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Autumn in Cairns – rainforests and rushing waterfalls!

Written by Leanne Brown
Published 17 March 2022
Autumn is an excellent time to visit Cairns and set up your base to explore beautiful North Queensland. The temperatures are starting to slightly cool off from the hot wet summer season. The summer rains have turned the rich vegetation into a vibrant green and the rivers and waterfalls are flowing freely for you to witness.
If you are passionate about nature, and you have never been to North Queensland, the rainforests and waterfalls are reasons enough for you to book your break during autumn!

Enjoy the spray of a thundering waterfall as it escapes downstream!

If you are wanting to experience a waterfall or two, Atherton Tablelands is the place to be. Situated 1-2 hours from Cairns, this region is full of stunning natural beauty, where the air is cool, fresh, and abundant in waterfall wonders.
The tablelands are famous for the ‘waterfall circuit’, that covers over 20 must see sights. Grab yourself a visitor’s map and leave plenty of time to explore, however, if you are short on time, here are a few falls not to be missed.
The Malaanda Falls, great for families with small children, as it is located a very short distance from the visitor centre carpark. If you are lucky, you might spot a tree-kangaroo or two while there. Next is the Millaa Millaa Falls, a photographer’s dream, as seen in an advert or two over the years. One of the most frequented waterfalls on the tablelands, it too is only a short walk from the car park. Just a 14 minute drive from Millaa Milla, you will find the Mungalli Falls; bring your swimmers as you can cool off at both locations.

Travel through the clouds and arrive in a rainforest!

If you decided you wouldn’t like to drive up into the tablelands, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the answer. This 7.5-kilometre scenic cableway runs above the Barron Gorge National Park, leaving from its terminal just 20 minutes from Cairns. Jump onboard the cable car to enjoy a stunning ride through the rainforest to arrive at the Kuranda Terminal, located next to the famous Kuranda Railway Station. From here you can start your rainforest experience to the banks of the mighty Barron River falls. If you have allowed time, drop by for lunch at one of the many local cafes in town.

Where to stay?

The API Clifton Beach holiday apartments are ideally located on the beach front, close to the renowned Palm Cove and 15 minutes to Atherton Tablelands highway turn off.
Comprising of seven, two-bedroom apartments, the Clifton beach complex is fully self-contained with air-conditioning. While staying, enjoy a dip and relax in the swimming pool and barbeque area. Clifton beach is located just 25 minutes from the heart of Cairns and is an excellent base to explore this wide and diverse region.

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