Wallaman Falls - Girringun National Park

Stony Creek tumbles 70m off the Seaview Range before plunging 268m in a clear, single fall to the pool below. This is Wallaman Falls, the highest, permanent, single-drop waterfall in Australia.

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The beginnings of Wallaman Falls are anything but humble. Several major geological events created the landscape that you see today. About 50 million years ago, movement of the Earth's crust formed the edge of the continent that lies against the Corel Sea and the present day landforms began to form. An earlier Herbert River flowed towards the west. It is not known when it reached its present east flowing course.
Continuous erosion caused the Herbert River Falls to retreat by around 40cm every 100 years. As the gorge became longer, it passed tributaries like Stony Creek, which were then suspended. This created waterfalls, like Wallaman, which in turn eroded their own gorges.

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The Wallaman Falls Section of Girringun National Park forms part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. It boasts spectacular scenery and an array of plant and animal life.
Around the falls you can discover some of the region's diverse landscapes as open forest transforms into rainforest. The creeks and rivers are home to platypus, eastern water dragons and saw-shelled turtles.

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Source: onsite information board