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Paluma Range is a national park located between Ingham and Townsville, in north Queensland, Australia. The park is 1188 km north of Brisbane. The park contains the Jourama Falls, Crystal Creek and Lake Paluma.

The Traditional Owners of Paluma Range National Park are the Nywaigi Aboriginal people. They welcome you to their country and ask that you respect and enjoy this place. The traditional name for the Paluma Range is Munan Gumburu, which means ‘misty mountain’, an apt description as morning mists are common.

Location

Access to the Jourama Falls section is 91 km north of Townsville or 24 km south of Ingham. Access to the Mount Spec section is 61 km north of Townsville or 40 km south of Ingham.

What’s special

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 1000 m above the Big Crystal Creek floodplain. Both areas offer a range of recreational opportunities.


Camping in Mount Spec, Paluma Range National Park

A camping area is located at Big Crystal Creek. Remote bush camping is available for experienced bushwalkers.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Big Crystal Creek camping area

Big Crystal Creek camping area, Paluma Range National Park. Photo: Queensland Government.

Camping area features: located beside Big Crystal Creek, this camping area is a popular swimming and picnic spot and a good place for birdwatching.

Location: 4km from the park entrance along the unsealed Spiegelhauer Road.

Map: Big Crystal Creek camping area map (PDF, 224K)

Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicles. It is accessible to trailers and small caravans. Large caravans and buses are not recommended because it is a relatively small area with a narrow access road through the camping area.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, walk-in camping, small caravans, camper trailers and small motorhomes.

Camp site surface: sand, dirt or grass.

Facilities: water (treat all water before drinking), flushing toilets, cold showers, picnic tables and gas barbecues.

Open fires: allowed in fire rings only (except when fire bans apply).

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: rubbish bags and insect repellent. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: book onlineover-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone. Advance bookings are advisable, especially during school holidays, when the camping area is extremely popular.

Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Remote bush camping north of Paluma

Features: remote hiking and camping. Only experienced and well-equipped bushwalkers should undertake extended overnight hikes.

Location: Mount Spec area north of Paluma to Jourama Falls

Access: hike-in access only (with no defined walking tracks).

Number of sites: no defined camping areas. Camp sites must be at least 1km from any other camping groups. A maximum of six remote campers are permitted in any one group.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping only.

Facilities: none. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove, GPS and/or GPS-equipped Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or similar, and a small trowel for burying faecal waste.  Bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15cm deep and 100m from camp sites, tracks and watercourses to guard against pollution and the spread of disease. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: Book onlineover-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Remote bush camping south of Paluma

Features: remote hiking and camping. Only experienced and well-equipped bushwalkers should undertake extended overnight hikes.

Location: Mount Halifax area, south east of Paluma

Access: hike-in access only (with no defined walking tracks).

Number of sites: no defined camping areas. Camp sites must be at least 1km from any other camping groups. A maximum of six remote campers are permitted in any one group.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping only.

Facilities: none. Must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.

Open fires: prohibited. Use fuel stoves only.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: drinking water, extra food, first-aid kit, topographic map, compass, torch, warm clothing, wet weather gear, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove, GPS and/or GPS equipped Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or similar, and a small trowel for burying faecal waste. Bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15cm deep and 100m from camp sites, tracks and watercourses to guard against pollution and the spread of disease. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: Book onlineover-the-counter, at a self-service kiosk or by phone.

Mobile phone coverage: poor.