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Alexandra Falls Hike: Daintree Waterfall at Cape Tribulation

Alexandra Falls Hike: Daintree Waterfall at Cape Tribulation

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Alexandra Falls is an incredible Daintree waterfall hidden deep in the Wet Tropics rainforest in Cape Tribulation.

The Heritage Listed Wet Tropics Region of Daintree National Park is the oldest rainforest in the world. It’s also one of the wildest places in Australia. If you’re up for an off-the-beaten-path adventure wading up a pristine rainforest creek to a megalithic jungle waterfall, then add Alexandra Falls to your Cape Tribulation bucket list!

The journey to Alexandra Falls was one of my favourite adventures in Cape Tribulation for the scenic hike and epic, towering waterfall at the end. In this guide, I’ll detail my experience hiking out to Alexandra Falls and share photos & key information so you know what to expect.

Should You Hike to Alexandra Falls?

Alexandra Falls is a 150-metre+ waterfall located upstream on Alexandra Creek, deep in the Daintree National Park. While it is truly one of the most majestic waterfalls in the region, there isn't a dedicated or maintained track to reach it.

If you are adamant about checking out the waterfall, please be aware that this is technically wilderness terrain. I wouldn't recommend making an effort out to this Cape Tribulation waterfall unless you are confident and experienced hiking off-trail in the Australian rainforest.

My intent isn't to popularise this waterfall, but to share my experience in a way that I hope will better prepare those already determined to give it a crack.

The entire walk follows Alexendra Creek and you will be required to wade for most of the journey out to the falls. Therefore, planning conditions and being well-prepared are vital. If you are not confident, then I recommend going to Mason's Waterhole or Emmagen Creek as alternative swimming spots.

In saying all that, most people who are used to adventuring in Far North Queensland shouldn't have much of a problem as long as they're prepared.

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How To Get to Alexandra Falls

When I visited Alexandra Falls, there wasn't much information online about how to get here. I knew that the waterfall was somewhere upstream on Alexandra Creek, but actually getting to the creek was a bit confusing.

I found that the access point to Alexandra Creek is via Turpentine Road, approximately 20 minutes south of Cape Tribulation or 25 minutes north of the Daintree River crossing. This is just inland from Thornton Beach in "Diwan".

I made a trip to the Heritage Lodge and Spa to ask if I could get access to the creek. However, it was clear that they did not want anyone walking through their resort to get to Alexandra Creek. Instead, there is a gate just 100 metres before Heritage Lodge and Spa with private vehicles only signs.

This is a private driveway that leads to Alexandra Creek. This is where the journey to Alexandra Falls begins. Read on for more details on the hiking route.

GPS Coordinates: 16°10'04.8"S 145°24'45.0"E

Blue pools, daintree creek
Car in the rainforest near cairns

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Cairns is one of the most popular travel destinations in Australia and car rentals quickly book out!

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Cape Tribulation Blue Pools on Alexandra Creek

Just 50 metres downstream from Alexandra Cree access is the Cape Tribulation "blue pools". This is a beautiful site with pristine clear, aqua rainforest waters.

However, I had been told by the local authorities that swimming in the Blue Pools is discouraged by the traditional owners as this is a culturally significant birthing site for indigenous women.

We made a quick detour to admire this beautiful spot from afar on the way out to Alexandra Falls.

When we spotted it, we met some other travellers who were already swimming in the pools. In fact, we saw several groups heading to the pools on our visit.

I'm not one to judge others' behaviour but personally, I didn't stick around long or swim in the waters out of respect for the traditional owners of the blue pools and the Daintree.

Blue pools cape tribulation

The Alexandra Falls Hike

  • Hiking Distance: 8.2 km return
  • Duration: 3-4 hours return
  • Elevation: 145m total elevation gain (mostly at the end)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The Alexandra Falls route begins at the creek crossing at Alexandra Creek (above). The route up to the waterfall follows this creek upstream for approximately 4 kilometres.

You'll need to be aware that much of the walk will be wading through the water. The rocks are quite hard and slippery, so I'd definitely recommend wearing trail runners or other enclosed shoes.

Alexandra falls hike

We were pretty certain that crocodiles weren't wandering this far upstream. However, I certainly can't guarantee that this creek is completely crocodile-free.

