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Rainforest walk

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Rainforest walk

Walking No Walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Legend

Walking No walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

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

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A magnificent white fig, commonly known as the Broadwater fig, is the feature of the Rainforest walk.
A magnificent white fig, commonly known as the Broadwater fig, is the feature of the Rainforest walk. Russell Kluver © Queensland Government
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A wheelchair-accessible boardwalk leads from the southern end of the Broadwater day-use area and brings you to the imposing white fig, known as the Broadwater fig, a magnificent (although slightly battered) tree that has survived recent cyclones.

The circuit track continues through endangered riparian rainforest featuring fan palms, black beans, Alexandra palms, strangler figs, bird's nest ferns and staghorn ferns. Enjoy views of Broadwater Creek along the way. As you walk, listen and look for rainforest birds such as noisy pittas, wompoo pigeons, emerald doves, orange-footed scrubfowl and spotted catbirds. Relax with a picnic in the day-use area after your walk.

At a glance

Distance: 1.6km return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 30mins walking time.
Grade:
Journey type: Walk

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Getting there and getting around

The Rainforest walk is in Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest, 47km north west of Ingham.

  • The Rainforest walk begins from the Broadwater day-use area, 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 access roads, making the park inaccessible.
  • 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 the Broadwater day-use area.

Wheelchair access

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

When to visit

Opening hours

  • 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.

Drinking water

Rubbish

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

Walking

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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