Josephine Falls is a multi-level waterfall which flows through the rainforest creeks of the Wooroonoran National Park.
Although it’s a little far from Cairns, Josephine Falls is well worth the drive, especially if you’re already planning a trip to Wooroonooran National Park.
Cairns Accommodation Guide – Where to Stay
BEST BUDGET HOSTEL WITH A POOL FOR $19 A NIGHT – MAD MONKEY BACKPACKERS
The best budget backpacker option in Cairns is Mad Monkey Backpackers. This one has a swimming pool, AC, a complete kitchen and even free bike hire to take you around Cairns. There are also three locations across Cairns, but we thought that the village was the best.
BUDGET HOSTEL CLOSEST TO THE ESPLANADE FOR $26 A NIGHT – YHA CAIRNS CENTRAL HOSTEL
If you’re looking to stay close to Cairns centre, then you can’t beat YHA Central. It’s only a 5-minute walk to the esplanade and situated right near pubs and supermarkets. There’s also a pool and two spas, with a free breakfast included.
SLEEP ON A BOAT IN CAIRNS HARBOUR – BOATEL CAIRNS
If you’re looking for a unique stay in Cairns, then you can’t get much more unusual than staying at a “boatel”. It’s located 1 KM from Cairns and only a 6-minute walk from Cairns Rainforest Dome. The boat has free WiFi, AC, a bar and even a TV in the room.
How to Get to Josephine Falls
To get to the cascading waterfalls, you’ll need to drive 75 kilometers southwest of Cairns. You’re going to need your own car to get here. However, if you don’t have one, there are several tour operators that take people to Wooroonooran and the surrounding waterfalls.
It should take roughly one hour to reach the carpark from the city. I’ve pinned the location of the carpark in the Google maps below to help you find it.
Once you reach the carpark, it’s only a short 700-meter walk on the incredible rainforest track. Since this is a popular destination, the path to the waterfalls is sealed with bitumen and is mostly flat. You can download the official QLD Parks Map here.
About Josephine Falls
Josephine Falls is a cascade of waterfalls, the largest being at the end of the track. Unfortunately, swimming at the largest waterfall is forbidden. However, there’s plenty of opportunities to grab a snap and admire one of the most scenic waterfalls in Cairns.
Deaths in Dangerous Flow
In the wet season, the flow can get very unpredictable. Unfortunately, there have been several deaths at this waterfall due to submerged rocks and dangerous current. There are several warning signs and river depth alarms, so it’s best to be cautious. If you’re concerned, you can check current warnings for all parks here.
What to Do at Josephine Falls
In the hot, humid season, many people flock inland to the incredible freshwater waterfalls around Cairns. I’d definitely recommend this waterfall as one of the best in the area.
Waterfall Rock Slide
A little before the main waterfall, there is a sign indicating access to the river. Here, there’s a deep, clear swimming area with a waterfall rock slide! Although it’s not huge, it’s a fun way to cool off.
There are several smaller swimming holes along the creek, some of which are deep enough to swim in. If you’re looking for a more secluded swimming spot, then I’d reccommend trying to find some for yourself.
The Mt Bartle Frere Track
The Josephine Falls Carpark is also where the Mt Bartle Frere trailhead starts. If climbing Queensland’s tallest mountain is on your Cairns itinerary, then you can read the full blog post below.
READ THE FULL BLOG POST: MT BARTLE FRERE HIKE: HIKING QUEENSLAND’S TALLEST MOUNTAIN
AIRBNB in Cairns
Another great option for places to stay in Cairns is to use AirBnB. If you’re looking to stay a little closer to Wooroonorran National Park, then will be your best option.