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Mutarnee

Located approximately 45 minutes drive north of Townsville on the Bruce Highway, Mutarnee is a small peaceful hamlet nestled on the banks of beautiful Crystal Creek. At the local caravan park there's a small shop and service station and just a minute down the road you'll find the Crystal Creek boat ramp. From this easy access point, boaties can safely navigate their way along Crystal Creek to the big blue Coral Sea beyond. It takes no more than a few minutes and the scenery makes it well worth the effort.

Conditions are great for serious sea fishing so remember to pack your line, bait and tackle.

On the other side of Mutarnee you'll find the dramatic Paluma National Park. This Park is overflowing with beautiful natural attractions and things to see and do. The road up the mountain takes you through rich, lush rainforest and past cascading waterfalls, rockslides and clear water rock pools.

At the top of the mountain you can swim at the old stone bridge and admire this quaint hand-made structure up close. At plenty of spots throughout the park you'll find picnic areas and barbecues to make your visit even more enjoyable.

Accommodation at Mutarnee is limited to camping, caravanning and self-contained cabins, however motels, hotels and backpacker hostels can be found at Ingham just 15 minutes drive north.

Mutarnee, Townsville Area
Queensland
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Mount Spec, Paluma Range National Park

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Mount Spec, Paluma Range National Park is an accessible, scenic section of Paluma Range National Park, the most southerly park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Straddling the Paluma Range, the upland rainforests are crossed by a maze of streams and cascades. Open eucalypt forests dominate the lower slopes. Casuarinas fringe the creeks. Escape the summer heat by picnicking near the creek. Go birdwatching and look for logrunners, Macleay’s honeyeaters and brush turkeys. If you are lucky you might see the golden bowerbird – the male decorates his bower with green and yellow leaves and flowers. For a glimpse of the past, visit Paluma, a village in the rainforest.

Tyto Wetlands

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Tyto Wetlands is a unique 90-hectare natural wetland site that is home to over 230 species of birds and numerous tropical plant species in addition to such native Australian wildlife creatures as the wallaby. Located just 500 metres from the township of Ingham and situated just a few hundred metres off the Bruce Highway down Cooper Street, Tyto Wetlands is a carefully preserved natural environment that integrates lagoons, walking tracks and native flora. Experience the natural beauty and tranquility of this tropical environment by leisurely strolling along the four kilometre walkways. Interpretive signs, marked lookouts and specially created viewing platforms allow you to view local wildlife without interference or disturbance to their habitats. The area is named after the endangered Eastern Grass Owl (Tyto Capensis) Tyto meaning monkey faced owl which can be found in the Hinchinbrook Shire, one of the few places in the world where this owl can be spotted regularly. This owl can be seen leaving their grassy habitat just on dusk.

Jourama Falls, Paluma Range National Park

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
A picturesque waterfall on Waterview Creek, rainforest, vine forest and open woodland feature in this popular section of Paluma Range National Park in the foothills of the Seaview Range. Rainforest grows on the higher slopes and fringes the creek. Poplar gum, bloodwood, Moreton Bay ash and cocky apple trees are common in the open woodland. Jourama Falls, Paluma National Park, is within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Jourama Falls in Paluma Range National Park offers beautiful places to relax, camp, walk and enjoy watching birds, butterflies and other native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic in the cool air at the day-use area near the first causeway. In the rainforest along the creek, look for the buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher which arrives here from Papua New Guinea between October and April. Camp at the popular Jourama Falls camping area or take a stroll along the three kilometre return track to view Jourama Falls, Waterview Creek and surrounding rainforest. Look for the distinctive red flowers of weeping bottlebrush trees overhanging the creek, which attract the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly.

