Crystal Cascades is a secluded freshwater swimming hole hidden in a tropical rainforest. Several waterfalls flow into large pools surrounded by impressive granite boulders. This is certainly what can be described as paradise.
Rainforest trees hang over the mountain water, keeping it cool and relaxing. It’s just 14 km from Cairns so it’s the perfect day trip. Head out first thing in the morning with your campervan and find a parking spot at the park. You should check availability first.
Once parked, it’s about a 30-minute hike to the swimming hole. Crystal Cascades is linked to Lake Morris by a steep rainforest walking trail (allow three hours return); it starts near the picnic area.
After a day of hiking and swimming, head back to your campervan for a sunset drink and meal.