Sunday, 22 January 2017

Barron Falls, Cairns. Queensland.

One day whilst staying in Cairns we headed to the Barron Falls up near the town of Kurunda in the hills. Decided to walk to the falls from the carpark provided in preference to taking a ride on the Skyrail.  The day we ventured to do this was very overcast, humid about 28 deg C making it a comfortable walk.
The Barron Falls is a steep tiered cascade waterfall on the Barron River located where the river descends from the Atherton Tablelands to the Cairns coastal plain, in Queensland, Australia.

There is a video at the bottom of this post which shows you the falls in the wet season. It's been well done and is from Youtube.


The pathway where we begin.
Note is doesn't say how far the walk is, but about 15 minutes there.




Some of the scenery along the walk.




A place to rest, needed for us.


Walked over a bridge and looked down, the train line.






Cable cars from where we were standing on the viewing platform.


This photo was taken before we went lower.


Give an idea how far away we were and how the falls cascade in the dry season, remembering we are in the tropics where there are only 2 season - wet, summer - dry, winter.


The top of the falls.


Barron Falls in the Wet from the Skyrail.

Barron Falls is a National Park and the water from the falls supplies the Power Station at the Barron Falls Hydroelectric Station - shown in my post about Surprise Falls.

54 comments:

  1. It looks a lovely spot and a very nice place to take a walk

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    1. It's different walking in a tropical rain forest. No coats, cardigan or such - just light clothes and water to drink plus a camera, that's all is needed.

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  2. That a beautiful green place to visit !!
    Always nice to see your wonderful photos !!
    Happy weekend !

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  3. What makes falls so intriguing and beautiful. Haven't a clue, but I love them.

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  4. No words to express the nature beauty. I love to walk on the path. Capture of falls, rails all looks beautiful:)

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  5. Margaret what an amzaing landscape. I admire your forest.. masterpiece of creator

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  6. Even in the dry season it is green and lush...

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    1. Always green up that way, yet the other side of Australia in WA is not. IT's certainly wide and varied country that we live in.

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  7. It looks like a wonderful place, there are so many awesome places in this country that I would love to visit

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    1. There are Jo-Anne, it's very different in so many places you just have to see it to believe it.

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  8. It is quite spectacular when in full flight. We are a land of contrast.

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  9. There is more to explore at the falls than we saw. We took the cable car up and the train back.

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    1. Lot's to explore and see, it was rather dark the day we went because it was about to drizzle but nice to get a bit damp.
      Heaps of people walk like we did,

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  10. LOVE that video, all that glorious rushing water. The walk you took is a very pretty one too. So green, so lush, so different from the dry in the southern states.

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    1. The wet tropics are very different to the remainder of Australia as you say, but worth seeing.
      'Tis a good video of the wet, was hard to find a good one.

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  11. It's always lovely to see your landscape there far away..These photos, as the previous ones ,are really beautiful and full of green.

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  12. Wow! That is a handsome and green place!

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  13. How beautiful. It reminds me of the Dominican Republic.
    You had quite a hike didn't you?
    Have a great one.

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    1. Was a good walk for two people who are not wrapped in walking :)

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  14. The good humidity of the area, makes the vegetation whatever abundant.

    The waterfall is very beautiful.

    Kisses

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  15. Hello Margaret,
    What a fantastic place. Great view.
    Nice that small train line.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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  16. I'd love to take a cable car ride over such a beautiful park.

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  17. The train trip up and the cable car down......that's the way to do
    this trip. It is fantastic.
    Great report Margaret.
    Far more water over the falls when I did the trip, I think it was in October.
    Cheers
    Colin

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  18. truly loved your trip dear friend!!!
    this curved tree branch in the way gave me glimpse of anaconda !
    photos are so mesmerizing and enjoyed the view from above .
    above all i want thank you for this such a Beautiful video that was a magical experience!!

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    1. There were many tree branches like the one in the photo, all shapes and sizes really amazing.
      You are welcome :)

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  19. Lovely scenery and nice walking trails.

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    1. Excellent walking track to the view, well maintained and it was rather dark there due to the very cloudy day.

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  20. Wow!
    Amazing!

    I really enjoyed your collection of photographs here

    All the best Jan

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  21. As a lifelong birder I can only drool at the range of species I could find there.

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