A man has been airlifted from a popular waterfall in Far North Queensland after injuring himself while abseiling.

Paramedics were called to Windin Falls at Topaz in the Wooroonooran National Park just before midnight last night.

Initially, they weren’t able to retrieve the man because of the vertical cliff face and lack of light, and instead provided supplies.

The Rescue 510 helicopter arrived on the scene at first light and winched him to safety.


A spokesman for the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) told Tropic Now the man didn’t require hospital treatment.

“The helicopter returned him to Cairns, his injuries weren’t bad enough to be taken to hospital and I guess he’s now recuperating at home,” the spokesman said.

It’s understood the man hurt his ankle.

A second person, who raised the alarm, didn’t need rescuing and was not injured.

Neither the QAS nor the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service knew the age of the patient, or the age or gender of the second abseiler.

The incident comes just two months after a 58-year-old woman slipped and fell to her death at the site.

Meantime, a 22-year-old Westcourt woman has been taken to hospital with minor injuries after the electric scooter she was riding collided with a car.

The crash happened in Bunda Street in the Cairns CBD just after 9pm last night.

It's believed the woman was riding in the opposite direction of traffic.

The 17-year-old driver of the Holden sedan was not injured.

Police say their investigations are ongoing and are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them.


Main points

  • A male abseiler has this morning been winched from Windin Falls in the Wooroonooran National Park
  • Emergency Services were called to the scene at 11.30pm last night
  • A second abseiler didn't require rescuing