Located south of Cairns, near Gordonvale, the beautiful Behana Gorge is well worth the journey
Get here by putting ‘Behana Gorge Road’ into your Google Maps. This will take you down past Walsh’s Pyramid. Once on this road, follow it right until the end where you see a carpark.
This marks the start of the walk. From here it takes about 45 minutes to get to the waterfall at the end. This walk is not a pleasant stroll but not an excessive hike either. This sealed concrete path takes you up and down over hills, the worst of them being right at the end. It’s a popular spot for those wanting a cardio workout.
The waterfall at the end is very large and very impressive. When it has been raining a lot, this area can be far too rough to swim so keep that in mind if planning to visit in the rainy season. The water is very, very cold but is perfect after you’re hot and sweaty after your walk in!
These photos were taken over two different times to Behana. The first time I went by myself but there were too many people at the big waterfall (my fault for going at 2pm on a public holiday) to get the photos I wanted, I headed back and ran into my friends Abbey and Liv. We found a smaller spot along the way and I ended up getting out my drone. I almost didn’t bring it with me but I’m really glad I did. I had no intentions of getting into the cold water until I saw what it looked like from above and jumped in straight away haha.
The second time I went back with a few friends, the water was freezing but exactly the cooling off we needed. Remember to take mosquito repellent and strong ones – I was absolutely destroyed by March Flies this time around.
I absolutely love an adventure to Behana Gorge. The walk in makes you feel very deserving of the cool water when you arrive and the walk back is predominately downhill 🙂
When you leave Behana Gorge carpark and head back to Cairns you will be greeted with an impressive view of Walsh’s Pyramid. Be sure to pull over for the photo op. It’s especially beautiful at sunset golden hour 🙂