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WA­TER­FALLS AND RAIN­FOR­EST In the Ather­ton Table­lands, west of Cairns, for­est-clad moun­tain ranges con­ceal wa­ter­falls that plunge into en­tic­ing fresh­wa­ter swim­ming holes. Most are ac­ces­si­ble year-round and pro­vide safe swim­ming holes de­void of salt­wa­ter croc­o­diles and marine stingers. The Wa­ter­fall Cir­cuit, near Mil­laa Mil­laa, has five wa­ter­falls close to each other. Less than one hour from the city, Be­hana Gorge is another, which is reached via a con­crete path that gen­tly as­cends through for­est. It’s well worth the walk as there’s a deep-wa­ter pool among tow­er­ing rock out­crops at the base of the wa­ter­fall. Closer to Cairns is

Air Ni­ug­ini flies from Port Moresby to Cairns 13 times a week. See airni­ug­ini.com.pg. Crys­tal Cas­cades, where you’ll find a se­ries of swim­ming holes, small wa­ter­falls and shady pic­nic ar­eas linked by paths. See mil­laamil­laa.com.

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