For a relaxing day out, Townsville’s northern beaches - just 60km north of the city - are the ideal getaway. Bushland, Saunders, Toolakea, Toomulla and Balgal Beaches are perfect for fishing, swimming, picnicking and bird watching.
For a pleasant change of climate and scenery, travel north along the Bruce Highway and turn left to Crystal Creek in Paluma Range National Park. With two swimming holes, Big Crystal Creek and Little Crystal Creek, this area is a favourite for Townsville locals and offers the perfect place to cool off on a warm day. Big Crystal Creek, at the base of the Paluma Range, features a large swimming hole, natural rock slides and a picnicking area, perfect for families and larger groups.
Little Crystal Creek, located 11km up the winding road to Paluma Village, is well known for its historic stone arch bridge built in the 1930s. Cascading waterfalls feed into one of the best freshwater swimming holes in the north.
Embrace the natural beauty of the Paluma Range National Park – the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Escape the coastal lowland heat and relax in the cool mountain air of the Paluma Range. Experience the thrill of being one of the ‘lucky ones’ that spots the rare golden bowerbird, and take a step back in history at Paluma, the village in the rainforest. Absorb the exotic sounds of birdlife on a rainforest walk and smile for the cameras at McClellands Lookout as you enjoy stunning views along the coast.
Travelling on from Paluma, the diversity of flora and fauna changes dramatically as you enter the dry open woodlands. The small township of Hidden Valley is home to Hidden Valley Cabins and Tours, an exclusive retreat offering daily platypus tours and home cooked meals.