Millaa Millaa Falls | Queensland

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:15 February 2017 

A picture-perfect sampling of tranquillity at its natural best, the Millaa Millaa Falls are one of the main highlights of the Atherton Tableland area of Far North Queensland.

Average Winter Temp: 23°C

Average Summer Temp: 29°C

Traditionally inhabited by: Mamu Aboriginal people

The falls are named after the Millaa Milla Vine (‘Malay Malay’ in the Mamu Aboriginal language), the rainforest vine that frontlines the natural vegetation of the region, besides serving as the traditional source of food for its indigenous people. Ensconced in this lush greenery, the Millaa Millaa Falls plunge from a height of 18m into a waterhole that’s great for a swim almost all year round.

The Millaa Millaa Falls have received recognition in all forms, ranging from a listing on the Queensland Heritage Register, to featuring among the most photographed waterfalls in Australia. Besides its swimming potential, the idyllic setting of the falls is ideal for picnicking, even more so thanks to the barbecue facilities and amenities provided on site. Ulysses Butterfly and Platypus sightings are fairly common during tranquil afternoons, adding to the charm of the area.

Head to Atherton Tablelands for your next holiday, and enjoy its many scenic delights. Stop at Millaa Millaa for a refreshing swim and a family picnic, and explore the surrounding tablelands, historic villages and lush rainforests. Other waterfalls in the region will also make for excellent stopovers; these include the Zillie, Ellinjaa, Pepina and Mugalli Falls.

 

Attractions & Activities:

Caravan Parks:

Millaa Millaa Tourist Park

Millaa Millaa, QLD

The nearest caravan park in the vicinity of the Millaa Millaa Falls, Millaa Millaa Tourist Park is situated on 7 acres of gently rolling tableland, with lush rainforests and clear blue skies as its backdrop. Offering self-contained villas and a variety of cabins in addition to caravan parking sites, the property is a much preferred accommodation option in the area. The premises are pet-friendly, and equipped with modern toilets and showers, a swimming pool, modern all-weather camp kitchen, and efficient laundry facilities.

$25/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $7 for every additional person; $3 per child

$30/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $7 for every additional person; $3 per child

(Weekly booking discounts available. Single cabins, family cabins and a self-contained villa are also available.)

 

Lake Eacham Tourist Park

Lake Eacham, QLD

A charming property located in the Cairns Highlands, about 35km to the north of Millaa Millaa Falls, Lake Eacham Tourist Park offers family cabins and shady camping sites in a tranquil, naturally beautiful setting. Sites here are limited but very well managed, and supported by infrastructure including a rustic camp kitchen, clean amenities and a small laundry area. The entire property is pet-friendly, covered by lush greenery, shady trees and beautiful flowers, and frequented by a variety of birds all year round.

$22/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $5 for every additional person

$27/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $5 for every additional person

(Cottages and family cabins are also available; tariffs start at $110/night.)

 

BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park

Atherton, QLD

45km to the north of the Millaa Millaa Falls, BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Holiday Park is well-placed for tourists wishing to explore the many picturesque destinations of the Atherton Tablelands. The property’s proximity to Atherton Township also makes it ideal for guests who’re looking to do a spot of shopping or café hopping in addition to swimming and nature trails. Besides villas, cabins and cottages, both powered and unpowered caravan sites are available here, together with the full range of modern facilities as well as a dedicated pet friendly area.

$30/night - $60/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites (seasonal fluctuations in tariffs)

$42/night - $84/night for 2 persons, powered sites (seasonal fluctuations in tariffs)

(Discounts available for BIG4 members. Cabins etc. are also available.)

 

Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:

Besides Queensland’s Roadside Rest Areas, caravanning tourists can find a few overnight free camping facilities on their way to Millaa Millaa Falls. These depend on the direction you’re driving from. The Babinda region in Far North Queensland (an hour or two’s drive east of Millaa Millaa) has a few options, such as the Babinda Rotary Park free camping area that allows you to stay free of cost for up to 72 hours.