The Big Crystal Creek in Queensland, Australia

Beautiful freshwater swim holes, fun rock slides, smooth boulders, waterfalls, ancient rainforest, mini turtles and giant blue butterflies. These things are to be found in and around the Big Crystal Creek.

Big crystal creek Australia

The Crystal creek is located in Paluma Range national park about 80km north of Townsville in Queensland on east coast of Australia. The Paluma national park itself deserve much time for exploration but if your time is limited then a short stop to the Crystal Creek is totally worth it!

Unfortunately during our visit in 2014, I was not blogging so I don’t have much information or photos provided but I hope that this post will inspire you somehow to one day visit Crystal Creek and the surrounding area.

Due to the time constraints we only had a day and a night in the park and with our clumsy camper van we weren’t able to go further than to the Big Crystal Creek. To reach the Big Crystal Creek, it is an easy drive off the Bruce Highway and then into the unsealed Spiegelhauer Road.

By the Big Crystal Creek there is a Camping area where we spent our night. Only a few meters away you will find this peaceful Paradise swim hole. 

If you are lucky like we were, you will have the freshwater swim hole all for yourself! 

A Kookabura that kept his eyes on me. I couldn’t tell if he was friendly or angry but I let him fly away before I dared to pass by.

Paradise swim hole Big Crystal creek Australia

Paradise swim hole Big Crystal Creek Australia

Paradise swim hole, it is paradise indeed!

I wish my photos could make more justice to this place showing perfectly the big blue butterflies flying above our heads and the sound of the nature!

Paradise swim hole Big Crystal Creek Australia

In this crystal clear water we swam with cute small turtles..tortoises? Unfortunately no photo proof !

About 1-2km walk away from the camping site you can find beautiful waterfalls, the swimming holes filled with clear water and natural water slides surrounded by one of the oldest rainforest in the world!

And yet again we were the only one there!

Big Crystal Creek Swim hole Australia

Big Crystal creek swim hole Australia

If only we would have taken more time to discover other waterfalls and do some hikes in Paluma national park. But I guess we just have to return!

What do you guys think? Is Crystal Creek a great place to chill?

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  1. The pictures are just amazing. The water looks gorgeous and so clean. I would love to just sit on the rocks and dip my feet here – observe the birds and the water around. It just feels so calming to even think of it. Cheers

  2. Oh, the water in the Big crystal creek is so clear. And how amazingly it reflects the trees is mind blowing. I loved your photographs. The place seems huge and seems you had great fun swimming. And the fact that you guys were the only ones present there makes me want to visit it so badly.

  3. Abigail Sinsona Reply

    I have a long list of bucket list items in Queensland in Australia. This is another one to add to that long list. The beautiful water and the lush surrounding combine to make this an ultimate bucket list destination for anyone!

  4. Abhinav Singh Reply

    I was in Australia last month. I did the Great Ocean Road and loved it. I am Paluma Range national park must be as good. Loved the image of Kookabura. I had a fleeting glimpse of one during my trip. I would love to spend some time here during my next visit.

  5. Yes, definitely looks like a great place to chill! I can’t believe there were turtles in there. I wish you had captured photos of them! This surprisingly reminds me of a place I hike to back at home in Seattle. Gorg. Thanks for sharing

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