Attie Creek Falls - A True Hidden Gem in Cardwell Forest Drive

Attie Creek Falls – A True Hidden Gem in Cardwell Forest Drive

Are you looking for a breathtaking waterfall to add to your Queensland itinerary? Look no further than Attie Creek Falls.

This natural wonder is located in the rainforest of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and is definitely worth a visit.

This post will tell you everything you need to know about Attie Creek Falls, including how to get there, the best time to visit and what to expect.

Key Points

  • Attie Creek Falls is a hidden gem located in the rainforest of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
  • The falls are accessible by a short hike from the parking area, and there are picnic tables where you can relax when you are back.
  • From the Attie Creek car park, follow the uphill trail for 700 metres until you reach the waterfall.
  • If you’re looking for the best water flow, visit during the wet season between November and April.

How to get to Attie Creek Falls?

Address: Brasenose Street, Cardwell, Queensland 4849, Australia

The Attie Creek Falls is a beautiful, natural waterfall that flows seasonally. It’s located in Girringun National Park near the coastal town of Cardwell and can be reached easily by driving down Cardwell Forest Drive.

The falls are located approximately 2.5 hours south of Cairns and only a 5-minute drive from the Cardwell Spa Pools, which have become popular on Instagram.

If you are driving from Cairns, make your way to the town of Cardwell. Once you arrive there, you can follow the signs to the falls. You will reach a large car park where you will start the short walk to the falls from.

Best time to visit Attie Creek Falls

The answer to this question depends on a few factors. Attie Creek Falls is a seasonal waterfall in Queensland, meaning that what you see changes drastically depending on the time of the year you visit.

If you’re looking for the best weather, the best time to visit Attie Creek Falls is between May and September. This is when the temperatures are mild, and there is less chance of rain. This means you might experience thin falls flows.

However, if you’re looking for the best water flow, you’ll want to visit it during the wet season, between November and April. This is when the rains are heaviest, and the creek is at its fullest.

We visited in June, and you can see from the pictures that we experienced relatively thin falls, but we still had a great time there.

Dani jumping into Attie Creek Falls

What to expect at Attie Creek Falls?

Attie Creek Falls is a hidden gem located on Cardwell Forest Drive. The falls are accessible by a short hike from the parking area. To get to the falls, follow the directions below.

At the Attie Creek car park, there are picnic tables where you can relax and take a break when you are back. From there, you will have two options: keep to your right and follow the uphill trail for 700 metres until you reach the waterfall or take a left and enjoy an easy 100m walk to the lower Attie Creek, where you will find a calm pool that almost looks like a spa pool.

If you follow the waterfall trail, you will find a beautiful waterfall (relatively thin compared to others in the region) that flows into the perfect calm pool. As you can see from the pictures, we jumped from the rocks into the swimming hole, and it was super fun!

Dani in the water at Attie Creek Falls

Nearby Attractions

Tourists often flock to see the Cardwell State Forest’s stunning sights, which include natural features such as Dead Horse Creek and Attie Creek Falls, in addition to manmade marvels like the Cardwell Spa Pools and Cardwell Lookout.

The nearest waterfalls include Wallaman Falls and Murray Falls. Wallaman Falls are Australia’s highest permanent single-drop waterfall, while Murray Falls offers amazing rock pools with clear waters from the Murray River where you can swim and relax.

Cardwell State Forest is the perfect place for a nature hike, especially if you’re interested in the area’s rich culture and history. The forest is located within Girringun National Park, boasts gorgeous scenery, and is an essential part of the region’s identity.