Crystal Cascades

Crystal Cascades is only about 25 minutes from Cairns CBD, and it features an endearing collection of swimming holes and falls from which to choose. Go for the most breathtaking falls at the far end of the collection, or stick with one of the sumptuously shady pools you'll meet along the way.

Fairy Falls

Magical, mystical and just the kind of place mischievous gnomes would play, Fairy Falls is for folks who think barefoot is sexy. That’s because you have to take your shoes off to get there.

Fairy Falls is nestled in dense rainforest, not far from Crystal Cascade. Use the Crystal Cascade carpark, then head through the scrub on the left until you hit the creek. That's where you take your shoes off and keep on trekking to the falls.

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Haha this is that last one I promise - I need to stop chasing waterfalls

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Stoney Creek Falls

No list of Cairns waterfalls near me would be complete without a mention of Stoney Creek Falls. This crystal-clear cascade is only about 15 minutes north of town, providing the chance to chill in tropical rainforest surroundings yet still make it back to Cairns CBD in time for the afternoon meeting. Rocky walking tracks add to the allure, as do enchanting spots where you can steal a kiss along the way.

Millaa Millaa Falls

Perhaps the crown jewel of romantic waterfalls in Tropical North Queensland, Millaa Millaa waterfalls is about a 90-minute drive from Cairns. Not only are you treated to lush, tropical ferns and dreamy picnic spots, but you can drive right up to the falls in your car. 

You can likewise swim right out to the falls and slither onto the rocks directly beneath them, luxuriating in the invigorating cascade of the Millaa Millaa's fresh, cool water of the falls.

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Fun fact: the Herbal Essence hair commercial was filmed here

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Because these Cairns waterfalls are so close, you’ll still have time to head back to town to visit Oceana Walk for a quick bite or Valentine’s Day gift shopping after your adventure. Enjoy!

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Fancy restaurants and shows are fine, but there's another Valentine's Day date option that can sweep you off your feet – literally.

Head to one of the four fabulous Cairns waterfalls near me if you're in or around the Cairns region.

Sun, 10th Feb 2019