Crystal Clear, Queensland, Australia

Crystal creek and it’s lush vegetation, Northern Queensland, Australia

Crystal creek and it’s lush vegetation, Northern Queensland, Australia

Crystal Creek descents from the great Dividing Range around 80 kms north of Townsville, as does its little brother Little Crystal Creek.

Naturalist delight at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Naturalist delight at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Originating from Lake Paluma in Paluma State Forest, this already clear water gets filtered even more on its way to the coast, the water is literally crystal clear.

Cascades at Little Crystal Creek, Far North Queensland, Australia

Cascades at Little Crystal Creek, Far North Queensland, Australia

Numerous cascades emerge throughout its journey down the mountains, too many to name. Easiest accessible are the cascades upstream of an old, stone-brick bridge.

Priceless effort at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Priceless effort at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

This bridge was built in the 1950’s and made to last. This was a monumental effort by nearby communities, knowing how destructive water torrents in flash floods can be.

Little Crystal Creek Bridge, Far North Queensland, Australia

Little Crystal Creek Bridge, Far North Queensland, Australia

It looked like an old English bridge, ideal for Robin Hood to ambush her majesties valuable transports. Tree logging has played a huge role in rural history and therefore, this bridge is well constructed and won’t be moved by anything for a while. 

Making my own tracks at Little Crystal Creek, Far North Queensland, Australia

Making my own tracks at Little Crystal Creek, Far North Queensland, Australia

I followed a track uphill from the bridge to some fascinating cascades.

Further up Little Crystal Creek, Far North Queensland, Australia

Further up Little Crystal Creek, Far North Queensland, Australia

The track ended here for most, not for me. I noticed more cascades further upstream and my sense of adventure kicked right in to gear. The boulders were dry and smooth, which would be insanely slippery in wet conditions.

Dry Little Crystal Creek bed, Far North Queensland, Australia

Dry Little Crystal Creek bed, Far North Queensland, Australia

Even though in fairly fast flowing pace, the creek bed extended to dry boulders at the time of my visit. A fairly big and steep boulder ended me and my well worn South Africa crocs in its tracks. There were more cascades upstream but I left that for next time.

 

Stopped in my tracks at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Stopped in my tracks at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

The immense size of boulders, flanked by large palm trees was astounding. Plus the fact that again, no one else was here.

Looking downstream towards the bridge at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Looking downstream towards the bridge at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

I made my way back towards this colossal bridge, which looked even more impressive from this angle.

Bridge over troubled waters at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Bridge over troubled waters at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Bricks over boulders.

See through view at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

See through view at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Standing underneath it felt a bit spooky, yet added depth in photography.

Forest view at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Forest view at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

The view in to the forest from the waterfalls underneath the bridge was amazing. All aspects of water, sky and forest were included, yet, hard to get in to one photo.

Colours and shapes at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Colours and shapes at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

I was able to do so from the other side of the waterfall, looking upstream towards the bridge.

Perfect ambush scenario at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Perfect ambush scenario at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Yep, Robin Hood would have been unstoppable here. 

Golden reflections at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Golden reflections at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

Time is flying when you’re having fun and it was late afternoon already. I decided to drive up to Lake Paluma for an overnight camp.

In peace with nature at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

In peace with nature at Little Crystal Creek, Northern Queensland, Australia

The warm light of the setting sun reflected just as brilliantly over the crystal clear creek water. Just wow. 

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