Skip to Content
Stoney Creek Falls Cairns – Waterfall and Swimming Hole

Stoney Creek Falls Cairns – Waterfall and Swimming Hole

Stoney Creek Falls Cairns is a popular waterfall walking track and swimming hole that is easily accessible from the Cairns CBD. Visitors will have the option of a short scenic walk to Old Weir Falls or a refreshing dip in the swimming hole near the car park.

Looking for a quick, refreshing freshwater swimming hole to beat the Cairns heat? I’ve got you covered. Stoney Creek Falls Cairns is one of the closest swimming spots in Cairns, and one of the easiest to reach.

Whether you’re up for a quick dip or a short hike to Old Weir Falls, Stoney Creek is an excellent nature destination to visit near Cairns.

Where is Stoney Creek Falls Cairns?

Stoney Creek is reached via a short, 20-minute drive from Cairns CBD down the Western Arterial Road. You'll need to turn onto Stoney Creek Road (Kamerunga) which leads through the rainforest to the car park.

From here, the track is clearly visible on the right, and immediately leads onto a concrete footbridge, where it's possible to fork off to the nearby swimming hole, or continue to Old Weir Falls on the Stoney Creek walking track.

Map location of Stoney Creek in Cairns

Did you know that the Stoney Creek car park is the starting point for the Glacier Rock lookout track and is only a 15-minute drive from Fairy Falls and the Crystal Cascades?


Stoney Creek Waterfall and Swimming Hole

Everyone knows that Cairns can get hot! As a result, it's not hard to see why Stoney Creek has become such a local favourite.


Stoney Creek Swimming Hole

The great thing about Stoney Creek Falls Cairns is that there is a deep, swimming hole just minutes from the car park.

To get here, cross the concrete footbridge and take the left track at the fork immidately after. Alternatively, you can also cross underneath the bridge and follow the shallow creek for about 3 minutes to the waterhole.


The swimming hole is wide and roughly 2 metres deep in the deepest section.

Although this is a great spot to swim and cool off, it can get very busy in summer, especially on weekends. Consider visiting early or on weekdays to avoid the crowds.


The Stoney Creek Walking Track to Old Weir Falls

If the swimming hole is crowded, or you'd prefer a short hike to a larger, more secluded waterfall, then take the walking track to Old Weir Falls. This is accessed by taking the straight track from the footbridge fork leading up a wide, dirt track.


This track is the Stoney Creek Walking track, which after about 20 minutes reaches Old Weir Falls. This track follows the creek up the side of a rounded hill and finishes just above the waterfall.

There is a large fallen tree that rests just above the waterfall, framing it nicely. Old Weir waterfall itself cascades roughly 8 metres down a rocky face onto a sand-lined shore.

Old Weir Falls

Although the water isn't as deep here, it's still a great place to cool down and enjoy the serenity. There is also a deeper swimming hole just above Old Weir, and a few more spots scattered along the track.


Cairns Accommodation Guide – Where to Stay

Visiting Cairns? The best places to stay are near the Cairns Esplanade or on the sunny Northern Beaches. Below are the top 4 options for varying budgets.

  • Crystalbrook Riley - If luxury and location are what you're after, you can't beat the Crystalbrook Riley. This is the best 5-star resort in Cairns and features absolutely everything you'd expect from a Crystalbrook resort.
  • Fitzroy Island Resort - Sleep out on one of the picturesque Great Barrier Reef Islands at Fitzroy Island Resort. Spending the night on the island can work out cheaper than staying in town and means you get more time to explore the reef, coral beaches and rainforest walking trails.
  • Gilligan's Backpackers - The best backpacker option for a great vibe in Cairns. Great place to meet like-minded travelers and has facilities including a pool. air-con, a huge shared kitchen, and a great common area!
  • Pepper's Beach Club - stay at the best beach resort in the heart of Palm Cove on the Cairns Northern Beaches!

For a bigger list, don't miss my Cairns accommodation guide or as an alternative stay in FNQ, read my Port Douglas Accommodation guide too.

Girl sunbathing at Crystalbrook Riley resort in Cairns
Backpacker hostel in Cairns, Australia

More Cairns Waterfall Guides

I hope that this quick guide to visiting Stoney Creek Falls Cairns (Old Weir Falls) has been useful for planning your Cairns adventures.

For more free waterfall guides in Cairns, make sure to check out some from the list below. I recommend reading this Cairns Waterfall Guide or this Cairns hiking guide to help you find more waterfalls and natural trails near Cairns.