Distance from Rollingstone Beach Front Resort: 12km via road to start of National Park
Paluma Range National Park, the southern gateway for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, is comprised of two sections. The northern section features Jourama Falls—a picturesque waterfall framed by rainforest. To the south, rainforest-cloaked Mount Spec rises nearly 1000m above the Big Crystal Creek floodplain. Both areas offer a range of recreational opportunities.
Experience the thrill of spotting the rare golden bowerbird, and take a step back in history at Paluma village. Enjoy a rainforest walk and marvel at the breathtaking views from McClellands Lookout.
Along the Paluma Range highway you’ll come across Little Crystal Creek and Big Crystal Creek, both ideal locations to stop for a picnic lunch, swim, bushwalk, or barbecue. Big Crystal Creek, features a large swimming hole and a large picnic area. Little Crystal Creek is well known for its historic stone arch bridge built in the 1930s and the cascading waterfalls which feed into one of the best freshwater swimming holes in the north.
The Traditional Owners of Paluma Range National Park are the Nywaigi Aboriginal people. The traditional name for the Paluma Range is Munan Gumburu, which means ‘misty mountain’, an apt description as morning mists are common.
Past the Paluma village the diversity of flora and fauna changes dramatically as you enter the dry open woodlands.
- Visit Little Crystal Creek and Big Crystal Creek
- Spot wildlife and tropical birds
- Walk through the World Heritage listed tropical rainforest
- Have a picnic or BBQ amongst the stunning fauna
- Car park
If you’re going on a walk/ hike please take plenty of water with you, a compass and remember phone signals will be limited. Let someone know you’re going.