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Published April 2nd 2019
A visit to Australia's only widest single-drop waterfall is a must
You know you have discovered something special when you can hear the mighty roars of a waterfall that is surrounded by beautiful lush rainforest and bushland... Millstream Falls is located in Ravenshoe and is part of the spectacular Waterfall Circuit.
It is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics in the Far North region of Queensland and it was the site of an army camp during World War II and former soldiers make nostalgic visits to remember those times.
The scenic and pleasant walk to Millstream Falls...
Millstream Falls is impressively tiered and plunges over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow, a legacy of the Atherton Tableland's volcanic past and is reputedly the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia, making this Waterfall a must-see attraction, especially if you are a waterfall enthusiast, nature fanatic or you simply enjoy chasing waterfalls.
There is a walking track that leads to a viewing platform area over the falls. Here, you can admire the true natural beauty; the rain shadows of the Great Dividing Range, and the dry, open woodland vegetation that is dominated by eucalypts.
The Millstream Falls Lookout Walk is graded moderate and is around 680 metres return (15mins approximately). It is steep, but sealed and takes you through spectacular lush forest to the Lookout. There are rock seats available along the track and at the Lookout.
Millstream Falls National Park is situated within the traditional country of the Jirrbal Aboriginal people. The Jirrbal lived in the rainforest in semi-permanent villages and used the rich resources from the lush rainforest for food, medicine and materials.
Not too far off, with a separate entrance to the park, you will find the Little Millstream Falls. The view here is absolutely stunning and can be seen from just near the carpark or you can take the steep and narrow track to the base.
Other things to see near Millstream Falls:
With the National Parks rich war history (World War II), you will discover an interesting experience into the past with the World War II Heritage Walk. Camp sites were constructed for the Battalions of the 7th and 9th Divisions between 1943 and 1945. The campsites were built to hold almost 1000 men each and were mostly tent accommodation and cooking, latrine and washing facilities. You can discover the remains of tent sites, corduroy roads, training and parade grounds, trenches and other reminders of the time spent here on the Walk.
The World War II Heritage Track is graded easy and is around 1km return (45mins walking time) and features informative signs along the walk.
The Little Millstream Falls Track: This Track is graded moderate-difficult and is a 700 metre return (25 minutes walking time) and follows a steep and narrow walking track to the base of the beautiful Little Millstream Falls. The views of the Falls can be admired from numerous points along the track, and do keep an eye out for platypus in the pool at its base.
From Cairns: Ravenshoe is 147km from Cairns via the Gillies Highway. The Big Millstream Falls is 3.5km south-west of Ravenshoe on the Kennedy Highway. Turn left into the signposted entrance and follow the 1km road to the picnic area.
The little Millstream Falls is accessed by a separate route. From Ravenshoe, travel along Tully Falls Road for 3km and then turn right into Wooroora Road. Follow the road for 1.5km to the carpark turn-off.