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"Walking tracks and swimming at Crystal Cascades" Top 5 Page for this destination Fitzroy Island Tip by tropicrd

Fitzroy Island, Cairns: 7 reviews and 24 photos

  Beautiful Crystal Cascades
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      Beautiful Crystal Cascades
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  • Cascading through the rainforest. - Cairns
      Cascading through the rainforest.
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  • Natural pools to cool off in. - Cairns
      Natural pools to cool off in.
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      Taking a break and enjoying the ambience
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      Be careful of these tree roots.
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Crystal Cascades is a popular swimming place for the locals of Cairns and has 3 grades of walking tracks.
Crystal Cascades is called--Bidjil Bidjil by the indigenous protectors of this magical place.

Nestled at the end of Redlynch Valley you will find these cascades flowing into the freshwater creek creating natural pools along the way down from the mountains.

Track 1-- Cascades starts from the carpark which has a paved path that follows the Freshwater Creek for approx 1.2 kilometers.

Track 2 --Dowah Creek--is a meandering rough track that starts down the southern corner of the carpark--watch out for roots and rocks but once you get there you will find a small waterfall and pool it will take you approx 20mins each way--it is actually the eastern bank.

Track 3--Lake Morris track which takes approx 1 hour each way,this is for experiences walkers as it is very steep and rough.It starts behind the toilet block in the car park and leads to the Lake Morris-Copperlode Dam complex.The views are spectacular but you need to be super fit and take water with you.
For a little while the track is very narrow and with vines and tree roots--so you need to be very careful--and the roots can be very slippery so you need to wear strong boots or walking shoes.
Some trees have numbers nailed to the trunks--these are to identify them so please don't think they are markers for the track.
You will have a birds eye view of the coast and Yorkeys Knob after about a 30 min climb it is under a power pole.
The rain forest is dense and beautiful so please enjoy this wonderful place and remember to only leave your footprints. This is dangerous during the wet season so please take notice of warning signs and advice from the locals. No public transport to this area.

Phone: +61 7 4030 7900

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2014
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