Cloudy Creek Walk
  • Length: 4km

  • Duration: 2.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: 1 Mount Spec Rd, Paluma

  • End: 1 Mount Spec Rd, Paluma

  • Location: Paluma Range National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 1,422 km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -19.00914

  • Longitude: 146.2154

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Cloudy Creek Walk is a 4km, grade 3 return hike, located in Paluma Range National Park, Queensland. The hike should take approximately 2.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

From the car park, a short track leads you to McClellands lookout then meanders through the rainforest to a track junction, where the right-hand-route leads to Witts lookout, a steep climb through open forest to lookouts on rocky outcrops, and the left-hand Cloudy Creek track leads you through rainforest to a series of small waterfalls along Cloudy Creek.

From McClellands and Witts lookouts, enjoy extensive views of Halifax Bay and the Palm Islands. Some sections of this walk are steep with many steps and boulder hopping and, because of the high elevation, the temperature is often cool and shrouded in mist. Stay on the track at all times, wear sturdy footwear and sun protection and take adequate drinking water.

About the region

Paluma Range National Park, the southern gateway for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, is comprised of two sections. The northern section features Jourama Falls—a picturesque waterfall framed by rainforest. To the south, rainforest-cloaked Mount Spec rises nearly 1000m above the Big Crystal Creek floodplain. Both areas offer a range of recreational opportunities.

The Traditional Owners of Paluma Range National Park are the Nywaigi Aboriginal people. They welcome you to their country and ask that you respect and enjoy this place. The traditional name for the Paluma Range is Munan Gumburu, which means ‘misty mountain’, an apt description as morning mists are common.

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