Location - Paluma State Forest / Paluma Range National Park, North Queensland, Australia
Difficulty - Grade 4
Distance - 3 km return
Time - Allow 1 hour return
Forgotten Falls in located near the boundary of Paluma State Forest and Paluma Range National Park. The nearby property is owned by the Charlies and sometimes these are called Charlie Creek and Charlie Falls, however, it's been known throughout history as Forgotten Falls. Accessed through state forest, this area does not require permission from private property owners.
How to get there
Allow 1 hr 15 minutes non-stop for drive to Paluma. From Paluma, drive out towards Hidden Valley turning right onto Chicks Road. Drive few a couple hundred metres before arriving at a gate. Park the cars off to the side of the road and then follow the easy logging road north west. The track takes you via an old saw mill located where the saw dust is piled so high and thick that it smothers the ground and nothing grows and will take many more years to breakdown. From there, the trail continues to narrow to a quad bike track cross a small intermittent stream before descending the slopes to the top of Forgotten Falls.
Note that access is also possible via the K traverse.
Once at top of the falls, you can relax and take in the view or continue to scramble down rock face to the pool at the bottom and enjoy a swim. If you are feeling more adventurous, continue downstream rock hopping to the junction with Williams Creek where a large and deep waterhole awaits you. There are also a couple more swimming areas along the way before you make it to Williams Creek.
This is not a hard bushwalk compared to normal creek walks around Townsville. The weather can be hot, and bit scrubby in places if you are going off-track. Be aware of the odd slippery rock.
What to bring
- A change of clothes for trip home
- Food for the day
- 1 lt of water (refill from creek - water treatment tablets or filter if uncomfortable with drinking creek water)
- Hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, long sleeve shirt, trousers or shorts with gaiters recommended.
- Swimmers for swimming