Black River

Located just north of Townsville, the headwaters of Black River start near the Bluewater Hills and are formed from the slopes of Paluma Range National Park and Clemant State Forest.

Black River
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Location - Townsville, North Queensland, Australia

Black River is located just north of Townsville. The headwaters of the river start near the Bluewater Hills and are formed from the slopes of Paluma Range National Park and Clemant State Forest. The upper reaches of the river are filled with rocks and steep valley sides. The river then runs down the range passing under the Greenvale Line bridge before reaching the bottom of Hervey Range where the river turns into a sandy bottom.

Black River is home to many types of activities, namely four-wheel driving in the lower reaches. The upper reaches, known as Patterson Gorge, are sometimes explored by hikers. People have also set up rope swings from the bridge.

This area can be paddled in the wet season when in flood and fatbiked in the dry.

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