Cannabullen Falls, Misty Mountains QLD

Summary:

Easy to moderate half-day walk, amazing view and good spot for a dip. Part of the Misty Mountains Wilderness Tracks and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Where:

The trail starts at Hinson Creek Trailhead which is located on Sutties Gap Road between Ravenshoe and Millaa Millaa. It took me about 1 hr to get to the trailhead from Atherton. The road is gravel but you could get there in a 2WD – though it may be a bit washed out during rain. Info on how to get there from QPWS is here or see this one on AllTrails.

Trail Notes:

The trail is 13.6 km in total and it took me 1hr 40 mins in and 2 hours out with an hr spent having lunch and cooling off at the waterfalls. The trail is made up of three fairly even sections:

  1. 2.1 km from the road to the intersection. Left takes you via Cannabullen Creek to Cochable Creek campsite (a difficult track). Right takes you down the Cardwell Range Track – and Cannabullen Falls.
  2. 2.5 km from the intersection to the point where you need to turn left to access Cannabullen falls.
  3. Final 2.2 km to the top of the falls.

The first intersection – turn right

QPWS rates this walk a 4 out of 5 difficulty, however 90% of the walk is easy due to the wide tracks, quite open rainforest and mostly flat or very gently undulating terrain. There are a few select steep spots and the most difficult part is the steep scramble down to the falls and back up. There’s a lot of loose soil and rocks but you can quite easily hold on to tree roots and pick your way up.

As usual it’s hard to tell from a photo, but this is the steep part of the track to get down to the falls.

90% of the track is perfect – flat-ish, clear and open

It’s early December and we’ve only had a few showers, so the first creek crossing was very shallow and I could rock-hop, whereas I took my boots off for the second crossing (about the half way mark). I can imagine it would be much more of a mission to cross these creeks if there’s been substantial rain.

Creek crossing – no dramas in the dry

The view from the top of the falls is expansive and similar to Windin Falls – a single drop waterfall surrounded by steep cliffs. Both make me extremely nervous close to the edge! The drop is estimated to be 70m.

 

View from the top of Cannabullen Falls (blisters owing to my previous adventure – I’ll tell you the story soon…)

Follow the creek upstream for approx. 20m and you come across another water fall with a deeper pool where you can have a proper swim. It was a little stagnant due to the lack of rain but I still couldn’t resist a skinny dip. I started out at 8am, so the humidity was definitely coming on by the time I reached the falls. It was certainly a warmer walk back to the car.

 

Not a bad spot for lunch – the top falls

 

Pros:

Like Windin Falls, but easier track, better swimming and less people.

Cons:

A bit more out of the way.