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Paluma and Crystal Creek Rainforest

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Lovely place to picnic and swim

Have frequently stopped here when going up and down the Paluma Range road. Very historic bridge. A... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2018
Ernest D
Paluma - a Walk in the Clouds

My husband and I have recently taken up hiking through the trails around our area of Northern... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2018
Townsville, Australia
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Mount Spec Road, Paluma, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 19 November 2018

Have frequently stopped here when going up and down the Paluma Range road. Very historic bridge. A real credit to the early stone masons that the bridge is still in use today. In response to those who have to drive the road in a more...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ernest D
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

The road is windy & narrow with many sections too small for 2 vehicles but there’s no warning signs (some places had warning signs & guard rails). There’s many large vehicles that take up more than their share of the road & they don’t slow...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kotahi K
Reviewed 8 October 2018

It sucks because we were sold a permit for a busy long weekend only to get there and the place was chockers. I'd say most didn't have a permit. But apparently the rangers sell 80 max, the place is tiny! Most people have large spreads...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank UKCathy
Reviewed 4 July 2018

My husband and I have recently taken up hiking through the trails around our area of Northern Queensland. We've been to a few places, but decided to try Paluma, as we haven't been here since 2007 or rather to Crystal Creek since then. After consulting...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank misatok579
Reviewed 12 May 2018

It was worth to stopby, we had an early road trip and this was the first place we drove into, when we got there nobody else around, so it was very quiet and peaceful. Swimming is allow in the area especially in the waterfalls

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ShavyB
Reviewed 13 February 2018

If you're travelling to FNQ chances are that you're heading to Cairns, and you would be right to do so as it is the jewel in the crown in this part of the world. However if you're driving it is definitely worth stopping at mount...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Fiona G
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

This place is beyond what I expected. Absolutely amazing swimming holes set in the prettiest nature settings, we camped and it was great. 100% must see will defiantly be back here soon

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank AllyHancock
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Delightful adventure! Big crystal creek was heavenly too. Rainforest delight. Go slow up the mountain road, views are stunning!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank happytravels64137
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Explore the rainforest, bush walk in the stunning green wilderness, take a dip in many of the waterholes and springs along the way, picnic on the rocks by a waterfall! We had a fabulous day out of town and enjoyed every single minute of it....More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank SoCity63
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

The local people were very helpful in directing us to good birding spots. The community hall is open Tuesdays and a good spot to connect with the locals. Top birding location.

Date of experience: July 2017
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27 August 2018|
Response from misatok579 | Reviewed this property |
It really depends on how fast you drive. I think it took us 30-45 minutes to make the drive up, but we took our time and didn’t speed.
17 June 2018|
Response from 791charmaineh |
Im not going to take the van to Paluma. Only to the big crystal creek campgrounds and then camp there and do a day trip to paluma..???