Swimming in fresh water holes is one of the most popular things to do in Cairns and there are plenty to choose from, yet Josephine Falls is often considered one of the most beautiful of the lot.
Located 75 km South of Cairns, Josephine Falls is a very popular water hole for locals and those seeking serenity and beautiful scenery, providing several swimming areas, natural rock slides, paved walking tracks, lookouts and a picnic area.
Josephine Falls is quite popular for those looking for things to do in Cairns with kids, providing a day full of fun and exploring for the young ones, yet the area is very easily accessible, rendering it a fantastic day out for all ages.
Take in the ambience as you swim under waterfalls, lounge on the smooth rocks surrounding the pools or even go exploring and take a walk on some of the paved tracks to view some stunning scenery.
Tips and Tricks
Avoid Josephine Falls if there has been rain. The waterfalls are fed by rain from the mountains and are prone to flash flooding.
Pack plenty of water. On a hot day you can dehydrate quickly.
Pack old swimming costumes is you plan to take on the rock slides. Those costumes may take a bit of a beating.
Take insect repellent. Some of the flies bite… hard.
There are plenty of smooth rounded boulders that are often used by visitors as natural slides into the waters below. Just be careful on these rocks as they can get slippery at times. Other than that, the area is great to realx, especially on a hot Cairns day where access to cold water can really make a big difference to an outing!
So next time you’re out and about and looking for a scenic swimming hole in Cairns, think about heading down to Josephine Falls. It’s a great location for the family or those just looking to hang out and swim in the crystal clear waters.