Location - Paluma Range National Park, North Queensland, Australia
Distance - ~10 km dependending on route taken
Duration - ~7-8 hours
Elevation grain - ~500-700 metres
Grade - 5
This creek is named after Thomas Edward Andrews, nicknamed Bullocky Tom, who was born in 1848 in Wicklow, Ireland. He made his home at the junction of Big Crystal Creek and Little Crystal Creek and lived there with his wife, Ruth, and their children. After his death on 13th January 1897, he was buried at Mount Ruth, a hill next to Big Crystal Creek. He is well-known for the Bullocky Tom's Track was the most-used pack-track up the coastal escarpment and provided supplies to the Mount Spec tin miners. The small creek bordering the Thomas Andrews property is now called Bullocky Tom's Creek after this early settler.
This hike appeals to those that enjoy hiking in the cooler conditions and love rock hopping up creeks. There are many waterfalls, narrow gorges, boulder formations to take in during the hike.
There is the option to hike up the creek from the causeway or via private property at the base of Foxlee's Track. From the private property, follow the Foxlee's Track to the lower reaches of Bullocky Tom's Creek, before making your way into the upper reaches of Bullocky Tom's Creek.
Alternatively, hike in from one of the Paluma trails as a through walk, for example, the Bambaroo Track or Foxlee's Track.
What to bring
- 2 litres of water (a way to treat your water if you refill from the creek)
- Appropriate clothing and footwear
- Hat and sunscreen
- Snacks and lunch
- Electrolytes (if required)
- Insect repellent
- First aid kit and PLB