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Broadwater day-use area

Paul Curtis © North Queensland Wildscapes

Broadwater day-use area

Picnic tables No picnic tables
Sheltered picnic tables No sheltered picnic tables
Toilets (flush) No toilets
Electric/gas barbecues No barbecues
No lookouts
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mooring points No mooring points
Anchoring allowed (conditions apply) No anchoring
World Heritage Area

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Picnic tables No picnic tables
Sheltered picnic tables No sheltered picnic tables
Toilets (flush) No toilets
Electric/gas barbecues No barbecues
No lookouts
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mooring points No mooring points
Anchoring allowed (conditions apply) No anchoring
World Heritage Area
Enjoy a swim in the creek, a picnic in the shade, a walk in the rainforest or even a ball game in the large, open grassy area.
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Broadwater day-use area is a great place for a day visit.
Broadwater day-use area is a great place for a day visit. Paul Curtis © North Queensland Wildscapes
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With its peaceful forests, short walks, swimming holes and birdlife, Broadwater is a great destination for a day trip. Pack a picnic or use one of the free gas barbecues and enjoy lunch under the shelter or in the shade. The large open space makes Broadwater a popular choice for group gatherings and school excursions.

Birdwatchers will enjoy the action—brush turkeys are common visitors along with orange-footed scrubfowl, blue-winged kookaburras and forest kingfishers. Walk off your lunch with an easy stroll on the Rainforest or Creek walks then cool off in waterholes along Broadwater Creek—remember to pack your bathers!

At a glance

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Top things to see and do

Discover the cascades of the beautiful Broadwater Creek on the Creek walk.

Creek walk

Explore open eucalypt forest, look for birds and take a dip in the delightful waterholes of Broadwater Creek...

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

Rainforest walk

Spot wildlife, enjoy tantalising creek views and discover the famed Broadwater fig on this circuit walk through lush...

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

Broadwater camping area

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

Getting there and getting around

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

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

Parking

There is ample parking at this day-use area.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and supplies are available from Ingham.

Wheelchair access

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

When to visit

Opening hours

Broadwater day-use area 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

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

  • Gas barbeques are provided in the day-use area.
  • Open fires are not allowed.

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.

Walking

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: 22 March 2018
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