'Crystals' is a favourite haunt among locals, particularly in the middle of summer when stinging jellyfish make ocean swimming unsafe. A series of waterfalls and pools in upper Freshwater Creek is the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer's day and enjoy the picnic areas. Crystal Cascades is a short, scenic walk which follows a concrete path along the rainforest creek past a multitude of rapids, rockpools and waterfalls.
Take care when swimming here or jumping from rocks.
Dowah Creek is located at the southern end of the Crystal Cascades carpark. The trail begins as a rough track over boulders and vegetation. Located on the eastern side of Dowah Creek the trail is a short 15 minutes, ending peacefully at a small pool and waterfall. This is an ideal spot to relax and take in the tropical surroundings.
Although well known, Crystal Cascades is not serviced by public transport. Drive to Redlynch and follow the signs another 10 kilometres to Crystal Cascades. The total distance from Cairns CBD is about 20 kilometres.