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Broadwater camping area

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Broadwater camping area

Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (flush) No toilets
Cold showers No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
Wood barbecues (BYO wood) No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables (some sheltered) No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access

Legend

Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (flush) No toilets
Cold showers No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
Wood barbecues (BYO wood) No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables (some sheltered) No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
World Heritage Area

Camp in this broad grassy camping area surrounded by eucalypt forest, and spend your days walking, swimming, canoeing and relaxing.

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Relax and listen to the rich birdlife at Broadwater camping area.
Relax and listen to the rich birdlife at Broadwater camping area. Paul Curtis © North Queensland Wildscapes
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With eucalypt forest and a creek as a backdrop, Broadwater camping area is great place to stay. Fall asleep to nocturnal rustlings and wake to a dawn chorus of forest birds. It's very popular during weekends and school holidays so ensure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Wet a line in the creek (but not near the main swimming hole) or cool off with a dip. Enjoy a fry-up on the wood-fired barbeque or sit around the fire ring and swap stories by firelight. Stretch your legs on the nearby Rainforest and Creek walks and, in winter (when conditions are safe), canoe in sections of Broadwater Creek.

At a glance

Camping layout: Separate unnumbered sites
Site surface: Grass
Camp sites are suitable for: Tent camping beside car; Short walk to tent; camper trailer; caravan; campervan; motorhome
Facilities: cold showers picnic tables camp fires allowed generators allowed bins
Permits and fees: camping permits

Getting there and getting around

The Broadwater camping area is in Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest, 47km north west of Ingham.

  • The camping area is 16km along an unsealed access road from the entrance to the state forest.
  • Logging trucks use the access roads to Broadwater and the southern end of the Dalrymple Gap track. 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.
  • To reach Broadwater, Abergowrie from Ingham, travel 27km west along Abergowrie Road via Trebbone,then turn right at Elphinstone Pocket Road and drive a further 4km to the state forest entrance.
  • To reach Broadwater, Abergowrie from the north, turn west off the Bruce Highway onto Hawkins Creek Road, just north of the Herbert River, and drive 26km to the state forest entrance.

Road conditions

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

Parking

Park at your camp site.

Wheelchair access

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

When to visit

Opening hours

Broadwater camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

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

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.

Open fires

  • Fires are only permitted in the fire rings provided. 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 provided 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.

Camping

  • You can use generators between 9am and 12pm (midday) if less than 65dB(A) at 7m from the generator.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Walking

Fishing

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: 28 January 2020
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