Paluma Dam to Zammits Rd, Bruce Highway
This will take you down the massive waterfall that you can see in the mountains from the highway on your way back to Townsville from Ingham. It's a beautiful creek full of waterfalls, I guess that's why it's named Waterfall Creek!
The hike is about 11km in total. It is on track for about 6.5km and down the creek for about 4.5km. It's a full days walk. The drive up and arranging the car shuttle will take about two hours before and after the hike. So start very early and don't expect to get home before dark. If you're going as a group, I suggest Deeragun petrol station as a meeting point.
You will need to contact the land owner (end of Zammit Road) at the bottom of the range to request permission to walk through their property.
323 Zammit Road, Bambaroo
0439 686 705
Apparently this creek was used as an old army training exercise and you can still see the discarded ropes and old sacrificial slings that were used.
You'll need a day pack with
- about 1L of water for the walk in. Water in the creek should be drinkable without sterilisation but do so at your own risk.
- Food and snacks for the day.
- Sun protection (hat, long sleeve shirt recommended, I'll wear shorts for easier movement), sunscreen. Most of the creek is open.
- Shoes; I recommend shoes that have grip on wet granite rocks. I'll be wearing joggers.
- A 70m rope, harness, belay device, prusik and carabiner as an extra safety precaution.
- A spare set of clothes for the car journey home.
Here's an interactive map of the hike. Note take we take the Paluma tracks to Waterfall Ck so no bush bashing involved.
It's easy enough to rock scramble down the large waterfall you can see from the highway but there are a few techinical bits along the way. The Townsville Bushwalking Club have gone down this creek several times and bushwalk around the cliffs. I would highly recommend cancelling your trip plans if its going to rain.
There are no bolts on this trip but there are plenty of natural anchors to use. Take a few extra slings to rap from.
Pitch 1 (optional)
A steep rock scramble down
Pitch 2 (optional)
A steep rock scramble down
A 15m rappel wrap
Sacrificial sling required. Wrap around fig tree root.
Two large waterfalls - a fork in the creek.
Option 1: Throw your 70m rope over the large tree branch and swing out.
Option 2: Sling around tree roots. Sacrificial sling required.
Pitch 6 (optional)
10m - A short rappel
I host advenutres every weekend around Townsville. If you are fit and capable, join us on these expeditions by visiting Townsville Advenutres.
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