Paluma Range National Park

Paluma Range National Park, Peter Lik / Courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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Introduction

Lying within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Paluma Range National Park offers mountain-top views and picturesque waterfalls. The Mount Spec section encompasses the summit and escarpment of the Paluma Range, while the Jourama Falls section, in the foothills of the Seaview Range, features cascades, rapids and the impressive Jourama Falls on Waterview Creek. Both sections offer picnic areas, lookouts, bushwalks and campsites.

The summit of Mount Spec, rising 1000 metres above the Big Crystal Creek flood plain, receives three times the average rainfall of the surrounding landscape and is often cloaked in mist or low cloud. Vegetation changes from open eucalypt forests on the lower areas to dense rainforest on the higher slopes. The transition between these two forest types can be seen halfway up the range at Little Crystal Creek, where hoop pines line the creek. At the summit of Mount Spec is McClelland’s Lookout with magnificent views out to Halifax Bay and the Palm Islands. From here, you can walk to Witt’s Lookout (3 km return, 1½–2 hours) then on to Cloudy Creek (4 km return, 2½ hours).

In the Jourama Falls section, Jourama Falls Lookout walk (3 km return, 1 hour) leads through dry open forest of poplar gum, bloodwood and Moreton Bay ash. Rainforest grows on the higher slopes and lines the banks of Waterview Creek. Wildlife-watchers may spot the azure kingfisher, satin flycatcher and northern fantail during the day or the southern boobook, large-tailed nightjar and tawny frogmouth by torchlight at night. Other nocturnal residents include sugar gliders and endangered mahogany gliders.

Fact file

Camping

One camping area per section; permit and fees apply; bookings essential

Location and access

79 km north of Townsville, 58 km south of Ingham (Mt Spec); 92 km north of Townsville or 30 km south of Ingham (Jourama Falls); via Bruce Hwy

Park information

NPRSR 13 7468

Size

17 310 ha

Visitor information

Ingham (07) 4776 4792

Campsites

Big Crystal Creek camping area

This popular swimming and picnic area is off the Old Bruce Hwy; the 4 km road to the campground is partially unsealed. Bring a gas/fuel stove and drinking water, or treat the creek water before drinking. The summit of Mt... Find out more


Jourama Falls camping area

This campground, beside Waterview Creek, is about 300 m from the entrance to the national park. Nearby Jourama Falls Lookout Walk (3 km return, 1 hr) leads through dry open forest of poplar gum, bloodwood and Moreton Bay... Find out more


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