Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Photo: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Qld

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.

About Josephine Falls

    Park features

    Josephine Creek starts as a trickle high on the south-east side of the summit of Bartle Frere and ends as a substantial creek flowing into the Russell River. Approximately 7.5 km from the summit of Bartle Frere the waters of Josephine Creek tumble over granite boulders, forming the picturesque Josephine Falls.

    People have long been drawn to the natural beauty of the falls. It is not known whether or how the Noongyanbudda Ngadjon-jii used Josephine Falls but early European settlers visited and enjoyed this area, and continue to do so today.

    Looking after the park

    • Stay on walking tracks and boardwalks at all times. This reduces the risks of injury, prevents disturbance to native plants and animals and reduces erosion.
    • Littering the national park is prohibited, as litter is unsightly and harmful to wildlife. Please take your rubbish with you. Remember that cigarette butts are rubbish too and can contaminate streams.
    • Everything in the park, living or dead, is protected. Please leave everything as you found it and do not disturb native plants or animals.
    • Domestic animals are not permitted in national parks as they can disturb and harm wildlife.
    • Feeding of wildlife is prohibited as it can affect the health of animals and alter the natural population balance. Food scraps can contaminate streams.

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

    Park management

    Wooroonooran National Park forms part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. It is managed for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation. The Josephine Falls visitor area was developed and opened to the public in the 1970s.

    Tourism information links

    Cairns and Tropical North Visitor Information Centre
    www.tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au
    51 The Esplanade, Cairns QLD 4870
    ph (07) 4051 3588
    email info@ttnq.org.au

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

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.