I am an Organiser of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More on Meetup. Visit the website at https://www.meetup.com/HikingInSEQLDandMore/ is free to join all the activities posted on the hiking group.
Published April 22nd 2021
Spectacular Waterfall in Girringun National Park
Located in Girringun National Park, Wallaman Falls is the highest, permanent, single-drop waterfall in Australia. Wallaman Falls is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, home to some of the oldest rainforests on earth and many endangered plants and animals.
Stony Creek plunges 268 metres in a clear single-drop creating a cloud of mist, which often produces many rainbows on sunny days.
A steep trail takes you to the base of the waterfall. Djyinda walk is 3.2 km return allow 2 hrs walking time. Grade: moderate, meaning there is a steep descend and ascend, the track is rugged, may be muddy and slippery. You need a certain level of fitness to cope with the steepness of the track. The Djyinda (pronounced 'Yin-da' and meaning falls or also called Jinda Walk) walk begins 300 m from Wallaman Falls lookout and ends at the base of the falls.
At the base of the waterfall, there is a lookout where you can safely enjoy the waterfall. You can walk to the pool but there are big boulders and very slippery rocks. If you want to swim, make sure you don't have any chemicals on you such as creams, sunscreen and deodorants which pollute the waters. Stay away from the waterfall, where the water crashes on the rocks, since it may carry down to the pool logs and other objects.
The mist at the base of the waterfall around the boulders. Photo by Author.
A complicated beginning
"The beginnings of Wallaman Falls are anything but humble. Several major geological events created the landscape that you see today. About 50 million years ago, movements of the Earth's crust formed the edge of the continent that lies against the Coral Sea and the present-day landforms began to form. An earlier Herbert River flowed the west. It is not known when it reached its present east flowing course" - from the informative board.
A special place
"The Wallaman Falls Section of Girringun National Park forms part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. It boasts spectacular scenery and an array of plant and animal life. Around the falls, you can discover some of the region's diverse landscapes as open forest transforms into the rainforest. The creeks and rivers are home to platypus, eastern water dragons and saw-shelled turtles. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the reclusive musky rat-kangaroo or the endangered southern cassowary" - from the informative board.
I visited Wallaman Falls in April and it was a very warm day, 35 degrees Celsius. We started to drive from the town of Ingham. It was an interesting drive, with cattle on the road and lots of sugar cane fields.