A quick waterfall guide to help you find Fairy Falls Cairns, the hidden waterfall at the back of Crystal Cascades.
Fairy Falls Cairns is a small hidden gem just a short 15-minute walk from the popular swimming spot at Crystal Cascades.
Sometimes, it pays to wander off the beaten path. This is definitely true when it comes to the Fairy Falls since most people that visit the Crystal Cascades wouldn’t even know it existed! In my opinion, it’s a more beautiful waterfall, nestled in a small rainforest nook, complete with drooping vines and a crystal clear waterfall pool.
In this guide I’ll share with you everything you need to know about visiting Fairy Falls including how to get here and what to expect once you arrive.
If this is the first time reading my blog, then you might not know that I’ve documented hundreds of epic things to see and do in Cairns. After checking out the Crystal Cascades, why not explore more epic Cairns waterfalls or hiking trails, or check out this list for where to stay.
How to Get to Fairy Falls Cairns
In order to get to Fairy Falls, you’ll need to drive to the Crystal Cascades, located approximately 25 minutes from Cairns city. Unfortunately, there aren’t any public transport options to the Cascades, so you’ll need your own transport.
The car park for the Crystal Cascades is located at the end of Redlynch Intake Road. This is where you will need to drive to and leave your car before hitting the secret trail to Fairy Falls. I’ve pinned the exact location of the car park on the map below.
If you don’t have your own car, then I recommend booking a canyoneering tour from Cairns. The one below is one of the best canyoneering experiences in Far North Queensland and runs up the “Crystal Canyon”, right near the cascades and Fairy Falls.
Check best price: Cairns Canyoneering Adventure
Finding the Hidden Trail to Fairy Falls
The trail to the Fairy Falls is located on the far left side of the car park (as you enter the car park, looking toward the Crystal Cascades walking trail).
There are no signs or markings indicating the path, but you’ll see the clearing next to a warning sign for stinging plants.
Continue down this trail through the dense tropical rainforest for no more than 10 minutes until you reach the creek, where the trail bends left. Don’t take the deceiving path that leads nearly vertically up a hill. Instead, stay near the creek and continue along until you reach a small clearing.
Here, there is a shallow pool and just above it, is the hidden waterfall.
Fairy Falls Cairns – What to Expect
It’s true, Fairy Falls isn’t the most impressive waterfall in Cairns in terms of size or power. However, it’s a very scenic waterfall carved into the cliff which flows into a narrow but deep blue pool.
There is also a large, thick log which seems to have torn down the rapids and wedged itself perfectly into the waterfall. Locals have carved some steps into the slippery bark to help you climb a little higher and admire the waterfall.
Fairy Falls is one of my favourite spots in Cairns to come and unwind away from crowds. The walk is very short and easy, making it one of the best spots in town to cool off in the hot tropical heat.
Cairns Accommodation Guide – Where to Stay
Planning a trip to Cairns and wondering where to base yourself? Below I’ve listed some of the best options near Cairns Esplanade. I’ve also written a comprehensive accommodation guide to Cairns, so make sure to check that out too before you book!
Also, if you’re looking to stay in Port Douglas, I’ve got some tips on finding great accommodation deals there too.
LUXURY RESORT WITHOUT THE PRICE TAG – Rydges Resort
This hotel offers the best bang-for-buck. In terms of an epic stay for a decent price! The location is perfect, close to the esplanade and features include three swimming pools, two tennis courts, a jacuzzi, a fitness centre and even an award-winning restaurant.
BEST 5-STAR LUXURY HOTEL: Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
If luxury and location are what you’re after, you can’t beat the Pullman. It’s rated Cairns’ best hotel and features restaurants, a pool, live music gigs and even a casino! If nightlife is your thing, don’t go past this one.
STAY ON THE ISLANDS: Fitzroy Island Resort
If you’d rather sleep out on one of the picturesque Great Barrier Reef Islands, look no further than the Fitzroy Island Resort. While you can get out here on a day trip, I highly recommend spending the night so you get more time to explore the reef, coral beaches and rainforest walking trails.
BEST BUDGET HOSTEL WITH A POOL – Gilligan’s Backpackers
The best backpacker option for a great vibe in Cairns is Gilligan’s Backpackers. That’s because this one has a swimming pool, AC, a complete kitchen and a great common area to meet other travellers.
More Cairns Waterfalls, Hikes & Adventures
I hope that this quick guide to visiting Fairy Falls in Cairns, Queensland has been useful for you. If you liked this spot, make sure to check out some of my other articles for the Far North. I’ve spent loads of time documenting the best adventures to share with you.
So, go on, I’m sure you’ll find something new!