Mount Spec, Paluma Range National Park
Rising high above the coastal plains, cloaked in tropical rainforest and dissected by numerous streams, Mount Spec is the southernmost national park section in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Getting there and getting around
Access to the park is via an old section of the Bruce Highway, 61km north of Townsville or 40km south of Ingham. Two turn-offs from the old highway lead to Paluma and Big Crystal Creek. The narrow winding bitumen road to Paluma (18km) first passes Little Crystal Creek (7km) and McClelland's lookout (17km). The road to Big Crystal Creek (4km) leaves the highway 2km north of the Paluma turn-off.
The Mt Spec Section of the Paluma Range National Park straddles the summit and escarpment of the Paluma Range, rising 1000m above the Big Crystal Creek floodplain. This is the most southerly national park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Tropical rainforest grows on the cooler mountain tops and in the valleys, while open eucalypt woodland covers the foothills. Casuarinas and paperbarks fringe the creeks in the lower, drier parts of the park. Bloodwoods, ironbarks, poplar gums and cocky apple trees grow here. The park is home to many animals found only in the Wet Tropics.
Things to do
>>Picnic and day use areas
Please ensure you check the depth of water before entering. Diving into creeks and waterholes is not recommended. Be careful at the water's edge — the rocks can be slippery and accidents have occurred.
Looking after the park
As part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Paluma Range National Park contains outstanding examples of major stages in the earth's evolutionary history, continuing biological evolution and exceptional beauty, and provides habitat for many rare and threatened species. Please minimise your impact on this special place by taking the following measures.
>>Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
>>Don't use shampoos and soaps in or near waterways.
>>Open fires are not permitted in Paluma Range National Park.
>>Stay on walking tracks, as taking short cuts leads to erosion and adjacent areas may be unstable.
>>Obey signs and regulations — they are in place to protect this area for conservation and nature-based recreation.
QPWS Reef and National Parks Information Centre
Old Quarantine Station, Pallarenda
PO Box 5391, Townsville QLD 4810
ph (07) 4722 5224
EPA Customer Service Centre
160 Ann Street, Brisbane
PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002
ph (07) 3227 8185
fax (07) 3227 8749
fax (07) 4722 5222
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service