My favorite waterfall in Queensland
Although Wallaman Falls is very spectacular, my favorite place in Queensland has to be at the top of Jourama Falls. It has an amazing view, fresh air, and a spa bath overlooking the ocean.
So if your living around this region or travelling through and are an experienced cross country hiker/explorer and have all the gear, I would recommend this walk, Paluma Dam to Jourama Falls hike (it's not an official National Parks walk).
The downside is that it's best with two cars or you can just walk up from to the top of the falls from Jourama Falls side.
Thanks to Wilfred and Jamie, a path has now been cut and tagged making the going extremely easy and fast compared to before hand.
Park your car at Paluma Dam near the locked gate. The real bush walking starts at Prospector Creek, which is about 4km from the dam.
You cross the dam wall and follow Benhams Track north. At the junction with Mt Spec Road, you veer to the left. Follow that road as marked towards Hidden Valley, cross prospector creek (about 5m wide and running all year round), another 20m further on you see on the map a track that goes off on the right. It's fairly well hidden so keep a look out for a pink ribbon and what may look like an old, overgrown logging road.
After entering the bush, there the old logging road becomes very obvious. Follow it to Johnston’s Mine at the creek crossing of waterview creek, which is the creek that makes Jourama Falls a long way further down.
Near the end of the logging road, the bush track starts on the right of the road and goes cross country until you hit the creek again about 200m above the falls.
As you come down the mountain from Paluma, you will pass a few little creeks and through dense rainforest; which slowly opens up as you get down near Waterview Creek. Some part are very steep and a good level of fitness and coordination is required. If you are lucky, you may see cassowaries and many other wildlife.
You can even make you way up the creek to the Blackhole
Cross the creek and follow about 100m downstream then climb up out of the creek/valley and then the track drops down to the National Park Lookout and from there you're on their plastic track to the camping ground.
as I said we've walked right through even though care needs to be taken as the track isn't obvious in places. Make sure you take a GPS print out for you to help you just in case you wonder off the track or loose it, specially near the falls where it goes through open grass country.
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