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Pepina Falls, FNQ Tablelands

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by Lisa Morgan (subscribe)
...living life as it is meant to be experienced - outside the rat race, barefooted and content in one's own skin.
Published December 6th 2017
Only a short walk from the highway
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Pepina Waterfall after rain.
While Pepina Falls is a part of the famous Waterfall Circuit on the Tablelands, it is not located on a convenient circuit like the other 3 waterfalls (Millaa, Elinjaa and Zillie). You will have to travel out of the way some to see Pepina Falls, and the other waterfall in Middlebrook - Souita.

To see Pepina Falls, visitors have to take the Old Palmerston Highway which is in really poor condition and narrow enough to be considered an one lane road.

Expect to see a lot of farm animals around, even on the road at times, in addition to local wildlife like scrub turkeys and cassowaries.

Passing oncoming cars is tricky in many spots, and there are warning signs posted to not bring caravans onto this road. Take it easy on this road, particularly the corners, and make use of the verge to pull over if you need to pass oncoming cars.

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The slippery track down to Middlebrook Creek
If approaching from Ravenshoe, it is on the right, if from Millaa Millaa, it is on the left. You will see a small green sign labelling Pepina Falls at a small wooden bridge crossing over Middlebrook Creek.

Just turn off and park the car on the side of the highway. There is a small area here for two or three cars to park. The very top of the waterfall can be observed from the parking spot. Take care as the rocks and bank can be very slippery and muddy at the top of the falls.

Alternatively, for nicer photos, it is only a 5-minute walk down a steep rainforest path to get to the bottom of the waterfall. The creek is shallow and full of slippery, algae-covered rocks, and the path down can also be slippery due to wet leaves or mud. Rest granted, it is not a great swimming spot, but it will do in a fix for a cool down.

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The top of Pepina Waterfall
There is abundant flora and fauna in the area for photography in addition to the waterfall. Visiting Pepina will give you the feel of being on an adventure in the middle of the rainforest with no one else around.

Even though this waterfall is not as impressive as some of the other ones, it definitely is a more isolated and less touristy spot to visit which will appeal to some.

There are no rubbish bins or toilet facilities in this area. You will need to bring your own food and drink, remove your own rubbish, take a leak in the bush or hold it, and above all, don't forget the salt. As with many Tablelands rainforest sites, there is a high risk of picking up a leech or two. Even if you don't have salt on hand, a bag of potato chips is enough to put the fear into any unwanted bloodsucker!
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Why? Tick off another on the Waterfall Circuit
When: Daytime is best!
Where: Between Ravenshoe and Millaa Millaa
Cost: Free
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