Location - Paluma Range National Park, North Queensland, Australia
Approach - 30 minutes down Maidenhair Fern Creek
Descent - 200 metres
Exit - 30 minutes - 1 hour up the ridgeline
Grade - V1 A1 I

These lower waterfalls are located at the base of the Paluma Range and is the last waterfall of Little Crystal Creek. The waterfall at the bottom of the range is spectacular and not only does it offer a beautiful large and deep swimming hole but has the opportunities to play around. The smaller waterfall above the large one has its own small swimming hole which you can slide off the waterfall into and has a good little climb up a crack next to the falls.

The waterfall at the bottom of the range is spectacular. Not only does it offer a beautiful large and deep swimming hole but has the opportunities for abseiling, cliff jumping, and climbing up the side of the waterfall (~grade 7 (Ewbanks)). The smaller waterfall above the large one has its own small swimming hole which you can slide off the waterfall into and has a good little climb up a crack next to the falls. You can easily access this waterfall via Maidenhair Fern Creek or via the ridgeline.

Approach

You can easily access this waterfall via Maidenhair Fern Creek or via the ridgeline. There are a few places to park your car but the one at the top of the ridgeline is limited to one small car.

Rappels

R1-15m NA-TR J-5m

Jump or rappel into the large pool

R2-8m XX-C NA-TL

Rappel into the mini-slot canyon

J3-4m Optional

Slide/jump into the small pool below. Can also scramble out left to avoid.

Danger Notes: Check pool for hazards before jumping

J4-10m Optional

Jump into the large pool below. Can also scramble out left to avoid.

Danger Notes: Check pool for hazards before jumping

Exit

Once below the last waterfall, you can start your exit via ridgeline.

Interactive Map

Here's an interactive map of the trip.

Canyoning Topo

Little Crystal Creek Canyoning Topo