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Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park

Walking tracks, creek access and viewing platform, Josephine Falls. Photos: Rob Ashdown, Queensland Government and Tourism QueenslandWalking tracks, creek access and viewing platform, Josephine Falls. Photos: Rob Ashdown, Queensland Government and Tourism Queensland

DANGER - Unpredictable water conditions

Conditions at Josephine Falls can be extremely dangerous. Flash flooding (rapidly rising water) can occur at Josephine Falls at any time of the year. Even when conditions at Josephine Falls are sunny and dry, rain in its upper catchment can cause water levels at Josephine Falls to rise rapidly, without warning.

People (even strong swimmers) regularly become isolated in the middle of the creek or on the far bank and require rescuing—endangering their lives and those of others.

People have died here, others have been seriously injured!

Always be aware of:

  • strong water currents (even when the surface looks calm)
  • unpredictable water conditions (flash flooding can occur without warning)
  • slippery rocks
  • submerged objects.

For your safety exercise extreme caution at all times.

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Welcome

The Noongyanbudda Ngadjon (noong-yan-budda-nud-jun) local Aboriginal people maintain a close spiritual connection with the Bartle Frere area and Josephine Falls, and they welcome you to their country.

Location

75 km south of Cairns

What's special

Josephine Falls is a scenic waterfall fed by rains falling on Queensland’s highest peak, Bartle Frere, which looms above this popular picnic area.

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Last updated
1 May 2018