Waterfalls & Swimming

The Cardwell Forest Drive is a 26 klm scenic drive, starting at the town centre and covering lookouts, fresh water swimming holes and idyllic picnic spots. 

Cardwell from the LookoutEasy to follow signs mark the way and you’ll discover delights such as Cardwell Lookout, Attie Creek Falls, Dead Horse Creek and Spa Pool along the way.  Its beautiful water holes, natural spa pool and picnic facilities provide an enjoyable drive for all with wonderful bird watching and bush walking opportunities.  Set aside at least half a day to enjoy all the Cardwell Forest Drive has to offer.

The Spa PoolAt Five Mile Swimming Hole, 7 klm south of Cardwell, just a short drive off the highway there is a beautiful swimming hole, picnic and barbecue area.  A favourite spot for the locals.

Along the Kirrama Range road is Blencoe Falls, a part of the Girringun National Park and one of the most stunning waterfalls in Australia.  Blencoe Falls is the northern gateway to Wet Tropics Great Walk, encompassing over 110klms of bushwalking trails and campsites.

Blencoe Creek plunges 90m to the pool below before cascading a further 230m to the base of the gorge. Camping, bushwalking and scenic drives enhance the visitors experience of this diverse Wet Tropic area.

Murray FallsFurther north is the turn off to Murray Falls. A 22 klm drive west from the highway, The Murray Falls has a stunning 30 metre drop and is accessible by conventional vehicle.  There are great photo opportunities from the falls boardwalk, which provides wheel chair access and great facilities for picnickers. National Park camp sites are also available.