Paluma Dam to Ellenore Creek, Bruce Highway
There are a bunch of tracks up at Paluma thanks to the old tin mining days and volunteers recutting and maintaining them.
There are no creek crossings for most of the Bambaroo Track - The last water is a small creek approx 1 to 1.5 km from the turn-off from the main track to shay's clearing. The water point is off the track (not a creek crossing) on the left hand side going down the range, you have to keep an eye out for it, the track does a 90 degree turn to the right, the water is 90 degrees to the left about 20 metres along a side track. As there is no water for the rest of the walk, it pays to leave some water in the car at the bottom in case anybody runs out.
Just off the main walking track near the bottom is a massive fig trees. The short track leading there is marked with a large rock cairn against a palm tree.
Park your car just north of Ellenore Creek, near the VODAFONE Tower road.
The track takes about 6 hours in total and will take you from the Paluma Dam to the Coolbie area. On you way down the range, stop off at Gardes' Lookout for a pretty view and a place to rest.
Check the weather before you go.
You will not have phone reception for most of the hike.
If staying at the night at DCK Shelter, you will need to book it with Wilfred Karnoll.
What to bring
- I recommend carrying about 2L of water but there are a few creeks along the way to fill up (you may want to treat your water [boil, UV, chemical, filter]).
- Carry snacks and food for day
- A first aid kit and a PLB
- The path is well marked and clear so it's easy going
- Change of clothes for the ride home (optional)
Here's an interactive map of the hike:
Here's a mud map of the start (bottom) of the track so you know where to turn off the highway to park your car.
I host advenutres every weekend around Townsville. If you are fit and capable, join us on these expeditions by visiting Townsville Advenutres.
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