When we visited in the shoulder season, there had been a bit of rain but it was relatively dry. The creek was manageable to walk up the entire way with the deepest section only being about waist height. However, seeing the erosion on the sides of the banks, it's clear that this creek can flow fiercely, especially in the wet season.

Alexandra falls daintree

The aim is to follow Alexandra Creek the entire way to the waterfall. However, the creek forks in several sections, which can make finding the way a little difficult. The best way to approach it is to simply follow the main creek and avoid any detours or smaller creek tributaries.

The hike is relatively flat for most of the walk. However, in the last kilometre or so, you'll need to start a gentle boulder scramble up to the waterfall. This isn't steep, but it can be slippery. In one section near the end, it seemed as if the creek had completely dried up.

However, it was obvious once we got past this section that the creek must have been flowing underneath the boulders.

My Hiking Route: Strava

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My Experience Hiking to Alexandra Falls

The route up to Alexandra Falls in the Daintree was one of my absolute favourite adventures in Cape Tribulation. This was for me at least, a real taste of the Daintree.

Alexandra Creek is full of beautiful sections of deep, aquatic-blue water holes. We passed many on the way up to the waterfall and I can comfortably say that they are much more beautiful and serene than all of the other waterholes an swimming spots.

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Blue pools, alexander creek, daintree
Blue pools on alexandra creek, cape tribulation

There were sections when we needed to walk along the creek bank to avoid deeper water. There was evidence of a warn trail to follow in these stretches but no markers or ribbons. Overall, the route to the waterfall is fairly clear when wading through the creek, but is full of wild vines and wait a while as soon as you enter the scrub.

Alexandra falls hike in cape tribulation

We also noticed that there were hoses and pipes leading to the creek. This was unfortunate to see as I'm fairly certain that diverting freshwater streams in a national park is illegal. Of course, I can't guess who might be responsible for this but it was disappointing to see.

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Alexandra Falls: The Daintree Waterfall

After roughly 4 kilometres, you'll slowly approach Alexandra Falls in the Daintree Rainforest.

This giant waterfall has a pretty lower tier with a deep swimming pool and stacked log. However, the main event is at the top of a small scree climb beyond.

Alexandra falls, cape tribulation

It's difficult to say exactly how tall Alexandra Falls is, but I'd say the accumulated drop of all three top tiers is more than 150 metres– truly an impressive Cape Tribulation waterfall!

Alexandra Falls is in an exposed clearing and has its own shallow pool beneath it where you can cool off. The waterfall is also framed perfectly by two towering palms, which almost look like they were planted there!

Daintree waterfalls

After spending close to an hour relaxing by the waterfall and snapping photos, we turned around for the return trip back to the car. We managed to complete the walk in just under 4 hours, which I'd say was at a fairly leisurely pace.

Cape tribulation waterfall

Where to Say at Cape Tribulation

Below I've included some tips on the best places to stay on your trip to Cape Tribulation. If you'd like more suggestions with photos, read my comprehensive accommodation guide to Cape Tribulation.

Wildwood cape tribulation accommodation

1. Wildwood Rainforest Cottages Luxury

Wildwood offers luxury rainforest cottages set on a rare exotic fruit orchard. Freely explore the 800+ trees on the property, picking & sampling any of the fruits in season

Daintree crocodylus cape tribulation accommodation

2. Daintree Crocodylus Hostel Budget

Located in Cow Bay, this hostel offers safari-tent style rooms that are built from wood and canvas, with high ceilings, fans and mosquito net.

Cape trib holiday house accommodation

3. Cape Tribulation Holiday House Family

The highest-rated holiday house in Cape Tribulation set on 5 acres of rainforest & includes a huge balcony, 2 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen!

More Photos From My Trip

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Daintree creek hike

More Cape Tribulation and Far North Adventure Inspiration

I hope you enjoyed this blog post about my experience at Alexandra Falls, Daintree National Park (Cape Tribulation). If you're looking for more adventure ideas and travel inspiration from the Cape and Far North Queensland, make sure to check out some of my other posts below!

If you haven't left Cairns yet, check out my guide to the Great Barrier Reef Drive!

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I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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