2020: Post 20: Crystal Cascades ….. Atherton Tablelands

The main swimming hole


Crystal Cascades Cairns, Australia

Crystal Cascades is one of the secrets of Cairns and Tropical North Queensland that locals wish they could hide from visitors.

It is a secluded freshwater swimming hole, hidden in a wonderfully cool tropical rainforest accessible by self drivers or for those adventure seekers on our Cairns canyoning tours.

A series of small waterfalls flow into large pools surrounded by large impressive granite boulders.

Rainforest trees hang over the mountain water, keeping it cool and refreshing. There are also council managed and cleaned BBQ and picnic tables in the area with a toilet/change room block close-by.

For most, the only way of discovering the presence of Crystal Cascades is by being told by a local, or unwittingly following road signs to the unique surrounding places.


Rainforest trees hang over the mountain water, keeping it cool and refreshing.

Steps to the main swimming pool            Looking down on the main  swimming pool          Harriet my wife getting ready for a swim

Dense rainforest trees hanging over the slope towards the creek.

The entry road that continues up along the creek.

A mountain rainforest fig with large spreading buttress roots


Views of the mountain creek from up along the entry  road

Another mountain rainforest fig with large spreading buttress roots.


A sign that talks about the precious gem in the rainforest. It says further ‘ We invite you to explore and enjoy …. the scrub turkeys, the rainforest butterflies, and frogs etc.
A sign that talks about World Heritage Listing of  this area  ….. protecting for future generations

From  World Heritage site


World Heritage site, any of various areas or objects inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. The sites are designated as having “outstanding universal value” under the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. This document was adopted by UNESCO in 1972 and formally took effect in 1975 after having been ratified by 20 countries. It provides a framework for international cooperation in preserving and protecting cultural treasures and natural areas throughout the world.








A beautiful little creek that flows into the main creek


To see the next activity we were involved with over the week we were up on the Atherton Tablelands, see this post:

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