Jourama Falls, Paluma Range National Park
Getting there and getting around
Travel 91km north of Townsville or 24km south of Ingham, then turn off the Bruce Highway onto the 6km, unsealed access road to Jourama Falls. 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.
The toilets and shelter sheds are wheelchair-accessible.
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 at Jourama Falls is permitted in a large clearing, beyond the second causeway. Sites are suitable for caravans and tents. Drinking water, free gas barbecues, toilets and cold showers are provided. Camping permits are required and fees apply. Permits can be obtained at the self-registration booth at the campground or in advance (see below). Advance bookings are advisable, especially during school holidays when the campground is extremely popular.
There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Paluma, Ingham and Townsville.
Things to do
Jourama Falls track — 3km return (1 hour) Grade: Moderate
A pleasant walk through open woodland leads to a lookout over the falls and the surrounding rainforest. The walk starts at the end of the road, 700m past the camping area.
Picnic and day use areas
Picnic and day use areas can be found after the first causeway and 600m beyond the camping area. There are toilet facilities and drinking water at the first area.
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
>>Rubbish bags: please take all your rubbish with you when you leave, as rubbish is not collected.
>>Eco-friendly insect repellent and biodegradable phosphate and chlorine free soaps. This will assist in protecting this unique eco-system.
Jourama Falls Section is open 24 hours a day.
Climate and weather
Jourama Falls Section of Paluma Range National Park has a wet tropical climate. In summer, rainfall can exceed 500mm in 24 hours. During the cooler months of the year, from April to September, daytime temperatures range between 25 and 29 degrees Celsius and there is little rainfall.
QPWS Reef and National Parks Information Centre
Old Quarantine Station, Pallarenda
PO Box 5391, Townsville QLD 4810
ph (07) 4722 5224
fax (07) 4722 5222
Open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
Rainforest and Reef Information Centre
142 Victoria Street, Cardwell QLD 4849
PO Box 74 CARDWELL QLD 4849
ph (07) 4066 8601
fax (07) 4066 8116
EPA Customer Service Centre
160 Ann Street, Brisbane
PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002
ph (07) 3227 8185
fax (07) 3227 8749
ph 13 13 04
fax 1300 300 768
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service