One of three waterfalls along the 17km Waterfall Circuit (or Theresa Creek Road), Zillie Falls is an impressive waterfall reached by a very short and level walk from the carpark. The falls are surrounded by lush rainforest.
It’s perhaps the least photogenic waterfall compared to the others, as the fenced viewing platform is at the top of the falls. It’s hard to see the full height of the falls or the base of the falls throgh the dense foliage. (For a slightly better view, you can go ’round the fence to get closer to the top of the cliffs. But be very careful, as the foliage hides the edge sheer drop to the valley below.) There’s no official track to the bottom of the falls, although I’ve read after my visit that there is a rough, steep and informal track to the base of the waterfall.
Getting to Zillie Falls
Zillie Falls is about one and half hours south of Cairns, near the village of Millaa Millaa, and is the middle of three waterfalls along the picturesque Theresa Creek Road. The parking area is on the opposite of the road to the calls, and a short track leads to a fenced viewing platform.
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.
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