Crystal Cascades is a series of waterholes and waterfalls along Freshwater Creek, near Cairns in Far North Queensland. The largest waterhole is under a sheer cliff; the highest point of the cliff is called “No Fear” and locals jump into the water from here. (Swimming is allowed most of the way along the creek, but jumping off the cliffs and boulders is not recommended; there was a fatality here in 2014.)
A 1.5km paved trail goes past swimming holes and smaller falls, before reaching the largest waterhole and waterfall at the end of the track.
Getting to Crystal Cascades
The 1.5km walking trail starts at the end of Redlynch Intake Road, which is about 20km (20min) from Cairns, passing a few nice swimming holes and picnic sites.
From the carpark, there is both a trail along Freshwater Creek to the Crystal Cascades, and another trail along Dowah Creek to the Fairy Falls.