Malanda Falls

Cairns & Far North Queensland

Spread your towel at the shady, croc-free Malanda Falls, which have been tamed into a kind of public swimming pool. The falls don't fall as dramatically as others nearby, but it's a safe and easily accessible spot for swimming.

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