Crystal Cascades is a series of water holes and waterfalls in a section of Freshwater Creek only a short 20 minute drive from Cairns Central Business District. Shaded by rainforest canopy and surrounded by impressive granite boulders, the pools stay cool throughout the year even in the warmer months.
There’s a short 1.5 kilometre paved trail that leads to several swimming holes culminating at a waterfall at the end of the track. 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.