Crystal Cascades is a series of water holes and waterfalls in a section of Freshwater Creek. Shaded by rainforest canopy and surrounded by impressive granite boulders, the pools stay cool, even in the warmer months.
Once at the car park, follow the 1.5 kilometre paved track through dense rainforest and into the pools and waterfalls. There is also a barbecue and picnic area with toilet facilities, all maintained by Cairns Regional Council.
Keep an eye out for local wildlife, both in the water and on the banks. Most animals will steer clear of visitors, but the goannas might snatch food if they get the chance.
Warning: There may be hidden submerged rocks in nearby pools – obey the signs and warnings.
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