Starting from the car park at the end of Josephine Falls Road, this walk takes you to the Josephine falls and back via a singular track, featuring a lovely set of rock pools that you can swim in. The gorgeous waterfall sits beautifully in the world heritage-listed rainforest of Wooroonooran National Park. Especially picturesque after recent rainfall, this waterfall has deep rock pools at the base for you to cool off and take in the tranquil scenery. The granite rocks can warm you up as after the swim, providing you with an option to have a little picnic by the water. Speaking of, there is a BBQ and picnic area at the start of the hike as well. The area is quite popular, so come early to avoid the crowd. Bring an insect repellent to better protect yourself from the march flies(horse-fly). Access to the top section of the falls is restricted. Please watch the colour and level of the water at all times as there can be flash floods after rainfall. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Bartle Frere Road then drive for 6.8 km
Turn right onto Josephine Falls Road and drive for another 620 m
Keep right onto Josephine Falls Road and drive for another 25 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From just before the end of Josephine Falls Road, head up the steps and head north towards the green sign near the sheltered informative signposts to your right along the concrete footpath. Keep moving in the same direction as you pass by the said sign and signposts, joining the singular walking track taking you deeper into the woodland. Follow the said track as it meanders towards Josephine Creek to continue along Josephine Falls Track.....
Directions & comments
There is a toilet (about 25 m back from the start).
Find the sign at the start.
Find the BBQ at the start.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Bottom Pools where you can enjoy the cool waters of Josephine Creek. Watch the water level and colour to avoid being caught in possible flash floods. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 510 m continue straight.
After another 40 m turn right.
After another 25 m come to the "Creek View".
About 30 m past the end is "Josephine Falls".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 630 m to get back to the start.
This little side trip takes you to the Bottom Pools where you can enjoy the cool waters of Josephine Creek. Watch the water level and colour to avoid being caught in possible flash floods.
Directions & comments
After another 50 m come to "Bottom Pool".
Continue another 0 m to find Bottom Pool at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 50 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
20 min to 45 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)