Attie Creek Falls

Cardwell, Queensland, Australia

About Attie Creek Falls

Hiking Distance: 1km round trip
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2008-05-16
Date last visited: 2008-05-16

Waterfall Latitude: -18.29367
Waterfall Longitude: 145.99579

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Attie Creek Falls was a waterfall that Julie and I visited based on a recommendation by the friendly hosts at the nearby Mudbrick Manor near the town of Cardwell. Prior to their recommendation, we didn’t even know about this waterfall. In any case, we managed to squeeze in a visit to this roughly 25m waterfall just before darkness fell, and we were glad that we managed to do it! What we remembered most about this falls was the calm pool that reflected the thin falls. When we turned around and looked further downstream, we realized that there were more tiers to this waterfall though we weren’t able to take meaningful pictures of those lower tiers.

Indeed, in our rush to see the falls before it got dark, we had to quickly walk 500m uphill to the base of the falls after quickly making through a small picnic area at the small car park (see directions below). The uphill climb seemed to be a bit more exercise than we bargained for, especially considering we were also racing against the dark. Nonetheless, when we arrived at the falls, we caught it just in time to see pink clouds reflected in the calm plunge pool. Speaking of the pool, it looked like it would be an inviting place to cool off from the heat and humidity of the tropical Central Coast region of Queensland.

Given the light-flowing nature of this waterfall, it seemed like it would have its greatest flow during the Summer monsoons of the Wet Season. It would then diminish its flow as the Dry Season would wear on. What you see pictured at the top of this page was during our visit in May 2008, when tropical Queensland was transitioning from the Wet to the Dry.


From the small Hinchinbrook Island neighboring town of Cardwell, we took about a 15-minute drive to get to the picnic area and car park for the falls. More specifically, from the Cardwell Visitor Centre, we went south a couple of blocks to Brasenose St. Turning inland on Brasenose St, this street left town and headed into the hills where it seemed like there were no more street signs. We basically just persisted on this road (while also going off the verbal directions courtesy of the hosts at the Mudbrick Manor).

Unfortunately, we didn’t have more specific directions, and the maps seemed to no longer show roads behind the town of Cardwell. I’m afraid inquiries will have to be made with the locals in Cardwell in order to get more specifics to the whereabouts of the falls besides what I’ve described here.

For context, Cardwell was 53km (over 30 minutes drive) north of Ingham, 165km (2 hours drive) north of Townsville, and 182km (over 2 hours drive) south of Cairns.

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