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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 leaing up a wide, dirt track.
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.
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.
Cairns Accommodation Guide – Where to Stay
BRAND NEW HOTEL WITH A VIEW – OAKS HOTEL
This brand new hotel opened in September 2020 and is already rated as one of the best places to stay in Cairns! The location is right on the esplanade and features balcony rooms with a rooftop restaurant and cocktail bar.
BEST 5-STAR LUXURY HOTEL: PULLMAN REEF HOTEL CASINO
If luxury and location is 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!
BEST BUDGET HOSTEL WITH A POOL – 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, but we thought that the village was the best. They also organise plenty of things to do in Cairns straight form the hostel.
BEST VALUE HOTEL – RYDGES ESPLANADE RESORT
This hotel offers the best bang-for-buck. In terms of an epic stay for a decent price! Location is perfect, close to the esplanade and the reviews are excellent.
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 to help you find more waterfalls and natural swimming spots near Cairns.
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