Barron Falls

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Barron Falls
Bibhoora
Barron falls january2005.JPG
Barron Falls in the wet season.
Barron Falls is located in Queensland
Barron Falls
Location Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 16°50′19″S 145°38′45″E / 16.83861°S 145.64583°E / -16.83861; 145.64583Coordinates: 16°50′19″S 145°38′45″E / 16.83861°S 145.64583°E / -16.83861; 145.64583[1][2]
Type Steep Tiered Cascade
Total height 125 metres (410 ft)[3]
Number of drops 4
Longest drop 107 metres (351 ft)[3]
Total width 259 metres (850 ft)[3]
Watercourse Barron River
Average
flow rate
30 centimetres per second (12 in/s)[3]

The Barron Falls (Aboriginal: Bibhoora) is a steep tiered cascade waterfall on the Barron River located where the river descends from the Atherton Tablelands to the Cairns coastal plain, in Queensland, Australia.

Location and features[edit]

Barron Falls in dry season.

Protected within the Barron Gorge National Park, the volume of water seen in the upper photo only occurs after substantial rainfall during the wet season. For much of the rest of the year, little more than a trickle is evident, due in part to the presence of a weir behind the head of the falls that supplies the Barron Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station located downstream in the gorge.

The Barron Falls may be viewed and accessed by road via the Kennedy Highway that crosses the Barron River upstream of the falls, near Kuranda. The narrow-gauge Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail aerial tram also leads from the coastal plain to the tablelands. The train stops at Barron Falls overlook, where passengers may disembark for several minutes. The Skyrail stops at two rainforest mid-stations, Red Peak and Barron Falls. The trail at Barron Falls Skyrail station leads through the rainforest to three separate lookouts providing views of the Gorge and Falls.[4]

Etymology[edit]

The falls were named for Thomas Henry Bowman Barron, the Chief Clerk of Police in Brisbane in the 1860s.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barron Falls (QLD)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ "Barron Falls (QLD)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Barron Falls". World Waterfall Database. 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Barron Falls Station". Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Barron Falls at Wikimedia Commons

  • "Barron Falls". World of Waterfalls. Johnny T. Cheng. 21 May 2008.