REVIEW: Swimming at Josephine Falls with Kids

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Josephine Falls is a scenic waterfall fed by the rains falling on Bartle Frere, Queensland’s highest peak. The land is traditionally owned by the Noongyanbudda Ngadjon-jji people and is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the stunning, Tropical North Queensland.

Getting to Josephine Falls:

Josephine Falls

Head south from Cairns along the Bruce Highway towards Townsville. Enjoy the scenery as you drive 75km to Mirriwinni, a country town that lies south of Babinda. Take the turn off towards Mount Bartle Frere and follow the signs for the next 8km to reach Josephine Falls.


There is a:

  • Car park
  • Barbeque area
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets

Walk to the falls:


From the car park the walk to the falls is only 700 meters along a bitumen paved track. The beautiful walk is suitable for wheelchairs and prams and takes you to the viewing platforms and swimming holes. Take caution on the stairs that descend to the swimming areas as they can often be slippery.

Can you swim at Josephine Falls?


Yes, you can swim at the falls! The top section of the waterfalls is not accessible to visitors for safety reasons, but the bottom pool is perfect for a relaxing swim. Just be sure to follow the directions of signage and be sensible around the water.

Are Josephine Falls good for children?


Josephine Falls are kid friendly and are the perfect place for a day of family fun. The natural water slides make for a whole lot of fun, and the bottom pool is crystal clear and varies in depth. Again, just be sure to obey the signs and keep an eye out for your kids at all times.

Are there crocodiles at Josephine Falls?


There are no crocodiles at Josephine Falls, however, crocodiles sometimes wander inland so keep an eye out for crocodile signs.

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