterfall that we were under the impression was only viewable while riding the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Based on this assumption, that was the primary reason why Julie and I chose to wind down our final full day in Far North Queensland by going on a paid tour that included this train ride.

Stoney_Creek_Falls_008_05202008 - Awkward look up at Stoney Creek Falls from within the Kuranda Scenic Railway
Awkward look up at Stoney Creek Falls from within the Kuranda Scenic Railway

I’m not sure if there would be other means of seeing this waterfall without having to go on the scenic railway or not, but all of the photos you see on this page were taken directly from the train ride.

As you can see, it wasn’t easy to get a satisfactory view of it from within the train both because it was moving, and because the train tracks passed very close to the falls.

I’m not certain how we would have been able to take the kind of photos that we had seen in advertisements as well as photos in the literature showing an attractive shot of the falls in context as rail cars would pass right before it.

We’ll have to do a little more research to see if any of the walking tracks within the Barron Gorge National Park would have yielded such alternate views.

In any case, we were pretty much relegated to sticking our heads (and arms) out the window in order to get our fleeting awkward glimpses of the Stoney Creek Falls before the train would continue its journey back downhill towards the Cairns lowlands.

Stoney_Creek_Falls_004_05202008 - Context of the Kuranda Scenic Railway and part of the Stoney Creek Falls
Context of the Kuranda Scenic Railway and part of the Stoney Creek Falls

We also saw the Barron Falls earlier on in the train ride, so this double waterfall feature on this train ride further compelled us to just do the train ride.

Hopefully next time, we might be able to figure out how to get those elusive contextual views of the Stoney Creek Falls and the scenic railway as shown in the advertisements.


Stoney Creek Falls resides in the Atherton Tablelands Region near Cairns, 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.

Kuranda_scenic_rail_001_05202008 - Distant view of some waterfall seen along the railway after passing by Barron Falls
Kuranda_scenic_rail_007_05202008 - View looking towards the Cairns lowlands as we were about to approach the Stoney Creek Falls
Stoney_Creek_Falls_001_05202008 - Approaching Stoney Creek Falls
Stoney_Creek_Falls_003_05202008 - Looking up at part of Stoney Creek Falls from the Kuranda Scenic Rail
Stoney_Creek_Falls_006_05202008 - Closeup of Stoney Creek Falls
Stoney_Creek_Falls_011_05202008 - Looking back towards Stoney Creek Falls after having just passed by it
Stoney_Creek_Falls_012_jx_05202008 - Looking back at the Kuranda Scenic Railway as the track was curling around a bend
Cairns_009_jx_05212008 - When we were walking back from the railway station in Cairns, we noticed it was low tide as we were looking out towards the Pacific Ocean from the Cairns CBD

See the Barron Falls page for how we were able to experience this falls via the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

To my knowledge, we aren’t aware of any other way to visit this waterfall.

To summarize how this excursion went, we did our tour from Cairns, which took us up to Kuranda, and then we caught the scenic railway back to Cairns.

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Brief look at the falls as the train pulls away

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