Magnetic Island Waterfalls

Magnetic Island Waterfalls
Cover photo by Matt Whitton

Enjoying a refreshing waterfall on Magnetic Island is the perfect daytime adventure during the wet season. In the heavy rains, new waterfalls spring up everywhere around the island. Magnetic Island has many creeks and gullies...

There are several other waterfalls on the island but some are on private property, which we cannot disclose here.

1. Huntingfield Bay - Five Beach Bay

Huntingfield Falls, Magnetic Island
Huntingfield Falls

You'll need to hop on a boat or kayak to see these remote waterfalls, but the adventure is well worth it! Otherwise, it's a long hike for the experienced bushwalker.

2. Endeavour Falls - Arcadia

The most popular and considered Maggie's most accessible waterfall is Endeavour Falls in Arcadia (Petersen Creek). Endeavour Falls is next to Endeavour Road, Arcadia. Walk around the gate and follow the road up the hill. You should hear water flowing off to the left.

Endeavour Falls Magnetic Island by Kobie Rhodes 1
Upper Endeavour Falls; Photo credit: Right: Kobie Rhodes

There is an unmarked bush track that leads down to the creek and its lower falls. It's only about 50 metres off the sealed road, but it's pretty steep getting down. Rockpools and the refreshing flow of sparkling, cool water are popular places for families and friends.

In addition to the track to lower Endeavour Falls, there is a separate track leading to the upper falls. There are a few tracks off Endeavour Road that take you to other parts of the creek line.

Endeavour Falls, Magnetic Island
Endeavour Falls in 2013; photo by Magnetic Times

In mid-2013, a rockfall deposited a large boulder in the centre
of Upper Endeavour Falls rock pool.

3. Cockle Bay - West Point

Cockle Falls, Magnetic Island
Cockle Falls

Cockle Falls, also known as Dog Shed Waterhole, it's a great place to have a picnic and relax. There are never many people, and sometimes you can see koalas sleeping in the trees. This tiny rock pool and waterfall at Cockle Creek can be reached by following a dirt road that can be found close to an old shed (-19.168878, 146.826553) on West Point Road after the Cockle Bay Road entrance.

4. Gustav Creek - Nelly Bay

Gustav Falls, Magnetic Island
Gustav Falls

Gustav Creek in Nelly Bay has always been a favourite for local kids. It's accessible from the track at the end of Mandalay Avenue.

5. Duck Creek - West Point

A popular route up Mount Cook, This creek provides some tiny drops and pools to play in after heavy rain.

6. Ned Lee Creek - West Point

Some small pools and drops in Ned Lee Creek.

Other Waterfalls

Arthur Bay Falls
Arthur Falls after 350mm rain Jan 2013 as ex-TC Oswald passed west of the island; PC: Andy Lewis

Basically, all the creeks on Magnetic Island flow after a good downpour and produce small waterholes, cascades, and tiny waterfalls. So get out and explore Magnetic Island National Park!

  • Arthur Bay Waterfall, Magnetic Island just after a lot of rain.
  • Endeavour Creek is full of waterfalls and a few waterholes but requires off-track hiking which is best as a trip via Mt Cook.


Do not trespass! Please respect their privacy and property boundaries.
Note that Horseshoe Bay Nature Refuge is private property and should not be entered to get to the Endeavour Creek waterhole.


To retain a pristine environment for others to enjoy, please take any rubbish once you leave. Please go to the toilet before heading out to these places. Leave no trace; take only photos, and leave only footprints.

Have fun, but please be aware that after heavy rain, these watercourses could be quite dangerous and can swell quickly due to their catchment area. Check QPWS for any park alerts before setting off on your adventures.

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