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Paluma and Crystal Creek Rainforest

Townsville City, Townsville Area

Embrace the natural beauty of the Paluma Range National Park, the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Here you can escape the coastal lowland heat and relax in the cool mountain air of the Paluma Range. 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, barbecue or pitch a tent and spend the night in the designated camping areas (permit required). 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.

Past the Paluma village the diversity of flora and fauna changes dramatically as you enter the dry open woodlands. The small township of Hidden Valley is home to Hidden Valley Cabins, an eco-retreat offering home cooked meals and daily platypus tours.

Open Times

Note: National Park, accessible 24 hours. Camping requires permit.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
Paluma Range Road
Off Bruce Highway
Townsville City, Townsville Area
Queensland
Australia

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Hidden Valley Cabins

Hidden Valley, Rockhampton Area
From AU$89.00 - 229.00
Hidden Valley Cabins is an award winning eco resort. Located one and half hours north west of Townsville, on the western slope of the Paluma range in Queensland, Australia. Due to the resort's elevation the climate is cooler and less humid than areas close to the coast. It is the perfect temperature all year round. Hidden Valley Cabins is run on 100 per cent on Solar Power. They are in the perfect location, whether you wish to self-drive or hop on board one of their three-night / four-day personalised tours, leaving Townsville on Tuesdays, you will love the location and the Australian bush experience. Hidden Valley Cabins also runs daily tours for guests from the resort. For just a little extra you can choose from their Platypus Safari or Night Safari. The tours add to the Australian bush experience and cover the unique animals, ecosystems and landscape within the Hidden Valley area. Hidden Valley Cabins is a family run business. They pride themselves on personalised service, quality home cooked meals and unique tours. Ian and Bonnie McLennan have owned Hidden Valley Cabins since 1986, come and join the family, have dinner with the owners, hear their stories.

Palm Tree Caravan Park

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$25.00 - 95.00
Clean budget accommodation. Self-contained units/cabins available for overnight or longer term weekly stays. Units are self-contained with kitchen/cooking facilities, fridge, crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, etc provided, split-system air conditioning, ceiling fans, flatscreen television/DVD, all linen provided. Sorry no pets in units. Spacious shady drive-through caravan and camping sites, powered or unpowered. Clean amenities, hot showers, modern well equipped camp kitchen with free barbecues and television, coin laundry, free WIFI for short term guests, dump point, large saltwater pool, kiosk selling ice, cold drinks, ice-creams, basic groceries. Most pets welcome in sites.

Noorla Heritage Resort

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
From AU$22.00 - 179.00
The Noorla Heritage Resort is a grand award winning Italian art deco villa built on two acres in 1926. Situated between Townsville and Cairns, this multi Australian Tourism Awards winner has been beautifully restored and features extensive gardens, wide verandahs, restaurant, 18 heritage bedrooms, heritage cottage, camping, antiques throughout, tropical breakfasts, three function/conference/training rooms and business facilities, children's play area, swimming pool and internet cafe. It is the perfect location for conferences and training events as well as health and personal development retreats with their on site psychologist and health staff. The Noorla Heritage Resort is only 30 minutes away from the highest waterfall in the southern hemisphere, 15 minutes to Australia's World Heritage rainforest, 30 minutes to Hinchinbrook Island, 30 minutes to access the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus Island and 20 minutes to the eight kilometres of white sandy beach at Forrest Beach. Five minutes to Australia's largest urban wetland rehabilitation project Tyto wetlands.

Lees Hotel "The Original Pub With No Beer"

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$75.00 - 190.00
The Motel accommodation is part of the Iconic Lees Hotel made famous by Slim Dusty with Australians very first worldwide number one hit "The Pub With No Beer" (and they haven't run out of beer since). In 2005, the Hotel became the only Heritage Listed Iconic hotel in Queensland. Lees Motel Hotel has been extensively refurbished in 2011, including the free WiFi system. Visitors include the Governor of Queensland in 2007 and the American Ambassador in 2010. Lees is listed as a destination in the Lonely Planet guidebook. In April 2013 the 70th anniversary of the Pub With No Beer Festival was held and 5,000 people turned up to celebrate. Features include The Original Pub With No Beer Legend with Slim Dusty and Dan Sheahan, Artifacts and memorabilia portraying the early settlement of the pioneers dating back to the 1880s. The permanent Art Exhibition "Icons of Hinchinbrook" and a colonial style restaurant All of the motel room have top of the range Sealy Pillow Top ensembles for absolute comfort, whisper quiet airconditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms have verandahs or are adjacent to courtyards.
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