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Abergowrie State Forest

Paul Curtis © North Queensland Wildscapes

Abergowrie State Forest

Tucked away in tropical rainforest and open eucalypt forest, choose between walking, swimming or simply relaxing.

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Broadwater day-use area is a great place for a swim and a picnic!
Broadwater day-use area is a great place for a swim and a picnic! Paul Curtis © North Queensland Wildscapes
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Nestled in the scenic Herbert River valley, Broadwater, in Abergowrie State Forest, is the perfect place for a day trip or weekend away. Walk through lush rainforest or open eucalypt forest, cool off with a swim in Broadwater Creek, picnic on the shady grass or camp for the night.

Plant-lovers will be spoilt for choice in the rainforest. On the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk on the Rainforest walk, wander amongst fan palms, black beans, strangler figs and bird's nest ferns. Listen and look for all your favourite rainforest birds, such as noisy pittas, wompoo pigeons, emerald doves, orange-footed scrubfowl and spotted catbirds.

Meanwhile, on the Creek walk, you’ll often see agile wallabies in the grassy understorey of the open eucalypt forest. Birds are plentiful here too. Look for blue-winged kookaburras, forest kingfishers, eastern yellow robins, and at night, spot for rufous owls.

Cool off in waterholes along Broadwater Creek accessed from the day-use area and various locations along the Creek walk. At lunchtime, be enticed by the delicious aroma of sizzling sausages wafts across the day-use area, a large grassy area perfect for school groups and large gatherings.

If you’re staying the night, the expansive grassy Broadwater camping area surrounded by open eucalypt forest is the perfect place to end a day spent enjoying nature.

Keep discovering

Top things to see and do

Set up camp in the open, grassy setting of Broadwater camping area, surrounded by tall eucalypt forests.

Abergowrie's camping areas

See Abergowrie's camping area.

Spend sunset by the creek at Broadwater day-use area.

Abergowrie's attractions

See Abergowrie's day-use area.

Take refuge from a hot day in the cool of the rainforest on the Rainforest walk.

Abergowrie's journeys

See Abergowrie's walks.

Getting there and getting around

Getting there

Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest, is 47km north-west of Ingham. There are two access routes to Broadwater, from Ingham and from the north, and both are suitable for 2WDs.

From Ingham

  • Turn west onto Abergowrie Road and travel 27km via Trebbone.
  • Turn right at Elphinstone Pocket Road and drive a further 4km then turn left at the sign for Broadwater.

From the north

  • Turn west off the Bruce Highway at Hawkins Creek Road just north of the Herbert River, 2.4km north of Ingham.
  • Drive 26km along Hawkins Creek Road then turn right at the sign for Broadwater.

Getting around

  • Drive 16km from the state forest boundary to the Broadwater camping area and Broadwater day-use area.
  • Logging trucks also use these access roads. To reduce the risk of collision, a 3km section of the road between the Dalrymple Gap walking track and Broadwater is one-way (east to west) only. Take care when travelling in this area and obey all signs.

Road conditions

  • The 16km road from the state forest boundary to the camping and day-use areas is unsealed but can be accessed by 2WDs.
  • During the wet season (December to April), flooding may temporarily close the access roads and the park.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and supplies are available at Ingham.

Wheelchair access

The boardwalk at the start of the Rainforest walk, the shelter shed in the Broadwater day-use area, and the toilets and showers in the Broadwater camping area are wheelchair-accessible.

Camping

Camp in the spacious grassy Broadwater camping area, surrounded by tall, open eucalypt forests. This is a very popular camping area during weekends and school holidays!

Other accommodation

Walking

Explore the forest on two short walks that start from the camping and day-use areas.

Map of walking tracks

Picnicking

Relax with a picnic near Broadwater Creek. Enjoy the space, with plenty of room for games in the open, grassy day-use area with picnic tables and barbecues adjacent to the creek.

Viewing wildlife

In the rainforest near the day-use area you'll see fan palms, black beans, Alexandra palms, strangler figs, pink-flowered evodia, bird's nest ferns and staghorn ferns. Keep an eye out for birds such as noisy pittas, wompoo pigeons, emerald doves, orange-footed scrubfowl and spotted catbirds.  With a bit of luck you may even see a cassowary. Be cass-o-wary!

Spotlight in the evenings around your camp site for giant white-tailed rats, yellow-footed antechinus and Hercules moths. In the open forest dominated by forest red gums, brown salwoods and swamp mahoganys, scan the canopy for rufous owls, blue-winged kookaburras, forest kingfishers, eastern yellow robins, feathertail gliders and common brushtail possums.

Canoeing and kayaking

You can canoe and kayak in short sections of Broadwater Creek during the winter months. During the summer wet season, strong currents and high water levels can make the creek dangerous.

Swimming

You can access the swimming waterholes in Broadwater Creek from two points in the day-use area and at various locations along the Creek walk.

  • Wear footwear when swimming and take care when investigating unusual rocks or objects, as venomous fish called bullrouts live in some creeks.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.

Fishing

You can fish in Broadwater Creek although you can't fish in the main swimming hole. We encourage catch-and-release fishing at Broadwater!

When to visit

Opening hours

Abergowrie State Forest is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest has a tropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 23–32°C in summer and 14–25°C in winter. May to September is generally the driest period and the best time to visit, but heavy rain can fall at any time.

Permits and fees

Camping permits

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

None. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

Brochure

Download this brochure and take it with you:

Information provided in this guide is correct at the time of printing. Check park alerts for the latest details.

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
  • Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.

Camping

  • You can use a generator between 9am and 12pm (midday). Generators must only be operated at less than 65dB(A), when measured 7m from the generator.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Open fires

  • Barbeques are provided in the Broadwater day-use area. Open fires are not allowed.
  • Fires are permitted only in the fire rings provided in the Broadwater camping area. You need to bring your own clean firewood from outside the state forest as you can't collect firewood from inside the state forest. We recommend fuel stoves for cooking.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Drinking water

  • You can collect water from the creek and from the taps in the camping area.
  • Treat all water before use.

Rubbish

  • Dispose of your rubbish in the bulk rubbish bin near the entrance to the park.

Walking

Fishing

  • Fishing is not allowed in the main swimming hole (the area extends 300m above and below the swimming platform).
  • We encourage catch-and-release fishing.
  • Fisheries regulations apply. You can obtain information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures from Fisheries Queensland.
  • Fish Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Around water

  • Venomous fish called bullrouts live in the creek. Wear footwear when swimming and take care when investigating rocks or objects in the water.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.
Last updated: 09 August 2019
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