Paluma Range National Park, the southern gateway for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. , is a picturesque rainforest framed by waterfalls and rises 1,000m above the Big Crystal Creek floodplain to the quaint Paluma village. The Mt Spec area of the national park offers a range of recreational opportunities including walks and bird watching.
Access to the Mount Spec section is 61 km north of Townsville or 40 km south of Ingham.
The Paluma region offers a number of amazing walking tracks through the spectacular Wet Tropics Rainforest with breathtaking views.
Little Crystal Creek
The crystal clear waters of this freshwater creek are ideal for a refreshing swim. The mountain water cascades under a picturesque stone arch bridge built in the 1930s depression.
Birds of Paluma
The Paluma region is a bird watcher’s paradise. Some of the region’s most rare and endangered species can be found here. The township of Paluma is home to a wide array of impressive native rainforest bird species while further past Paluma there are opportunities to view dry tropical forest birds.
Nature, Culture and History
Paluma Range and the township of Paluma are named after a Queensland colonial government survey ship that worked along the North Queensland coast in the 1880s and 1890s—the HMS Paluma.