Eighteen kilometres of steep and winding road (sealed thankfully) will get you to the crest of the Paluma Range (inland to the north west from Townsville). Within an hour of being there in the late afternoon, the mist rolled in. The sounds were deadened and silence prevailed through the night. The air was cool and crisp, unlike the coast it rose above. Walking in the forests was rewarding with birds high in the tree tops, waterfalls and fungi adorning what it could find.
During WW2 the Paluma Range provided a critical communications point for wartime operations in the Pacific.