Souita Falls is an off-the-beaten-path, multi-tiered waterfall within a pocket of rainforest on the Atherton Tablelands above Cairns. Read on for how to get here, what to expect and check out some photos of the waterfalls.
Souita Falls is one of the more “less-known” waterfalls in the Tropical Far North. Located behind rural properties in the hinterlands of the Tablelands plateau, this multi-tiered cascading waterfall is a worthwhile stop if you’re up for a quick walk.
Since it seems that not many people visit Souita Falls, there isn’t a lot of information about it online. In this quick guide, I’ll share my experience and give you a bit of insight into what to expect and how to get here.
Where is Souita Falls?
Souita Falls is located in the hinterlands just off the Palmerston Highway near the township of Middlebrook near Millaa Millaa. The waterfall is approximately 111 KM or 1-hour 40-minute drive from Cairns.
You’ll find the access track to Souita Falls just off of “Middlebrook Road”, which is a narrow, winding road that connects to the Old Palmerston Highway. This road is sealed and can be accessed by any vehicle type.
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How to get here
Getting to Souita Falls requires a car since there is no public transport or any tours that visit this waterfall.
Depending on your plans, from Cairns, you’ll need to either take the Kennedy Highway over Kuranda and into the Tablelands or take the more direct but very winding Gillies Range Road instead.
Whichever route you take to the Tablelands, you’ll need to head towards “Millaa Millaa”. Next, take the Old Palmerston Highway South and turn left on Middlebrook Road. Continue on this road until you cross a cattle grid. There is a small local sign with adequate space to pull over once you reach the track.
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What to Expect at Souita Falls
The Souita Falls walking track is only 220 metres and passes two cascading waterfalls. It’s very accessible with a clear track the entire way, although it’s a little steep on the way back up.
I recommend trying to keep the noise down as you make your way to the waterfall lookouts as there is a chance of spotting a wild platypus here.
After just 110 M, you’ll descend onto a blocked-off lookout which overlooks the first waterfall flow. Unfortunately, you can’t get a great view here, with most of the flow blocked from sight. There also doesn’t seem like many good options to get down to the base either.
If you continue, you’ll eventually reach the last waterfall, which is a little smaller but you’ll get a better view. Again, access to any swimming spots is blocked, but you could probably use your imagination here to continue around to find a good spot to swim.
DON’T MISS: THE MILLAA MILLAA WATERFALL CIRCUIT
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.
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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 Cairns and Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls
Enjoy Souita Falls and looking for more waterfalls and adventures in Cairns and the Tablelands? I’ve written this complete guide to the Best Waterfalls in Cairns and Surrounds, as well as this guide to the Best Things to do in Cairns and Surrounds or my Cairns hiking guide to help you plan your adventures.
Otherwise, take a pick from the links below for more waterfalls nearby.
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