Paluma Range National Park

Paluma Range National Park, part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, is on the edge'of the wet and dry tropics. Rainforest covers over 50 percent of the area, fringing the creeks, clinging to steep mountain sides and fining the moist Valleys. The drier, open woodland is characteristic of tropical coastal lowlands and ranges, This gives Jourama Falls a rich diversity with over 260 plant species recorded here.
Jourama Falls is surrounded by the Seaview Range. Networks of streams originate in higer slopes and flow into Waterview Creek. The falls rarely stop flowing as it rains in the tropical mountains throughout the year.
The drier open forests are home to peaceful doves, chestnut-breasted mannikins, crimson finches, laughing kookaburras and forest kingfishers. Agile wallabies and goannas are wandering through the campground and picnic areas.

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lf it hadn't been for the Observation skills of Steve Van Dyck of the Queensland Museum, we may still not know that the mahogany glider exists. When relocating the museum's mammal collection in 1986, he noticed some unusual looking skins. The different glider, which had been described by Charles de Vis in 1883, had been incorrectly stored among the foreign mammals. The mahogany glider had been rediscovered! The capture of a live specimen near Tully in 1989 confirmed the existence of the mahogany glider. Today it is thought only 1500 remain.

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Jourama Falls Walk
3km return, Grade: moderate
Walk through open woodland alongside Waterview Creek and catch gljmpses of large boulders and cool pools. Descend into the broad, rocky creek and feel the cool, damp air of the rainforest. The wide creek swells and floods in the wet season. Look for debris trapped in the branches to see how high the water rises.

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Beyond the creek, as you begin the steep climb towards the lookout, notice the sudden change in Vegetation and warmer temperature. The open canopy and sparse understorey is characteristic of open woodland.
Dark green cycads and smooth, white poplar gums are common as the track continues uphill to the lookout.
The falls, a series of cascades isappearing into deep pools, zig-zag their way down the rocky slope. From the lookout you cannot see the higher slopes of the Seaview Range, so the falls appear to come from nowhere. Water flows over the falls most of the year due to misty rain in the tropical mountains.
At the bottom of the hill, cross the creek to return to the start of the track, or take the path to one of the many rock pools further upstream.

Source: onsite information board