Barron Falls During Waterfall Season


When is the best time to see Barron Falls flowing?


An ancient rainforest experience with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will immerse you deep in nature and get you up close to the Barron Falls. A must-see waterfall on your Tropical North Queensland bucket list!

Spectacular and impressive year-round but a sight to behold in the summer and autumn months, as the mesmerising waters thunder over the granite rockface and create a mighty roar you need to hear to believe!

Exploring Australia’s World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforest in waterfall season really is magical! It is a perfect summer rainy-day experience! As you glide just metres above the rainforest canopy through cloud formations hugging the mountain ranges and mist rising from the rainforest below, you can’t help but appreciate this majestic landscape millions of years in the making.

People viewing the flowing Barron Falls at the lookout at Skyrail Barron Falls Station.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableways lookout

Where are the Barron Falls?

Barron Falls is situated within the Barron Gorge National Park, in the Wet Tropics World Heritage area, and is one of Cairns’ and Tropical North Queensland’s most iconic landmarks.

It began forming over 400 million years ago under the sea during the time of Gondwana. Earth movements, over millions of years uplifted and shifted the volcanic rocks, then through the impressive power of water over time it created the impressive falls that we see today. The Barron River flows through national park rainforest from Mount Hypipamee, winding through the mountains and gorges for over 60 kilometres before reaching the deep rugged falls.

Impressive rainbow formations in a shroud of mist as the Barron Falls flows into the deep gorge.

Impressive rainbow formations in a shroud of mist as the falls flows into the deep gorge

How high are the Barron Falls?

The Barron Falls are a giant 260 metre granite-faced steep cascading waterfall consisting of four drops. The highest drop is 125 metres and is viewable from Skyrail’s The Edge Lookout. This is one of the most stunning instragrammable places throughout the ancient rainforest and in the summer months you can enjoy a shroud of mist and be mesmerised as rainbows form in the gorge below.

A girl viewing the Barron Falls in flood at Skyrail's The Edge lookout.

PhlipVids at The Edge Lookout.

Where can you see the Barron Falls?

The Falls can be viewed from Skyrail’s two lookouts at Barron Falls Station during your Skyrail experience.

The Edge Lookout – an environmentally sustainable construction providing Skyrail guests with never-before seen panoramic views of the impressive falls and gorge. The Edge Lookout was constructed on a previously cleared base site for a hydroelectric development in the 1930s.

Stroll a large boardwalk leading through the tropical rainforest and onto an impressive cantilever structure with a nerve-testing glass floor section, sweeping views of the rocky vista and up-close views of the dramatic waterfall.

You can even take a sneak peak to see what’s happening in the ancient rainforest right now from our live streams!

Impressive rainbow formations in a shroud of mist as the waterfall flows into the deep gorge.

Views of the lower falls from the Edge Lookout

Traditional culture of the Barron Falls

The falls were named after Thomas Henry Barron, Chief Clerk of police in Brisbane in the 1960’s, and by 1980 they were a very popular tourist attraction in Queensland.

Known locally and traditionally as Din Din. The mighty Barron Falls is part of the traditional lands of the Djabugandji rainforest people who maintain a close spiritual connection with this land, Djirri Nyundu Nyrrumba, which includes the Barron Gorge National Park.

It was the first national park in Queensland to have native title determination and was given back to the Djabugandji rainforest people in 2004.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over the Wet Tropics rainforest with the Barron Falls in view and mist rising.

So, if rugged peaks, steep gorges, thundering waterfalls, lush rainforest and varied wildlife sounds like your jam…what are you waiting for? Come and explore #TheAncientRainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and delve deep into the ancient history and rich biodiversity of our little green rainforest pocket in Cairns, Queensland.

We look forward to welcoming you to the ancient rainforest and showcasing the best of Tropical North Queensland during waterfall season, come and chase waterfalls with us!

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