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.
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