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Bluewater Range Track to Paluma Village hike

Paluma Range National Park has much to offer for adventurers like myself. This time the idea was to hike along the old Bluewater Forestry Road to the Paluma township. On the south side of the range we can follow the Bluewater Range Track which is an old logging road that was frequented by four wheel drivers and on the Northern side we can join onto the old Paluma logging road. There's just a 10km stretch between the two roads but the logging operations were shutdown before they could connect the two road together. This route has been dubbed the PRB track.

The basic plan

  • Get drop is off at the Bluewater Forestry Station (end of Forestry Rd)
  • We then walk along the red, muddy four-wheel drive track for several kilometers walking approximately 15km a day for the first two days, crossing several creeks, following the logging road to the end.
  • Then navigate our way through the 10km section that leads up on top of ridgeline where water may be scarce. Our aim to to reach a water point by the late afternoon. I recommend an additional wine bladder or collapsible bottles with another 3L of capacity for this part of the route.
    This is the 10km stretch between the Bluewater Range Track and the Paluma Tracks where we will be cutting our way through the rainforest. So day three and four will be the bush bashing days where we aim to travel about 5km a day.
  • Join up with the old logging road from the Paluma end and continue along to Paluma Village.

What to bring

  • Sleeping gear (Tent or hammock). A hammock with a mossie net is recommended as finding flat and clear ground can sometimes be difficult. Use a sleeping mat to stop the hammock from hugging you too tightly and a sleeping bag for insulation.
  • If everything goes to plan then we only need to carry water for a day (2-3 liter bladder or bottle). Bring a wine bladder or collapsible bottle to fill up for the ridgeline part when the going gets slow. Some way of treating your water that you collect from the creeks [boil, UV, chemical, or filter]).
  • First aid kit and Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • Topographic map & compass / GPS unit
  • Dehydrated or freeze-dried food for the five or six days
  • Cooking utensils, stove, gas, etc... (Can share with someone else in your group). Open fires are prohibited.
  • Secateurs for cutting through the rainforest as it get really thick in places
  • Torch or head lamp
  • Warm clothing as it can get cold at night
  • Wet weather gear
  • Rubbish bags. All rubbish (including food scraps) must be carried out.
  • Insect repellent
  • A small trowel for burying faecal waste. Bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15cm deep and 100m from camp sites, tracks and watercourses to guard against pollution and the spread of disease.
  • Camping permit: "Mount Halifax remote bush camping"
  • Mobile phone coverage: poor.

This trip involves remote bush hiking and camping south of Paluma. Only experienced and well-equipped bushwalkers should undertake remote, off the track hikes. You must be self-sufficient. Water collected from creeks should be treated before drinking.

Past the logging cabins, the logging road hasn't been used for many years. It is well and truly overgrown and you will need Secateurs to cut your way through the bramble, lawyer cane, barbed wire vine, and bladed grass.

More information on this walking track will come soon. The volunteer track maintenance group will continue to cut our way through the forest and the this track will be opened as a multi day walk and the months to come. This page will be updated as the track progresses. Watch this space!