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Paluma

Nestled in the lush rainforest of Mount Spec National Park, just north of Townsville, is the picturesque village of Paluma. 1,000 metres above sea level and shrouded in misty cloud, Paluma has a rich and fascinating history. Much of the road leading to the village was built by hand during the 1930s Depresssion, as was the quaint stone bridge over Little Crystal Creek. Some time later Paluma became the site of a secret radar unit and tent camp for the United States of America army.

Today Paluma is a popular mountain retreat for romantic weekends and a secluded place to unwind. The streets are lined with cosy cafes, art galleries and nooks for local craft and produce. And with little or no mobile coverage, you can truly escape and leave those work-day worries behind.

Situated on the southernmost edge of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the lush rainforest surrounding Paluma is alive with a fascinating diversity of birdlife. See how many you can spy from the network of rainforest walks. If you're lucky you just might spy the shy rifle bird perform its peculiar mating dance.

As you make your way up the road to the village, be sure to stop and enjoy the heady aroma of cascading waterfalls and two of the best freshwater swimming holes in North Queensland. With the hand-built stone bridge as a back-drop, the rock pool at Little Crystal Creek is something straight from a picture book, while the much larger swimming hole at Big Crystal Creek has picnic and barbecue facilities and is a great spot for family outings or camping.

Paluma is approximately 45 minutes drive north of Townsville. Accommodation in the village includes bed-and-breakfasts, cottages, self-contained units, motels and camping.

Paluma, Charters Towers 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.

Rollingstone Beach Caravan Resort

Rollingstone, Townsville Area
From AU$30.00 - 240.00
Just 55 kilometres north of Townsville is their beautiful caravan resort which boasts absolute beach frontage overlooking Palm and Havana Islands. The large pool allows you to swim year round. They have three large lakes stocked with barramundi for you to feed. They offer uninterrupted ocean views on their beachfront powered sites, grassy powered sites just back from the beach or shady unpowered sites. For accommodation you can choose from one of their beachfront villas, which can sleep from two to eight people, or an ocean view cabin which sleeps up to five people. All are self contained and have air-conditioning. The modern amenities and camp kitchen are second to none.

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.

Balgal Beach Holiday Units

Balgal Beach, Townsville Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$100.00 - 130.00
Balgal Beach Holiday Units are beachfront, self-contained and set in tropical gardens around the pool and barbecue area. Relax in paradise - strolling along the beach, in the pool, or playing golf at the local club. Nature lovers can observe up to 140 species of birds and 13 species of native frogs seasonally. Enjoy the free tour looking for nocturnal wildlife with torches. Terry and Roslyn have owned the property since 2003 and have created eco-friendly gardens which are a haven for wildlife. Initiatives such as removing cane toads assist in the everyday conservation of the natural environment. They are on-site to personally assist with enquiries and also enjoy just having a chat:) Balgal Beach - a Townsville northern beaches suburb - is located 50 kilometres north of Townsville Central Business District and is central for day trips to Ingham, Wallaman Falls, Paluma or numerous nearby islands. The combination of well-equipped units, peaceful location and family friendly atmosphere ensure a relaxed stay. Looking for a place to stay to relax and unwind? - Here's your getaway to 'relax in paradise'. Licensed eateries, shop and post office, fuel, boat ramp and stinger enclosure are all within a five minutes drive.

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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