Summary: Reached by a short but steep paved trail, Ellinjaa Falls is a picturesque waterfall that drops 15m into a shallow pool.

Ellinjaa Falls is the most “natural” waterfall along the Waterfall Circuit (Theresa Creek Road), formed by Ellinjaa Creek cascading 15m over a series of lava columns. It’s generally not too busy (especially compared to the other falls), as a short but steep walk down to the creek is needed to reach the waterfall.

Ellinjaa Falls

At the base of the waterfall is a natural pool – it’s a nice spot for a dip, but not really deep enough to swim. If you go into the water, you can go behind the falls where there is a small ledge you can sit on. (The creek and pool are also home to platypuses and turtles.)

Ellinjaa Falls

Getting to Ellinjaa Falls

Ellinjaa Falls is about one and half hours south of Cairns, near the village of Millaa Millaa, and is the last (or first) of three waterfalls along the picturesque Theresa Creek Road. From the carpark, a paved but fairly steep walking track descends about 200m to Ellinjaa Creek, just below the waterfall.

You can visit Ellinjaa Falls as part of a Waterfall Loop day trip from Cairns, which includes a number of waterfalls and swimming hole.

Best time to visit

As with all the waterfalls around Cairns, the best time to visit is December to March, when the flow of water is at its peak. The waterfall flows all year round.

More information

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