One hour north of Townsville, in Big Crystal Creek in Paluma Range National Park, you’ll see a waterfall to your left and a rock slide to your right… ummmm hello wonderland!


  • A natural slip ’n’ slide down smooth, slippery rocks
  • A lush little waterfall cascading into a decent sized swimming hole
  • A few camping spots nearby, as well as a bunch of other pristine swimming pools

The Lowdown

This absolute gem can be found not too far north from Townsville. Take a left onto Barrett road from the Bruce highway, and then another left onto Spiegelhauer Road and drive for about 20 minutes. You will pass a free camping spot on the right (through a little gap between the shrub, positioned right on the creek bed!) as well as Paradise Waterhole – which also has a campsite that is to be booked online prior.

A little shy of 2km past Paradise you will come to a dirt lot, so park up and then continue by foot following the road beyond the gate about 500m until the signpost directs you to the left.

This will bring you out at a spectacular waterhole where hours are needed to explore this spot properly! Don’t be too shy to ride the rock slides down and make a splash, or frolic further upstream to find more pools.

The rock slides are insanely fun and you can actually get a fair bit of speed, but expect a little graze or two if you’re like me and are looking for the edge that will give you the most air.

For those of you not tempted by the slip ’n’ slide, you can retreat to the tranquil waterfall and splash around in the crystal clear green pool.

This for me, was the ultimate swimming spot on the coast of Queensland.


Waterfalls and Rockslides // Big Crystal Creek (QLD) Tiffany Hulm waterhole

Essential Gear

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sun protection
  • Insect repellent
  • Swimmers and a towel

How To Get There

Follow Bruce Highway north from Townsville for 45 minutes then take a left onto Barrett Road. Follow Barrett Road onto Spiegelhauer Road and continue to Big Crystal Creek.


  • Swimming
  • Rock sliding
  • Photography
  • Jumping off waterfalls

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