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About Jourama Falls

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Getting there and getting around

Swimming platform in the day-use area. Photo: Queensland Government

Swimming platform in the day-use area. Photo: Queensland Government

Travel 91km north of Townsville or 24km south of Ingham, then turn off the Bruce Highway onto the 4.5km, unsealed access road to Jourama Falls, Paluma Range National Park. The access road is suitable for most conventional vehicles and caravans. Access may be restricted during the summer wet season when Waterview Creek rises and causeways are impassable.

Ensure that you drive according to the road conditions and to your vehicle's capabilities. Check with RACQ for road conditions and the Bureau of Meteorology for updated weather reports.

Wheelchair accessibility

The toilets and shelter sheds are wheelchair-accessible.

Park features

A picturesque waterfall on Waterview Creek, rainforest, vine forest and open woodland are protected in this 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.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

The Jourama Falls camping area is in a large clearing beside Waterview Creek. Advance bookings are advisable, especially during school holidays, when the camping area is extremely popular. Opportunities also exist for remote hiking and camping.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Paluma, Ingham and Townsville. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Waterview Creek. Photo: Queensland Government

Waterview Creek. Photo: Queensland Government

Walking

Jourama Falls track (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 3km return

Time: 1 hour

Details: The track to Jourama Falls lookout starts at the end of the road, 700m past the main camping area. A pleasant walk through open woodland leads you to a creek crossing. At the signposted junction, about 100m beyond the creek crossing, continue to the lookout or visit the creek further upstream. The 600m track to the lookout is all uphill but you will be rewarded with views out over the falls and the surrounding rainforest.

Other extended bushwalking opportunities exist in Paluma Range National Park for experienced walkers. See camping information for more details.

Picnic and day-use areas

A day-use area after the first causeway provides toilets, gas barbecues, picnic tables and water. Treat all water before drinking.

Viewing wildlife

Jourama Falls offers excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife. Birds, turtles and goannas are attracted to the rainforest-fringed creek. The drier, open woodland of the foothills is home to woodland birds and gliders, including the endangered mahogany glider.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • a first-aid kit
  • a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • drinking water
  • rubbish bags
  • insect repellent.

Opening hours

Jourama Falls, Paluma Range National Park is open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Paluma Range National Park.

Climate and weather

The Jourama Falls section of Paluma Range National Park has a wet, tropical climate. In summer, rainfall can exceed 500mm in 24hrs. During the cooler months of the year, from April to September, daytime temperatures range between 25°C and 29°C and there is little rainfall.

For more information see the tourism information links below. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Ingham and Townsville. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

  • Never jump or dive into water and be careful at the water’s edge. Rocks can be extremely slippery and submerged timber can appear after flooding. Fatalities and serious injuries have occurred here.
  • Do not attempt to cross strong flowing creeks and streams. Flooding can occur during and after heavy or prolonged periods of rain and the creek may become impassable. Ensure you have several extra days' worth of food.
  • Do not feed native wildlife. It is a health risk to them and a safety risk to you.
  • Wear insect repellent, sunscreen, suitable clothing and shoes to protect yourself from stings, scratches, bites and the sun.
  • Cassowaries live in some areas. Never approach or feed these animals and remember to be Cass-o-wary!
  • Venomous fish called bullrouts live in some creeks. Wear sandshoes or similar footwear and take care when investigating unusual rocks or objects. Be aware of the required first-aid procedures.
  • Carry adequate drinking water. Treat all water from taps, creeks and streams before drinking.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

  • Never chase, scare or feed animals.
  • Never leave food, dirty dishes or bars of soap unattended—Australian brush-turkeys and native giant white-tailed rats are nature’s perfect thieves.
  • Take all rubbish with you including food scraps.
  • Take care not to pollute fresh water. Do not use soap, shampoo or detergents in or near creeks.
  • Fires are not allowed. Use fuel stoves or the gas barbecues provided.
  • Stay on the track. Never cut corners or create new tracks.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Jourama Falls, Paluma Range National Park is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with the Wet Tropics Management Authority, for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation.

Tourism information links

Townsville Bulletin Square Visitor Information Centre
www.townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au 
334A Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810
ph (07) 4726 2700 
email

Tyto Information and Wetlands Centre
www.tyto.com.au
Bruce Highway, Ingham QLD 4850
ph (07) 4776 4792
email

Rainforest and Reef Information Centre
www.cardwelltourism.com
142 Victoria Street, Cardwell QLD 4849
ph (07) 4066 8601
email

Managed by Great Green Way Tourism Incorporated.

For information on road conditions contact:

RACQ (The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland)
www.racq.com.au (see Travel>Maps and Directions>Road Conditions)
ph 1300 130 595 for 24hr road reports

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

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Last updated
27 March 2017