The Atherton Tablelands are blessed with many stunning waterfalls and swimming spots surrounded by lush rainforest.
Travel and lifestyle writer Sara Mulcahy packed up her kids and dog and moved to Far North Queensland two years ago and has been exploring everything this incredible part of Australia has to offer ever since.
Here are her favorite swimming holes around Mareeba.
Emerald Creek Falls
About 20 minutes southeast of Mareeba, Emerald Creek Falls is in the Danbulla State Forest. The road is mostly unsealed so you need a 4WD (or nerves of steel) to get there. There’s a walking track that passes a series of waterfalls, cascading over huge granite boulders and forming a number of picture-perfect swimming holes. Dogs are allowed, too.
Millaa Millaa Falls
Easier to get to than Emerald Creek Falls is Millaa Millaa Falls, between Mungalli and Malanda. They are often tagged as the most photographed falls in Australia, having played backdrop to a number of ad campaigns – from airlines to shampoo. The single-drop waterfall cascades into a plunge pool surrounded by lush rainforest, and there’s a grassy picnic area nearby.
We love a quick pit stop at Granite Gorge on our way north. This is privately owned land, so there’s a small fee to get in. Kids can feed the eager rock wallabies, play with Monty (he’s a python) and there’s a lovely swimming hole where they can jump off the rocks into the deep water.
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