Lake Paluma is a picturesque man-made drinking water storage area 15 kilometres west of Paluma, also used for recreational swimming and non-motorised vessels. About twelve kilometres of this road is good formed gravel, but you will need to check road conditions in the wet season. There are wheelchair accessible toilets, weather proof shelters for day use with BBQs, and camping areas for longer stays. Each campsite has a fireplace and some firewood is provided. All rubbish taken in must be removed, and no domestic animals are allowed. There are 20 campsites available and a nine tent group camping area. You must have a permit. For more information phone NQ Water Paluma Office on 4770 8526 or 4770 8510 or City Office on 4759 4759 or go to www.nqwater.com.au/LP_Info_Camping.asp.
Big Crystal Creek Camping Area
The Big Crystal Creek Camping Area is part of the Paluma Range National Park. It is located at the foot of the range near Mutarnee in more open forest, almost thirty kilometres by road from Paluma. Gas BBQs, toilets and showers are provided but sites are not powered. No open fires are permitted and rubbish is to be removed on departure. Bookings can be made through Mount Spec, Paluma Range National Park at the EPA website at www.epa.qld.gov.au.
Paluma bush camping opportunities
Limited bush camping opportunities exist in the tropical rainforest. Camping fees apply. Campers hike in and need to be self-sufficient. To be well-prepared, check weather conditions before you go at the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au. No open fires are permitted, all rubbish is to be removed, and human waste is to be buried at least 50m from any watercourse and at least 15cm deep. As bookings for bush camping cannot be made online, contact the Reef and National Parks Information Centre on 4722 5224 for a Bushwalker Registration Form or download a copy from the EPA website at www.epa.qld.gov.au. Allow at least 14 days for your application to be processed.