Paluma and Crystal Creek Rainforest

Townsville City, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Paluma Range is a rainforest haven located approximately 60 minutes drive north of the city of Townsville. Paluma village is located on the mountain-top - a quaint rainforest township offering tea and craft rooms. Along the Paluma Range highway is Little Crystal Creek and Big Crystal Creek, both of which are ideal for swimming, camping (permit required), bushwalking, picnicking or barbecue. Magnificent panoramic views from various lookouts along the Paluma range. Paluma and Crystal Creek is an eco-tourism paradise with a wide array of wildlife and birdlife in this rainforest habitat. Little Crystal Creek is located seven kilometres along the scenic road to Paluma and features a giant Roman Arch stone bridge which was constructed manually in the early 1930's during the depression. Big Crystal Creek leaves the highway two kilometres north of the Paluma turn off. Camping is permitted and day visitors are welcomed. Camping sites can be booked online.

Pipers Lookout

Hervey Range, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Travel up Hervey Range Road from Thuringowa Central, past the suburbs of Rangewood and Rupertswood to find Piper's Lookout which is near the top of the Range, on your right. Piper's Lookout offers stunning views over the bushland below Hervey Range and out to the ocean. Nearby there are local tours and a cafe.

Forrest Beach

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Forrest Beach, also known as Allingham, is a relaxing place to visit when you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Forrest Beach has a long sandy beach overlooking Orpheus Island and the Palm Island group. It is a patrolled beach and has stinger net protection during the summer months. Forrest Beach has a hotel/motel, caravan park and self-contained units. There are also a small number of shops where essential items can be purchased.

Mount Fox

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Located south-west of Ingham, Mount Fox was created by a violent volcanic explosion about 100,000 years ago. In the explosion, a lava flow 10 metres thick spewed from the southern end of the crater and chunks of molten magma were thrown out of the volcano's vent. The well-formed crater is about 10 metres deep and covered with sparse grasses and stunted trees. Vine thicket is found in a steep gully on the southern slopes. Open eucalypt woodland dominates the crater area. Pink and long-fruited bloodwoods are also common. Mount Fox's tussock grass slopes shelter a number of small animals. On a cool day in the winter months, skinks and other reptiles can be seen basking on the volcanic bombs. During the hot summer months, the grasses provide protection from the sun and are ideal nesting places for ground-dwelling birds like the little button quail. After sunset, rufous bettongs (small wallaby-type mammals) emerge to feed on herbs and grasses. The large wing span of a wedge-tailed eagle can also be seen, as this bird of prey soars above the Mount Fox crater.

Taylors Beach

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Taylor's Beach is centrally located between Forrest Beach and Lucinda. With Orpheus Island and fringing reefs so close, it is a popular fishing destination for many. There is a wide variety of fish to be caught in this area so you will be constantly amazed. Bring your fishing rod and be ready for some serious relaxation.

Toolakea Beach

Toolakea, Townsville Area
Free Entry
For a peaceful experience on yet another one of Townsville's gorgeous northern beaches, visit Toolakea Beach and bring the whole family for a relaxing day out! Enjoy a picnic lunch or spend a relaxing few hours fishing from the beach. This beach is also very quiet which is perfect for birdwatchers.

Mutarnee

Mutarnee, Townsville Area
Located approximately 45 minutes drive north of Townsville on the Bruce Highway, Mutarnee is a small peaceful hamlet nestled on the banks of beautiful Crystal Creek. At the local caravan park there's a small shop and service station and just a minute down the road you'll find the Crystal Creek boat ramp. From this easy access point, boaties can safely navigate their way along Crystal Creek to the big blue Coral Sea beyond. It takes no more than a few minutes and the scenery makes it well worth the effort. Conditions are great for serious sea fishing so remember to pack your line, bait and tackle. On the other side of Mutarnee you'll find the dramatic Paluma National Park. This Park is overflowing with beautiful natural attractions and things to see and do. The road up the mountain takes you through rich, lush rainforest and past cascading waterfalls, rockslides and clear water rock pools. At the top of the mountain you can swim at the old stone bridge and admire this quaint hand-made structure up close. At plenty of spots throughout the park you'll find picnic areas and barbecues to make your visit even more enjoyable. Accommodation at Mutarnee is limited to camping, caravanning and self-contained cabins, however motels, hotels and backpacker hostels can be found at Ingham just 15 minutes drive north.
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