These two hidden waterfalls are seldom visited by tourists to the Atherton Tablelands.
They are located not far from Tully Gorge, which has already amazed me with its diverse floral display.
And it wasn’t any different here. The green army seemed endless here.
Even though Pepina Falls are almost near the small carpark, most visitors don’t detour to these waterfalls.
Little human impact caused a wild exhibition on greens around Pepina Falls. The bottom pool is surrounded in untouched forest, grass and ferns. It was even a bit adventurous walking around the pool for a favourable photo.
What makes Pepina Falls a little different from other falls is the fact, that smaller boulders and rock ledges have withheld the forces of floodwaters. The water bounces from boulder to boulder to the next, which is more obvious on this slow shutter photo. A few dozen little cascades seem to appear, all within one waterfall.
The outflowing creek disappears in sub-tropical woodland and will eventually join the Tully River.
Glass clear waters flow over rock ledges, creating a whirlpool in the jungle. Wherever there is room, plants got a foothold to grow.
The hiking track to Souita Falls is well maintained and well incorporated with the surrounding forest. In fact, I felt like being in the land where they lost the famous ring. Precious is a good way to describe this fragile environment.
Some trees emerged like they were on foot once.
Jailed behind scrubs for centuries, watching the world go by. A big compliment goes to the Park Rangers who maintain this section of stunning tropical rainforest. Job well done.
Eventually the track descendants to thunderous waterfalls.
Wow, wow, wow. Not one or two but three waterfalls merge into one big waterfall. I couldn’t get to the very bottom of these falls which was a bit of a shame.
The upper two falls appear to be just one cascade on this 2D frame.
The forces of rushing waters polished these granite boulders smooth, giving shiny reflections from the sun.
The spray of plunging waters showers surrounding areas, nurturing ferns and grass. Wherever it can, life is trying to cling on to rocks.
There wasn’t much room for other plants to grow, it is a crowded and overcrowded jungle.
It is nice to see how nature evolves naturally.
Some plants took to the air and dangled over rushing waters.
Other plants realised this lifeline and hung on too.
Either way you looked around, there was another brilliant photo opportunity.
Following the creek with my lens.
With the sun or against the light for a different effect.
The same falls from a different angle.
Further upstream of this clear running creek, smaller cascades emerged.
Some are diverted by boulders, others were blocked by washed-up wood.
This gave options for ferns and moss to flourish over rushing water.
Walking uphill and upstream on my way back, I got a different perspective on this trail and its vibrant nature.
Particularly in ’dramatic tone settings’ on my camera, it felt like walking through fairyland.
I followed the creek further upstream towards the carpark. I was fascinated by this natural combination.
These are only a fraction of photos I had chosen for this blog post. The diversity of shapes and colours was mesmerising.
I highly recommend visiting these falls to all nature lovers that still appreciate serenity and inspiring nature.