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Hiking to Spring 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 9th 2020
A lovely hike leading to a gorgeous waterfall
Located in the Mowbray Valley just south of Port Douglas, Spring Creek is a favourite amongst locals who love natural swimming holes. It's a delightful place to relax, swim, and enjoy the great outdoors. However, for those who want more of an adventure, there's a waterfall at the end of the creek. I had visited Spring Creek once or twice when I found out about the waterfall, and I couldn't wait to see it.

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The waterfall at the top

To get there, turn off the main highway at Tresize Road, which then turns into Spring Creek Road. Just before the end of the road, there is a dirt track that weaves through the grass. Follow this to the end, and park the car. You now have a 2.5KM walk ahead of you. The first time I did this walk was with my partner, and the second time was with a friend. It takes approximately one-two hours each way and isn't exactly difficult but it does require some rock-hopping so you need to take care. Both times that I visited were during the dry season I imagine it would be too slippery and somewhat dangerous during the wet season. I would recommend taking plenty of drinking water, insect repellent spray, and sunscreen, and wearing hiking boots or trainers with a decent grip.

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Enjoy stunning views along the way

To reach the waterfall simply follow the creek. Along the way, there are mini waterfalls and small pools where you can take a dip to cool off. The first time I visited we reached the pool just before the top one and stopped here because we thought that it was the end. There is a small waterfall coming into it, and in my opinion, it's a more attractive and inviting place to swim.
The reason why I thought that this was the end the first time was because the rocks looked incredibly difficult to climb. This is the hardest part of the hike, as you tackle the steep rocks with planning and precision. I was terrified whilst doing this part when I visited for a second time. However, if you make it to the top there is a stunning waterfall and large deep blue pool to swim in. The water is pretty cold, but I was hot after the walk up, so it was lovely and refreshing.

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Take a refreshing swim when you reach the top

I found both times that the walk back felt a little tedious, but it's all worth it. If you need to cool off again when you get back to your car, it's only a short drive to Spring Creek for another swim. Although I was somewhat terrified at the last bit of the hike, I would recommend this walk during the dry season for some exercise and gorgeous natural surroundings.
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Why? An excellent hike, refreshing swim, and stunning views
When: Anytime
Where: Mowbray Valley
Cost: Free
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Great photos Kerry, of a great spot. Thirty years ago I may have been tempted to follow in your footsteps.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4542) 817 days ago
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