Jourama Falls

Location:
Jourama Falls is located 24km south of Ingham – North Queensland Australia and just 6km off the Bruce Highway in the Paluma National Park.

Ingham is 110 kms north of Townsville and 240 kms south of Cairns along the Bruce Highway and is the commercial centre of the Hinchinbrook Shire.

About Jourama Falls:
Jourama Falls has a terrace of cascading waterfalls and secluded freshwater swimming holes. It is an excellent spot for bird watching where The Yellow-breasted Boatbill can be seen along the creek for most of the year. There is a 1.5km walk to the falls lookout.

Fringed by rainforest, Waterview Creek tumbles down many picturesque cascades and rapids, offering beautiful spots to relax. There are excellent picnic and camping facilities, walking tracks, swimming holes, birds, butterflies and native wildlife, making this a popular spot to visit or camp.

● Road into Jourama Falls
The dirt road is suitable for caravans but you have to cross a number of causeways that are covered with water all year round but they are safe except after heavy rain. Be careful in the summer wet season as water levels can rise quickly and unpredictably.

Turn west off the highway, 24 kilometres south of Ingham onto the unsealed road signposted ‘Jourama Falls’.

● Welcome
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.

● Wheelchair accessibility
The toilets and shelter sheds are wheelchair-accessible.

● Mobile phone coverage
Poor, until you get back to the highway, 4.5 km from the park.

● Picnic and day-use areas
A day-use area after the first causeway provides toilets, gas barbecues, picnic tables and water (treat all water before drinking).

● Camping
From May 2013, self-registration will no longer be available at this camping area. Campers will need to purchase an e-camping permit before arriving at the camping area.

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The Jourama Falls camping area is in a large clearing beside Waterview Creek. Advance bookings are advisable, especially during school holidays, when the camping area is extremely popular. Access may be restricted during the summer wet season when creeks rise and causeways are impassable.

● Pets
Domestic animals are not permitted in Paluma Range National Park.

● Facilities
Water (treat all water before drinking), composting toilets, cold showers, picnic tables and gas barbecues.

● Open fires
Prohibited.

● Generators
Not allowed.

Other accommodation:
There is a range of holiday accommodation in Ingham. Please see Ingham.

Fuel and supplies:
Fuel and supplies are available in Ingham. Please see Ingham.

Walking:
Jourama Falls track—3 km return (1 hr) Grade: moderate
The track to Jourama Falls lookout starts at the end of the road, 700 m past the main camping area. A pleasant walk through open woodland leads you to a creek crossing. At the signposted junction, about 100 m beyond the creek crossing, continue to the lookout or visit the creek further upstream. The 600 m track to the lookout is all uphill but you will be rewarded with views out over the falls and the surrounding rainforest.

Viewing wildlife: 
Jourama Falls offers excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife. Birds, turtles and goannas are attracted to the rainforest-fringed creek. The drier, open woodland of the foothills is home to woodland birds and gliders, including the endangered mahogany glider.

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Jourama Falls
Photo: Hinchinbrook Shire Council

Camping area at Jourama Falls

Picnic Area at Jourama Falls

Walking Track to the Swimming Hole at Jourama Falls