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Millaa Millaa Falls

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published March 17th 2019
Explore Australia’s most photographed waterfalls
Welcome to one of the most photographed Waterfalls in Australia.


We are quite fortunate in Australia to have such a diverse range, incredible and beautiful nature attractions, including mighty and magnificent waterfalls and North Queensland certainly has no shortage of showing off their propitious when it comes to waterfalls.

The stairs from the carpark leading to the mighty Falls.


Surrounded by lush rainforest and located on the famous Waterfalls Circuit, the World-Heritage Listed Millaa Millaa Falls is found in the spectacular Atherton Tablelands, North Queensland.

This plunge waterfall is home to a popular swimming hole, Ulysses Butterfly and Platypus, making it a no wonder that it is the most photographed Falls in the country!



The magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls is 18.3 metres high and cascades perfectly to a pristine waterhole below where a refreshing swim in its cool waters tempts you. It was formed on a volcanic basalt which has weathered to create distinctive vertical striations (pipe formations) in the surface of the rock giving the Falls its pleasing textural backdrop.

Close up of the spectacular striations.


Millaa Millaa Falls was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2005. It is a place of importance due to its aesthetic significance, which lies both in its natural beauty and picturesque qualities as well as its iconic representation, both nationally and internationally.

Reading the history of the spectacular Millaa Millaa Falls


Millaa Millaa Falls is no doubt a spectacular and majestic waterfall, even though it might be the most frequented Falls in the Atherton Tablelands, it is a must visit and do not forget to bring your camera!



Fun Facts:

MaMu Aboriginal phrase referring to the rainforest vine Elaeagnus Triflora whose fruit appears from May to February.

The Falls were discovered during exploration of overland routes to connect the Herberton mining fields with Queensland coastal ports.

In 1882, tracks were blazed through the rainforest close to the Falls by both Sub Inspector Alexander Douglas and Christie Palmerston and was mapped an improved track through the area during 1884-1885.



In the 1920s, a quarry was established next to Millaa Millaa Falls to supply a nearby crushing plant with stone, which was used to produce road-making materials.

Millaa Millaa Falls was almost threatened to damage or being destroyed by blasting and excavation. This was stopped and protected by the Millaa Millaa Progress Association, and by the mid-1920s it had become a popular stop for tours of the Atherton Tablelands.

In the late 1950s ,Millaa Millaa Falls was upgraded and extended, a small carpark was constructed, and public facilities were added to the site including toilets, shelter shed, and barbecues.



In 2003, the quarry was converted into a carpark and a walking track and steps were created which lead down to the Falls viewing area.

In 2005, a biological toilet facility, shelter shed and interpretive bus shelters were built.

* The Falls is an icon within the tourism industry, not just in North Queensland but also nationally and internationally.



In 2008, search on the internet revealed at least 917 tour sites advertising the Falls, with 276 containing photographs.

Millaa Millaa featured in numerous movies, documentaries and television commercials; advertising everything from Indian lotto, Swedish Timotei shampoo to Australian Herbal Essence Shampoo Ad.



Facilities include barbecue, picnic areas, change rooms and toilets.

There is a sealed carpark near the waterfall.

Getting Here:

Millaa Milla Falls can be accessed by a sealed road off the Palmerston Highway about 5-minute drive from the township of Millaa Millaa.

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Why? A spectacular waterfall for all ages to enjoy
When: All year round
Where: Millaa Falls Road, Millaa Millaa
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thank you, Neil Follett :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|510) 304 days ago
I love waterfalls Gypsy Rose and you photos do them justice. I may never get to see the Millaa Millaa falls, but I now feel I've been there.
Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 2|341) 304 days ago
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