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.
Milla Milla Falls A very accessible and picturesque plunging waterfall in the Tablelands Region near Cairns. Millaa Millaa Falls is known to be the most photographed waterfall in Australia! It’s 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 to hopefully inspire your visit.
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 Millaa Millaa Falls 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 to “Millaa Millaa“, just passed Malanda. Theresa Creek Road (the Waterfall Circuit Road) is just a minute or so from the small township.
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 carpark, the waterfall is right around the corner at the bottom of a few stone steps. It’s really impossible to miss it.
Millaa Millaa Falls Tour From Cairns
If you don’t have your own transport, then it’s also possible to take a Millaa Millaa Falls 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
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What to Expect at Millaa Millaa Falls
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. Millaa Millaa Falls 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).
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Platypuses at Millaa Millaa Falls
Apparently, if you’re extremely lucky and have a keen eye for spotting wildlife, then you might be able to spot a Platypus. I’ve grown up in Australia and I’ve yet to spot one in the wild. If you do spot one here, definitely let me know!
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 Millaa Millaa Falls 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 Millaa Millaa 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 Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit.
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 center, 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.
AIRBNB near Millaa Millaa
Another great option for places to stay near Cairns is to use Airbnb. If you’re looking to stay a little closer to Millaa Millaa and the surrounding waterfalls, then will be your best option.
More Millaa Millaa Falls Photos
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 photos from the ground and the drone.
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 and Surrounds, or this guide to the Best Things to do in Cairns.