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My trip to Hartley Creek Falls ...... MAGIC!

This time of year, instead of heading to the beach - where you risk a nasty run in with a stinger, try exploring some of the stunning, natural waterholes we have in abundance in Far North Queensland.

Over the weekend, I found a new one! Can't believe I have never even heard of Hartley Creek Falls.

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This 7.5km (return) track is mostly shaded all the way, well maintained, and a fairly easy climb that our bunch of kids (aged from 8 years old) did with no complaints.

If you prefer to ride, the track is definitely wide enough for mountain bikers.

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Halfway to the falls, there's a great place to enjoy a quick dip at Flat Rock where the kids loved the natural rock slides.

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Just before you get to Hartley Creek Falls there's also some great rock pools to submerge yourself in.

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But the best is yet to come.
Hartley Creek Falls is a magical waterfall where the adventurous can fling themselves from the top into the deep water below.

There's also a cool rope swing and plenty of big, flat rocks to set up your picnic.

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Allow yourself 45 minutes each way (that's at an easy pace) and bring insect repellent and good shoes as there's a bit of loose rock hills to navigate.

Unfortunately, being in a national park you will have to leave the canine's at home.
I rate this walk a big 10 out of 10.
Accessible and do-able for the entire family.

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