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About Millstream Falls

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Getting there and getting around

Ravenshoe is 147 km from Cairns via the Gillies Highway. Big Millstream Falls is 3.5 km south-west of Ravenshoe on the Kennedy Highway. Turn left into the signposted entrance and follow the 1 km road to the picnic area. Parking is available for long vehicles.

Little Millstream Falls is accessed by a separate route. From Ravenshoe, travel along Tully Falls Road for 3 km and then turn right into Wooroora Road. Follow this for 1.5 km to the turn-off to the car park.

Wheelchair accessibility

The toilet at Big Millstream Falls is wheelchair-accessible.

Park features

Big Millstream Falls. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

Big Millstream Falls. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

Remains of a World War II covered trench. Photo: Tamara Vallance, Queensland Government

Remains of a World War II covered trench. Photo: Tamara Vallance, Queensland Government

Plunging over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow, Big Millstream Falls is reputedly the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. A walking track leads to a viewing area over the falls. Here, in the rain shadow of the Great Dividing Range, the dry, open woodland vegetation is dominated by eucalypts.

A separate entrance to the park leads to Little Millstream Falls. View these beautiful falls from just near the car park or take the steep and narrow track to their base.

Millstream Falls National Park lies within the traditional country of the Jirrbal Aboriginal people. The Jirrbal lived in the rainforest in semi-permanent villages, and used the rainforest's rich resources for food medicine and materials.

The park has a rich World War II history. 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. A network of rock-lined granite paths and roads linked the facilities. Many of these and other features are still visible along the World War II heritage walk

Read more about the nature, culture and history of Millstream Falls National Park.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Millstream Falls National Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation on the Atherton and Evelyn tablelands. For more information, see the tourism information links.

Things to do

The track to the Big Millstream Falls lookout is steep but sealed. Photo: Gary Featonby.

The track to the Big Millstream Falls lookout is steep but sealed. Photo: Gary Featonby.

Big Millstream Falls lookout. Photo: Tamara Vallance, Queensland Government

Big Millstream Falls lookout. Photo: Tamara Vallance, Queensland Government

Views of Little Millstream Falls from the walking track. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

Views of Little Millstream Falls from the walking track. Photo: Tamara Vallance.

Walking

There are three walking tracks at Millstream Falls National Park, two from the Big Millstream Falls carpark and one at Little Millstream Falls.

Big Millstream Falls lookout(Grade: moderate)

Distance: 680 m return
Time: allow 15 mins walking time
Details: Follow the steep but sealed walking track through the forest to the lookout over Big Millstream Falls. Rock seats are provided along the track and at the lookout.

World War II Heritage track (Grade: easy)

Distance: 1 km return
Time: allow 45 mins walking time
Details: Enjoy this easy walk through an area used by the 2/14th and 2/28th Battalions of the Australian Army during WWII. Informative signs tell of the conditions at the time and show how the soldiers lived, worked and played.

Little Millstream Falls track (Grade: moderate–difficult)

Distance: 700 m return
Time: allow 25 mins walking time
Details: Follow the steep and narrow walking track to the base of Little Millstream Falls. Enjoy views of the falls from numerous points along the track, and look for platypus in the pool at its base.

Trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving

Ride trail-bikes and drive four-wheel-drives through Millstream Falls National Park on the internal roads and firebreaks. Riders and drivers must be licensed and trail-bikes and vehicles must be registered. Expect to share the roads with pedestrians, horses, cyclists and other vehicles.

Stay on formed roads—trail-bikes and vehicles are not permitted off-road, including on walking tracks and boardwalks.

For more information, see trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving.

Mountain biking

Mountain bike through the Millstream Falls National Park on the internal roads and firebreaks. Expect to share the roads with pedestrians, motorbikes, vehicles and other cyclists.

Mountain bikes are not permitted on walking tracks or boardwalks.

For more information, see cycling.

Guided tours and talks

Several tour companies visit Millstream Falls National Park as part of their tours of the tablelands. For more information, see the tourism information links.

Picnic and day-use areas

The Big Millstream Falls day-use area is in shady surrounds and provides barbecues, tables and toilets. Please do not collect wood from the national park.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

To enjoy your time at Millstream Falls National Park remember to bring:

  • sunscreen, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt.

Opening hours

Millstream Falls National Park is open 24 hours a day. Parts of the park are occasionally closed for seasonal, planned burns. See park alerts for up-to-date information.

Permits and fees

Special permits are required for commercial or organised group activities. Contact us for further information.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Millstream Falls National Park.

Climate and weather

The lower humidity and daytime temperatures at Millstream Falls National Park are a pleasant escape from the coastal extremes. Maximum summer temperatures are around 29 ° C while winter temperatures can fall below 10 °C, when frosts are not uncommon. Most of the rain falls during the wet season, between November and March. For more information, see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available from Ravenshoe. For more information, see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

  • Wear appropriate safety gear and be realistic about your riding and driving abilities. Ride and drive to the conditions.
  • Beware of other road users. Vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians use the roads in this park.
  • Obey speed limits and safety and advisory signs.
  • Let a responsible person know your travel plans and when you expect to return.
  • Treat all water before drinking.
  • Always carry water, wear a hat and sturdy footwear, and try to walk in the cooler part of the day.
  • Stay on the track and take care on uneven surfaces, especially in wet conditions.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

  • Riders and drivers must be licensed and vehicles must be registered.
  • Stay on the formed roads—off-road trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving is not allowed. Mountain-bikes are not permitted on walking track or boardwalks. Avoid causing erosion and surface damage to roads.
  • Avoiding driving and riding on unsealed roads during and after heavy rains.
  • Wash vehicles and gear thoroughly before entering this park to prevent the spread of weeds and diseases.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife—it can affect their health and alter the natural population balance.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Millstream Falls National Park was gazetted on 19 June 1909, the first national park in North Queensland. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages the park to:

  • protect the park's natural condition
  • ensure rare and threatened species are protected
  • provide facilities for minimal impact and nature-based recreation
  • protect the park from overuse
  • concentrate human activity in less sensitive areas
  • help visitors enjoy the park's special attractions.

Tourism information links

Ravenshoe Visitor Centre
www.trc.qld.gov.au
24 Moore Street, Ravenshoe QLD 4888
ph (07) 4097 7700
email

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
7 October 2016