Crystal Cascades

45 min to 1 h 15 min

2.3 km

↑ 136 m
↓ -136 m

Easy track
Starting from the Crystal Cascades car park at the end of Redlynch Intake Road, this walk takes you to the Crystal Cascades and back via a wide concrete track, exploring the dense rainforest along the way. You’ll pass by multiple little rock pools and cascades until you come to the taller waterfall at the end. With its close proximity to Cairns and ease of access, this is the regular swim destination for many. The area tends to be very busy on the weekends, so come early or on a weekday to avoid the crowd. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-16.9620322,145.6796013)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Mulgrave Road, A1
  • Turn on to McCoombe Street, 91 then drive for 2.4 km
  • Keep left onto Pease Street, 91 and drive for another 5.8 km
  • Turn left onto Redlynch Connection Road and drive for another 1.2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Redlynch Intake Road and drive for another 7.9 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 170 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Crystal Cascades car park at the end of Redlynch Intake Road, head towards the picnic area along the dirt track as you pass by informative signposts to your left, moving directly away from the road. At the T intersection 165 metres in, keep moving in the same direction to continue along Crystal Cascades Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Redlynch Intake Road.
There is a toilet (about 60 m back from the start).
Find the gate at the start.
Find the Crystal Cascades at the start.
After another 115 m pass a seat (on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 45 m pass the shelter (on your left).
Then pass a seat (on your right).
After another 190 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 15 m pass the waterfall (30 m on your left).
After another 80 m pass a seat (10 m on your right).
After another 275 m pass the waterfall (15 m on your left).
After another 100 m pass the waterfall (15 m on your right).
After another 235 m turn right.
Then cross the bridge
A viewpoint.
About 145 m past the end is "Crystal Cascades".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.1 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Crystal Cascades

Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 2.3 km
Time 45 min to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 215 m from the start.

Toilet: There is one -62 m back from the start.

Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 460 m apart with the largest gap of 1.8 km.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
-62 m[toilet]
175 m[seat]
215 m[shelter]
215 m[seat]
410 m[seat]
530 m[seat]
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