Escape to Wallaman Falls (QLD)

Highlights:

  • The view from the top (If you’re lacking a little adrenaline in your life, just the sight of this waterfall from the top lookout is bound to get the heart racing).
  • Scenic drive to Wallaman Falls
  • The descent – enjoy a moderately easy descent to the base of the falls as you hike through some of the oldest Gondwanan rainforest found in Australia. Don’t be fooled though, what seems like an easy hike to the base of the falls is sure to get the legs working overtime on the return trip.
  • The base – Experience what sheer power really is when you find yourself gawking in awe at Australia’s highest single drop waterfall.

Approximately a two and a quarter hour drive North West of Townsville lies Australia’s tallest, most impressive single drop waterfall. Rivalling the famous waterfalls in Oregon, United states and those seen in Iceland, those lucky few who’ve adventured to these internationally notorious falls seem to note the similarity that Australia’s Wallaman Falls represent in comparison to its more frequently visited international counterparts. Wallaman Falls is an absolute must see micro adventure bound to have you drooling – Can’t travel to Iceland? Never fear, these falls should give you the adventure fix you need.

Boasting and impressive 268 metre single drop, Wallaman Falls is the most incredible waterfall I’ve ever adventured to. I’ve hiked through Lamington National Park and Springbrook National Park on countless occasions, and nothing compares to the sheer force and power that Mother Nature has on display at Wallaman Falls. A trip this impressive natural attraction in Far North Queensland is sure to make you feel insignificant once you’ve scaled your way to the base of the falls. I explored Wallaman Falls on a recent Far North Queensland road trip from Townville to Cape Tribulation and this was by far the highlight of the trip. No other waterfall in the country has been quite as draw dropping, or exciting to hike to as this one.

Essential Gear

  • Camera and tripod
  • GoPro and Drone (optional)
  • Hiking boots
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Water & sunscreen

How to get there

Wallaman Falls is located approximately fifty-one kilometres West of Ingham and approximately two hours and twenty minutes northwest of Townsville.
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Activities

  • Photography
  • Hiking

Skill Level

Beginner – Intermediate. While the hike down to the base of the falls is relatively straight forward, pace yourself on the return trip as the incline is definitely more noticeable, particularly if you’re travelling with camera gear or as a family. The trail down is slippery in some places so be sure to exercise caution and wear appropriate footwear.

Distance Covered/Elevation Gain:

 To get to the base of the falls, take the Djyinda (pronounced ‘Yin-Da’) track – 3.2km return along a moderately graded track. Allow approximately 2 hours return for beginner hikers. The height of Wallaman Falls is 268 meters.