Stoney Creek Falls Cairns is a popular waterfall walking track and swimming hole that is easily accessible from the Cairns CBD. Visitors will have the option of a short scenic walk to Old Weir Falls or a refreshing dip in the swimming hole near the car park.

Looking for a quick, refreshing freshwater swimming hole to beat the Cairns heat? I’ve got you covered. Stoney Creek Falls Cairns is one of the closest swimming spots in Cairns, and one of the easiest to reach.

Whether you’re up for a quick dip or a short hike to Old Weir Falls, Stoney Creek is an excellent nature destination to visit near Cairns.

Where is Stoney Creek Falls Cairns?

Stoney Creek is reached via a short, 20-minute drive from Cairns CBD down the Western Arterial Road. You’ll need to turn onto Stoney Creek Road (Kamerunga) which leads through the rainforest to the car park.

From here, the track is clearly visible on the right, and immediately leads onto a concrete footbridge, where it’s possible to fork off to the nearby swimming hole, or continue to Old Weir Falls on the Stoney Creek walking track.

Did you know that the Stoney Creek car park is the starting point for the Glacier Rock lookout track and is only a 15-minute drive from Fairy Falls and the Crystal Cascades?


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Stoney Creek Waterfall and Swimming Hole

Everyone knows that Cairns can get hot! As a result, it’s not hard to see why Stoney Creek has become such a local favourite.

Stoney Creek Swimming Hole

The great thing about Stoney Creek Falls Cairns is that there is a deep, swimming hole just minutes from the car park.

To get here, cross the concrete footbridge and take the left track at the fork immidately after. Alternatively, you can also cross underneath the bridge and follow the shallow creek for about 3 minutes to the waterhole.

STONEY CREEK SWIMMING HOLE

The swimming hole is wide and roughly 2 metres deep in the deepest section.

Although this is a great spot to swim and cool off, it can get very busy in summer, especially on weekends. Consider visiting early or on weekdays to avoid the crowds.

STONEY CREEK SWIMMING HOLE CAIRNS

The Stoney Creek Walking Track to Old Weir Falls

If the swimming hole is crowded, or you’d prefer a short hike to a larger, more secluded waterfall, then take the walking track to Old Weir Falls. This is accessed by taking the straight track from the footbridge fork leading up a wide, dirt track.

STONEY CREEK FALLS WALKING TRACK CAIRNS

This track is the Stoney Creek Walking track, which after about 20-minutes reaches Old Weir Falls. This track follows the creek up the side of a rounded hill and finishes just above the waterfall.

There is a large fallen tree that rests just above the waterfall, framing it nicely. Old Weir waterfall itself cascades roughly 8 metres down a rocky face onto a sand-lined shore.

OLD WEIR FALLS AT STONEY CREEK, CAIRNS
Old Weir Falls

Although the water isn’t as deep here, it’s still a great place to cool down and enjoy the serenity. There is also a deeper swimming hole just above Old Weir, and a few more spots scattered along the track.

STONEY CREEK FALLS 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!

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.

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RYDGES ESPLANADE RESORT IN CAIRNS, WHERE TO STAY ACCOMMODATION

BEST 5-STAR LUXURY HOTEL: 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.

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PULLMAN CASINO CAIRNS

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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THINGS TO DO FITZROY ISLAND, ISLANDS OFF CAIRNS, DRONE

BEST BUDGET HOSTEL WITH A POOL – Gilligan’s Backpackers
The best backpacker option for a great vibe in Cairns is Gilligan’s Backpackers. This one has a swimming pool, AC, a complete kitchen and a great common area to meet other travellers.

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GILLIGANS BACKPACKER RESORT

CHECK OUT THE FULL LIST OF BEST HOSTEL AND HOTEL DEALS IN CAIRNS

More Cairns Waterfall Guides

I hope that this quick guide to visiting Stoney Creek Falls Cairns (Old Weir Falls) has been useful for planning your Cairns adventures.

For more free waterfall guides in Cairns, make sure to check out some from the list below. I recommend reading this Cairns Waterfall Guide or this Cairns hiking guide to help you find more waterfalls and natural trails near Cairns.

STONEY CREEK SWIMMING HOLE NEAR CAIRNS
STONEY CREEK FALLS

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