Tropical Coast national parks

Crystal Creek Bruce Highway Barrett Rd Paluma Dam Mount Spec Jourama Falls Lake Paluma Rd Paluma Range NP Paluma SF Mutarnee Paluma 2 1 1 2 3 6 4 5 S p i e g e l h a u e r R d Mount Spec Rd 4km Scale 0 The Rockslides (left); Jourama Falls track (right) Photos: Fiona O’Grady © Qld Govt Don’t miss rainforest-cloaked Mount Spec’s crystal-clear cascades, stunning coastal views and the historic township of Paluma—‘village in the clouds’. Nearby Jourama Falls, with its picturesque waterfall framed by tropical woodland, is a low-key camping getaway. This birdwatchers’ paradise is the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Things to do Mountain biking Pedal your way through cool rainforest to Paluma Dam via the unsealed Lake Paluma Road. Wildlife spotting Birdwatching is very rewarding—search for the elusive golden bowerbird in the Paluma rainforest. Spotlight for endangered mahogany gliders at night around Jourama Falls camping area. Paluma Range National Park Must dos • Reinvigorate in the cool mountain air as you explore historic rainforest tracks. • Frolic in the cool water of Little Crystal Creek near the historic stone-pitched bridge. Getting there 64km north of Townsville, turn off the Bruce Highway onto Mt Spec Road and follow the signs to Little Crystal Creek, Paluma (about 45min from the highway along a narrow winding range road) and Big Crystal Creek (Paradise Waterhole). Turn off the Bruce Highway 23km south of Ingham onto Jourama Road and follow the signs for 5km to Jourama Falls day-use and camping areas. Escape the heat of the coast and feel the temperature drop as you step into the cool rainforests of the Paluma Range. Places to go Take a drive to picturesque Little Crystal Creek in Mount Spec 1 and admire the historic stone-pitched bridge or dip your toes in the cool, crystal-clear water at Paradise Waterhole 2 or the Rockslides 3 . For a short stroll or a longer ramble through rich rainforest, head to the Paluma township. Enjoy amazing coastal views from Witts 4 and McClelland lookouts 5 or experience a water rush at Birthday Creek Falls 6 . After a pleasant hike through open woodland to a lookout, enjoy scenic views of the falls at Jourama. Never jump or dive into creeks in this park. Serious injuries and deaths have happened here. Places to camp Camp at Big Crystal Creek 1 or Jourama Falls 2 camping areas in shady woodland close to creekswith toilets and gas barbecues. Safety Stay on marked walking tracks. It’s easy to lose your way in the Paluma rainforest, which contains dangerous abandoned mining shafts, relics from tin mining days gone by. Photo: © John Augusteyn Little Crystal Creek 12