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Davies Creek Falls

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by Kerry Williams (subscribe)
Kerry Williams is a freelance writer from England, who is now living in Far North Queensland, Australia. To find out more visit
Published November 6th 2019
A gorgeous location for a walk and swim
The Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland have so much to offer anyone who loves waterfalls, swimming in freshwater, or just getting out in nature. One spot that's not to be missed is Davies Creek Falls. This beautiful waterfall is located in Davies Creek National Park in Mareeba, a 20-minute drive south of Cairns. As soon as I saw photos of the stunning natural infinity pool, with shimmering deep blue water surrounded by granite rocks and dramatic mountains, I couldn't wait to visit.

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Swim in the natural infinity pool

As you approach the falls, the final part of the drive is along gravel and washboard surfaces on a meandering mountain track. It requires care and attention to get there safely. It would be possible in two-wheel drive in dry conditions; however, it would be easier in four-wheel drive. You will find yourself at a car park, from which it takes just a few minutes to walk to the lookout. The view of the waterfall and mountains from here is fantastic.

To reach the water you will need to climb over a few rocks and seek out the best path, however, it isn't too difficult. Within just a few minutes I found myself at the natural infinity pool, and it did not disappoint. Look right to see large rocks piling up into the mountains, with water idly trickling down. To the left, you will see water dripping from the pool into the depths of the valley below.

Unless you visit in the peak of the wet season, the water flows lazily, so I didn't feel unsafe at all swimming up to the edge of the pool. The water is a little cold but on a hot day, it's very refreshing. I would advise taking sunscreen as there's no shade. If you want to explore further, you can walk up the creek and discover more rock pools. There is also a campsite just a little further down the track. Fees apply and camping must be booked in advance. There are few facilities; however, there are toilets and picnic tables. Several lovely walks can be enjoyed from the camping area.

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Why? A beautiful place to walk and swim
When: Anytime
Where: Mareeba, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland
Cost: Free
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