Millaa Millaa Falls is and arguably one of Australia’s most beautiful waterfalls. The complete guide to visiting Millaa Millaa Falls in the Atherton Tablelands from Cairns, Queensland.
Millaa Millaa Falls is a very accessible and picturesque plunging waterfall in the Tablelands Region near Cairns. This particular waterfall is known to be the most photographed waterfall in Australia! And, it’s not hard to see why. It truly is a perfectionist’s ideal, with perfect plunging water and a wide, round swimming pond at the base.
I’ve visited over 30 different waterfalls in Cairns and the surrounding region and out of all of them, perhaps the most well-known is Millaa Milaa. After visiting this waterfall a few times, I’ve formulated this updated guide to help other travelers. I include how to get to this primary waterfall on the popular Millaa Millaa waterfall circuit and what to expect once you arrive.
I’ve also included some photos of the waterfall that I hope will inspire your visit to one of Australia’s most iconic drops.
- How to Get to Millaa Millaa Falls
- What to Expect at Millaa Milaa Waterfall
- More Quick Tips for Visiting the Waterfall
- Driving the Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit
- FAQ About Visiting Millaa Millaa Falls
- Planning a Trip to Far North Queensland
- More Photos from My Visit to Millaa Millaa Falls
By Olly Gaspar, traveler, travel blogger & photographer for 5+ years with 600+ published travel guides. I visit every place I write about & share real tips from what I learn.
How to Get to Millaa Millaa Falls
Millaa Millaa Falls is located in the Atherton Tablelands, close to the small township of Millaa Millaa. If you have your own car or transport, then it's a 1.5-hour drive from Cairns down the Bruce Highway and up the twists and turns of Gillies Range Road.
However, if you prefer directions, head south on the Bruce Highway from Cairns towards Gordonvale. Once you approach the obvious Walsh’s Pyramid, look out for signs to Atherton Tablelands over Gillies Range Road.
Follow this winding road all the way up to the Tablelands, pass the crater lakes and continue following signs south, just passed Malanda. Theresa Creek Road (the Waterfall Circuit Road) is just a minute or so from the small town.
There are very detailed signs to each waterfall on this road, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding Millaa Millaa Falls once you're on the road.
Once you reach the car park, the waterfall is right around the corner at the bottom of a few stone steps. It's really impossible to miss it.
Car Rentals in Far North Queensland
Cairns is one of the most popular travel destinations in Australia and car rentals quickly book out! I recommend booking well in advance. I always use DiscoverCars as they compare the widest range of rentals across dealerships in the Far North.
Alternative: Best Waterfall Tour From Cairns
If you don't have your own transport, then it's also possible to take a waterfall tour from Cairns. While I didn't take a tour, the linked tour below offers the best value that I could find for a full-day tour that takes you to many different locations near Cairns.
The total tour duration is 10-11 hours and includes:
- Cairns Hotel Pickup
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Hike in the Nearby Wooroonooran National Park
- Swim at Josephine Falls (one of my favourite waterfalls near Cairns)
- Swim at Millaa Millaa Falls
- Platypus spotting in Yungaburra
- Swim at Lake Eacham
What to Expect at Millaa Milaa Waterfall
The perfectly shaped waterfall cascades into a beautiful waterhole below. The scene seems to be tucked away in the dense surrounding rainforest, with tropical palms, ferns, and vines on each side.
Millaa Millaa Falls has a total waterfall height of 18.3 metres, and the waterhole is deep enough for swimming. This waterfall was also added to the Queensland Heritage Register back in 2005.
This waterfall definitely looks the part for a Tropical North Queensland waterfall. However, if you're looking for a surreal tropical waterfall at the end of a rainforest hike, then this might not be the one for you.
Millaa Millaa waterfall is understandably a popular destination, with tour buses stopping by daily.
There has also been a fair bit of development here, perhaps to make it a more attractive destination for weddings and events.
If you prefer a more secluded waterfall without any construction or development, I could highly recommend nearby Windin Falls, Dinner Falls, Little Millstream or the other two waterfalls on the Millaa Millaa waterfall circuit (below).
Tip: Try to Spot a Platypus Near the Falls
Apparently, if you're extremely lucky and have a keen eye for spotting wildlife, then you might be able to spot a Platypus.
While I didn't spot a Platypus here, you might get lucky! Otherwise, a tip is to head to nearby Yungaburra. Here, there's a viewing platform above Peterson Creek where a bunch of the little guys live!
More Quick Tips for Visiting the Waterfall
Here are some quick tips for visiting Millaa Millaa Falls.
- Come Early - If you're driving yourself, make sure to come early. We arrived at first light to be able to capture some photos without the crowds. Sure enough, after about half an hour there were hordes of tourists lining up for that perfect waterfall selfie.
- Bring your swimmers - This one is a no-brainer. It's a beautiful waterfall and an even better place to swim!
- Don't miss the surrounding waterfalls - If you book a waterfall tour, then you'll probably already see some more. But, if you drive yourself, make it a waterfall day trip.
Driving the Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit
Millaa Millaa Falls is the main attraction on the Tableland's Waterfall Circuit on Theresa Creek Road. In total, there are three very easily accessed waterfalls on this route, each only a few minute's drive away.
