Josephine Falls is one of the best and most beautiful waterfalls in Tropical North Queensland, featuring a sub-tropical paradise, cascading falls, and natural rock slides!
Where is Josephine Falls you ask? This epic location can be found just 1 hour and 15 minutes drive south of Cairns or 25 minutes drive inland from Innisfail.
I have put together this complete guide of Josephine Falls which includes how to get there, the best time to visit Josephine Falls, and what to expect when you arrive!
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WHERE IS JOSEPHINE FALLS & HOW TO GET THERE
Josephine Falls is located in Wooroonooran National Park just 75 km from Cairns, taking approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes by car.
If you happen to be visiting the rural town of Innisfail, it’s a short 25-minute drive from here to reach Josephine Falls Australia.
There are no public transport options available to reach Josephine Falls so you will need to have your own vehicle to visit.
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Natural pools at Josephine Falls Cairns
BEST TIME TO VISIT JOSEPHINE FALLS
If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting the Josephine Falls Australia during the Wet Season (November to April) which is when the falls are the strongest. However, the waterfall is flowing all-year-round.
The best time to visit Josephine Falls is between 8 am and 12 pm for the best lighting from the sun. After about 3:30 pm, the sun will disappear behind the mountains which block the light from hitting the waterfall.
If you’re not a morning person, you can still visit Josephine Falls at any time during the day. Just be sure go allow yourself enough time to complete the Josephine Falls walk which takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes return.
Josephine Falls is a very popular tourist attraction and it can get quite busy on the weekends. If you can time your visit to Josephine Falls for a weekday, you will likely get to enjoy it with fewer people.
The main falls
ARRIVING AT JOSEPHINE FALLS CAIRNS
When you arrive at Josephine Falls Cairns you’ll find a large parking lot with plenty of free parking spaces available which is conveniently located at the entrance to the Josephine Falls walk.
There are also toilet amenities and picnic areas next to the parking lot that you can make use of before and after your Josephine Falls adventure.
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JOSEPHINE FALLS WALK
The trail to Josephine Falls is clearly signposted and it’s a 700-meter walk uphill to the viewing platform which takes no more than 15 minutes. The trail is suitable for all sorts of travelers and for people of all ages.
The Josephine Falls walk is completely paved, winding beneath a lush rainforest canopy. Though as soon as you leave the trail to go swimming in the natural pools, the rocks can be very slippery so take extra care when exploring.
The entrance to Josephine Falls Cairns
Josephine Falls walk
WHAT TO EXPECT AT JOSEPHINE FALLS
The Josephine Falls walk is an adventure in itself as you wind through a dense canopy of beautiful flora and fauna before reaching the waterfall.
I recommend first heading all the way up to the main lookout of Josephine Falls and then work your way back down the path, stopping in to see the view from the halfway-point lookout, and then finally taking a dip in the bottom pool.
From the main lookout, you will have a clear view of the main falls flowing down into a large catch basin which then cascades down into several other sections, over large boulders, and eventually emerging at the bottom pool.
The main lookout at Josephine Falls Australia
Josephine Falls Cairns
The bottom pool
Once you’ve enjoyed some time at the main lookout, continue the walk downstream along the bush track which will bring you to the bottom rock pool, featuring a large swimming hole which is the perfect place to cool off.
Another awesome feature is the natural water slide at the bottom pool which was the highlight of my visit to Josephine Falls. It’s safe to slide down the natural slide though do so at your own risk and please be careful when you climb up the rock to the top of the slide as it can be quite slippery, especially when wet.
The swimming hole is not that deep so I wouldn’t recommend doing any rock jumping at this particular spot. Simply enjoy the natural water slide and go for a refreshing dip in the rock pools.
The perfect place to cool off
Natural slide at the bottom pool
Exploring Josephine Falls
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Just a bit of common sense that after heavy rains the stream can see flash flooding and strong currents so it’s not recommended to go swimming when the water is flowing heavily.
For all you keen hikers, there are several walking trails in the area surrounding Josephine Falls including the Mount Bartle Frere Track which starts here at the entrance to Josephine Falls and features a very steep hike to the summit of Queensland’s tallest mountain.
Warning signs at Josephine Falls
Mount Bartle Frere Track information
MAP OF JOSEPHINE FALLS
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF JOSEPHINE FALLS AUSTRALIA
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