Hartleys Creek Falls Track
Starting from the side road off Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti, this return walk takes you to the Hartleys Creek Falls via a wide dirt track, involving a little bit of rock hopping to the waterfall after the said track ends. This lovely waterfall is the perfect place to cool off after a decent afternoon hike. Sitting beautifully amidst the world-heritage-listed wet tropics rainforest, it cascades down a steep rock face into a basin. Jump in and let your feet rest as you enjoy the tranquil scenery around you. Also, pack some food so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to have a peaceful picnic by the waterfall. There may be prawns around but don’t worry, they don’t bite. In fact, they may even clean you up by trying to feed off your dead skin. You can stop by at Flat Rock to have a picnic or swim as well, if the pool at the base of the waterfall seemed deep and scary to you. Remember to look up every once in a while to catch glimpses of the Coral Sea along the way. Consider the heat and the humidity whilst scheduling the journey. There may be small rocks and tree roots on the track so wearing a good pair of hiking shoes/boots may come in handy. Just to let you know, although it’s close to the famous Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, there haven't been any sightings of crocodiles here. 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.