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.
In this post, I’ll outline how to get here and what to expect once you arrive. I’ve also included some photos of Millaa Millaa waterfall that I hope will inspire your visit to one of Australia’s most iconic waterfalls.
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.
I’ve pinned the location of the waterfall carpark below to help you find it.
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.
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
BOOK THE BEST-RANKED AND CHEAPEST WATERFALL TOUR FOR UNDER $110 HERE
What to Expect
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).
Featured in: 22 Awesome Things to do in the Atherton Tablelands
Tip: Try to Spot a Platypus
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. You can read my full list of the best waterfalls near Cairns here to help plan your trip.
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.
Related: How to Spend 5 Days in Cairns
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 Without the Price Tag: 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.
Check price & availability at Pullman
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.
Check price & availability at Fitzroy Island resort
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.
Check price & availability at Gilligan’s
More Photos from My Visit to the Waterfall
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.
Otherwise, you’ll find more nearby waterfalls in the links below. You can also check out my complete guide to the Best Waterfalls in Cairns, the best hikes, or this guide to the Best Things to do in Cairns.