Ellinjaa Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Atherton Tablelands. It is a great stop-off point and a highlight of the Atherton Tablelands waterfall circuit on a day out.
There have even been sightings of turtles and platypus at the falls and you may even be able to see some on your visit if you are lucky enough.
How to get to Ellinjaa Falls
Address: 1174 Theresa Creek Rd, Millaa Millaa QLD 4886, Australia
Ellinjaa Falls is located within tropical North Queensland, Australia. It is only a short drive away from Zillie Falls and Milla Milla Waterfall which form part of the Atherton Tablelands waterfall circuit.
Access is granted via Theresa Creek road where there is a free public car park and picnic area.
If you are driving from Cairns to Ellinjaa falls then give yourself the full day and plan ahead. It will take approximately 1 hour 45 min from Cairns, but there are other great waterfalls to see on the way there or on the way back such as Zillie Falls, Milla Milla Falls, Nandroya Falls and Josephine Falls.
The Ellinjaa Falls walk
There is some good news for people who do not like hiking; the walk down is not strenuous at all. You will have to walk down some big steps and in total it will take you around 5 min. There is no excuse not to see this waterfall even if it is for a quick stop off.
The views on the way down are covered in lush greenery and overlooking trees. You will more likely than not spot a few lizards stuttering about and the odd bird tweeting. Not to mention the cheeky roosters.
Caution, the track can be slippery when wet.
What to expect at Ellinjaa Falls
As you get to the bottom you will notice there are a lot of rocks and stones at the base of the falls. The waterfall can be quite powerful, as we have seen online for ourselves.
However, for us, the waterfall wasn’t as powerful as it could be because it hadn’t rained for a while. Even so, we don’t think you would be able to swim in this waterfall as the area where the water plunges into is quite shallow; it is more of a waterfall to admire from a distance.
Word has it is that there are turtles and platypus there too, we weren’t as lucky to find such creatures but maybe you will be.
Since Ellinjaa Falls is close to other waterfalls such as Millaa Millaa Waterfall and Zillie Falls, it is worth doing a whole day tour. The Atherton Tablelands waterfall circuit is perfect to do all in one day and seeing other beautiful falls in the area.
- Arrive early morning to get the sun rays beaming through the bushes
- No need for hiking boots sandals/sliders/trainers/runners will be fine
- Watch out when getting closer to the waterfall as the rocks can be slippery
How far is Ellinjaa Falls from Cairns?
By car it will take you around 1 hour 45 min.
Is Ellinjaa Falls safe for children?
Yes, it is safe for families to enjoy.
How far is the walk to Ellinjaa Falls?
The total time to walk to the bottom of the falls from the beginning of the walking track will be 5 min.