Waterview Canyon

Location: Paluma Range National Park, North Queensland, Australia
Grade: v3 a3 IV * (French Grading System)
Approach: 3+ hours
Descent: 3 hour for 4-6 people
Exit: 1-3 hours depending on route
Total time: Allow 12-14 hours on first trip
Full course: 20-30 km round trip
Elevation loss: approximately 80 metres
Flash flooding level: High
First Descentists: Luen Warneke and Annelise Dickson 2017

Abseiling down waterfalls and into pools of water is one of the closest things you can get to a canyoning experience in North Queensland. Another great place is down Crystal Falls to the Intake plant.

Waterview Creek abseil

As you will be abseiling down waterfalls and into pools of water, you will get wet and will need a dry bag and appropriate clothing and experience. You should consider cancelling this trip if it rains in which case you could just bushwalk to the top of Jourama Falls... or relax at home, have a beer, read a book or watch Netflix like normal people do.

Approach

The approach routes are detailed in the following artiles:

Hidden Valley to Jourama Falls, Waterview Creek
Abseiling down waterfalls and into pools of water is one of the closest things you can get to a canyoning experience in North Queensland. Another great place is down Crystal Falls to the Intake plant.
Approach via Jacobsen Track
Station Creek and Waterview Creek
This loop will take you from Jourama Falls up towards Paluma Dam and then down Station Creek which flows into Waterview Creek. Highlights: The Black Hole & top of Jourama Falls.
Approach via Station Creek

An interactive map of the approach routes and exit routes:

Waterview Creek Canyon Rappel
Rappel One

Rappel 1

R-30m DRB-TR

There are two bolts placed on top of the cliff on the right-hand side of the creek. They are easily accessible and take you down into the pool of water below.
A 30m Abseil.

Waterview Creek Canyon Rappel
Rappel Two

Rappel 2

R-30m DRB-TL

Two bolts on left-hand side of canyon. A 70m (Halved - so 35m abseil) rope is needed for this rap which takes your down to waterfalls and lands you just on the lowest ledge right next to the water - you can step from this ledge to the nearby dry rocks. Long swim across to the rocks.

Exit Notes: Exit via the Black Hole Track.

Rock hop 30 min downstream

Waterview Creek
Rappel three

Rappel 3 - Optional

  • Option 1: R-15m NA-TR
  • Option 2: Scramble TR
  • Option 3: Walk around TR 30 minutes

Rock hop 20 min downstream

Waterview Creek
Rappel four

Rappel 4 - Optional

  • Option 1: R-15m NA-TR
  • Option 2: Scramble TR
  • Option 3: Walk around TR 30 minutes

Exit notes: Rock hop 1-2 hours to Paluma Dam to Jourama Falls trail.  

What to take

  • 70m dry canyoning rope recommended.
  • A harness, rappel / belay device, prusik and carabiner as an extra safety precaution.
  • A headlight (+ spare torch) in case we take too long again.
Blackhole, Waterview Creek

Top of Jourama Falls pool

For Jourama Falls section, please read the Jourama Falls Canyon article.