Hands down one of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited. Not only are the views absolutely breathtaking (picture Jurassic Park epicness minus the dinosaurs!) but there is a freaking HUGE waterfall with an INFINITY POOL AT THE TOP! If you are road tripping through tropical north Queensland, I highly recommend spending at least half a day visiting Windin Falls.
Windin Falls isn’t the easiest place to find as it is not sign posted (until you get to the end of a dirt track), and there is also an hour’s hike to get there, but both of these facts amount to this little piece of heaven remaining relatively empty and untouched.
I stayed the night before in Yungaburra, at the On the Wallaby lodge, and headed to Windin Falls around 10am.
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Step 1: Drive to Lamins Hill Lookout
Put Lamins Hill Lookout into your GPS as this is the closest point on maps that you can easily navigate to.
Step 2: Drive past Lamins Hill Lookout
Continue along Old Cairns Track past the lookout for a few minutes until the road forks. You want to take the LEFT turn so that you continue along Old Cairns Track.
Step 3: Drive for around 4km until you see a sign for Windin Falls
The track is not the best paved and has lots of loose rocks so make sure you drive slowly. You basically follow the path until just before the end. Here you will see a sign saying “Windin Falls” as well as space to park.
Step 4: Park and then walk about 5 minutes until you get to a large metal gate.
I would advise parking in the area near the Windin Falls sign and then walking to the end of the road as logging trucks sometimes frequent these roads, and you hopefully don’t want to block their paths! You’ll walk for about 5 minutes until you see two gates, one to the left for logging (private property) and a big metal one to the right. You want to climb over the metal gate to the right.
Step 5: Hike for around 40 minutes until you get to a little falls sign and an orange ribbon on a tree.
The hike is a moderate level, it undulates but it mostly sheltered. I would imagine that when it’s been raining a lot it will be a bit more difficult to do.
Step 6: Turn right and walk for another 15 minutes until you approach Windin falls.
When you get to the sign and ribbon you can choose to carry straight on or turn right for a slightly shorter path. If you turn right this walk takes around 15 minutes and the lookout and falls will appear on your right hand side.
The hike is around 4.5km each way, so you will need around two hours to walk there and back. Enjoy!
If you plan on going I would advise:
- Screenshotting this blog as there is ZERO signal there (a tiny bit around Lamins Hill Lookout but nothing after that).
- Taking water with you.
- Putting on suncream.
- Bringing insect repellant (there are quite a few horse flies).
- Checking the weather (if it has rained a lot the track will be very muddy)
- And of course don’t forget your swimwear!
There are plenty of waterfalls and swimming holes in North Queensland, so if you can’t make it here, don’t worry!
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