I've written more posts for each of these waterfalls, so if you're looking to check out more (I definitely recommend it), then you'll find these below. Furthermore, here's a quick summary and guide to the entire Waterfall Circuit.
FAQ About Visiting Millaa Millaa Falls
Where's Millaa Millaa Falls Located?
Millaa Millaa Falls is located in Queensland, Australia, specifically in the Atherton Tablelands,. From Cairns, it's about an hour and a half drive. You'll want to aim for the famous Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit to find this waterfall, as well as two others.
What's the Best Time to Visit?
Millaa Millaa Falls is good to visit year-round. However, you'll likely have a different experience in the dry season compared to the wet season. The dry season between May and September is usually your best bet. You'll get clear skies, low humidity, and comfortable weather. However, the falls are more impressive in the wet season, especially after a big flood.
Can you swim at the waterfall?
Yes! I swim here every time I visit. You can swim right up to the waterfall, which is quite an impressive feeling. The pool is fairly deep, just watch out for submerged rocks.
Is there an entrance fee?
No, visiting Millaa Millaa Falls is free.
Is there parking at the waterfall?
There's a car park near the falls, and it's also free. Though I've got to warn you that weekends can get crowded.
Cairns Accommodation Guide – Where to Stay
Visiting Cairns? The best places to stay are near the Cairns Esplanade or on the sunny Northern Beaches. Below are the top 4 options for varying budgets.
Alternatively, check out my Port Douglas accommodation guide for more ideas on where to stay in Far North Queensland.
1. Crystalbrook Riley Luxury
If luxury and location are what you're after, you can't beat this 5-star resort right in the heart of Cairns Esplanade.
2. Fitzroy Island Resort Mid-Range
Sleep out on one of the picturesque Great Barrier Reef Islands! Staying at Fitzroy often works out cheaper than staying in town & means you get more time to explore the reef, beaches, and rainforest walking trails.
3. Gilligan's Backpackers Budget
The best backpacker option for a great vibe in Cairns. Great place to meet like-minded travelers & features a pool, air-con rooms, a huge shared kitchen, & a great common area.
4. Pepper's Beach Club Palm Cove
Stay at the best beach resort in the heart of Palm Cove on Cairns's Northern Beaches!
Planning a Trip to Far North Queensland
Still in the planning stages of your trip to Cairns and the Tropical North? Here's a quick list of essential travel resources that I use to plan and book all my travels around the world independently.
Flights: Find & compare flight deals to Cairns International Airport using Skyscanner. Use the "search by month" feature to discover the cheapest day to fly.
Hostels: When it comes to scoring epic deals on hostels and cheap stays your secret weapon is Hostelworld. If you're traveling to Cairns to meet people, use the “See Who's Going” function.
Travel Insurance: HeyMondo is my top recommendation for travel insurance for Cairns and the Wet Tropics. They've got your back with comprehensive coverage, from unexpected flight hiccups to those "oops" moments. Click the link to get 5% OFF your policy.
Internet & Connectivity: Stay connected as soon as you land in Queensland with Airalo's eSIMS. Aussie sims will work. But if you're coming from overseas, I'd download their app and grab an eSIM before you set foot on Australian soil.
Car Rental: Don't overpay for a rental at the airport. Compare rental car prices across all dealerships in Cairns and Port Douglas. Use DiscoverCars to choose the perfect ride for your journey, whether it's a compact car or an SUV for off-road adventures.
Transportation: Public transport is limited to the natural attractions around Cairns and its best to use tour companies or rent a car. However, if you're arriving at the airport, or need a transfer between Cairns and Port Douglas, use the popular Cairns & Port Douglas shuttle.
To learn more about independent travel to anywhere else in the world, read my ultimate step-by-step guide on how to plan a trip.
More Photos from My Visit to Millaa Millaa Falls
I hope that this quick guide to visiting Millaa Millaa Falls has been useful in planning your adventures in the Tablelands and around Cairns. Looking for more inspiration? Here are some more Millaa Millaa Falls photos that I hope will inspire your trip.
- 60+ Things to do in Cairns - my ultimate Cairns and FNQ travel resource covering the best activities, hidden gems, and unmissable experiences.
- Cairns Hiking Guide - a huge list of epic rainforest, waterfall, and lookout hikes in Cairns.
- Cairns Waterfalls - a huge list of epic waterfalls that I've visited in Cairns and the surrounding tropics.
- Cairns Islands - discover my favorite Great Barrier Reef islands near Cairns and Port Douglas.
- Cairns Tours - my roundup of the best tours you can book in Cairns and FNQ, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Daintree Rainforest.
- Cairns Packing List - tips on what to pack for a trip to Far North Queensland.
- Top Things to Do in Port Douglas - a comprehensive guide to the sleepy Far North Queensland town of Port Douglas.
- Epic 5-Day Cairns Itinerary - my suggested adventure itinerary if you only have 5 days to spend in Cairns.
- Cape Tribulation Travel Guide - discover where the rainforest meets the reef at one of my favourite places in Australia.
- Magnetic Island Travel Guide - your ultimate resource for visiting "Maggie" near Townsville.
- Best Things to do in the Atherton Tablelands - my guide to one of Far North Queensland's most underrated adventure destinations.
- Accommodation Resources: Discover where to stay in Cairns, the best hotels in Port Douglas and my Cape Tribulation accommodation guide.