Pack up the 4WD and take the family for a daytrip to Broadwater, in the northern section of D’Aguilar National Park.
Roll out the rug and enjoy a picnic lunch at the picturesque day-use area, lazing beneath tall, majestic gum trees. Enjoy the company of local wildlife residents—koalas, kookaburras and lace monitors call the forests here home.
Take a short stroll to Neurum Creek where a large, forest-fringed waterhole provides a popular spot for a refreshing swim. Kids will love rock-hopping and playing around the trickling stream and boulders—don’t forget your bathers!
Take the long way home with a detour onto the scenic 4WD and trail bike road network, easily accessible from Broadwater.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
Broadwater day-use area is in the North D'Aguilar section of D'Aguilar National Park, about about 97km from the city of Brisbane and 20km from Woodford, near the park's northern entrance.
- A 4WD or trail bike is recommended to access Broadwater.
- The maximum speed limit on forest roads is 50km/hr and all road rules apply.
- Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
- Read trail bike ride with care for tips on riding safely and riding with care.
From the south
- From the south, drive 24km from Dayboro, via Mount Mee Road (tourist route number 29) and Sellin Road to the park's southern entrance.
- Continue north along the Mount Mee forest drive to the turn-off to Broadwater.
From the north
- From the north, drive about 17km from Woodford, via the D'Aguilar Highway, Neurum, Stanton and Rassmussen roads to the park's northern entrance.
- Continue along Lovedays Road to the turn-off to Broadwater.
- The roads in North D'Aguilar section can be rough and are often closed after heavy rain.
- The Mount Mee forest drive, is a formed, unsealed gravel road that requires a 4WD.
- See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
- Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
You can park in the small car park at the entrance to the day-use area.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available from Dayboro and D’Aguilar townships in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
A designated car park, picnic tables and toilets are wheelchair accessible with assistance.
When to visit
Broadwater is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Climate and weather
The mountain tops and forest flats of the D'Aguilar Range may experience cooler temperatures and more rainfall than Brisbane city, which enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range in Brisbane city is 22–30°C in summer and 12–22°C in winter.
Permits and fees
- 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.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
Unreliable. Check with your service provider for more information.
- Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
- In conditions of high fire danger, walking tracks and other areas may be closed. For your safety, follow instructions on signs. If you see a bushfire or any illegal activity, please phone emergency services as soon as possible.
- During times of park closures, please follow any advice from signs or directed by Park Rangers.
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.
- Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.
- Open fires are not allowed.
- There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- We recommend that you bring your own drinking water.
- Rainwater, stored in tanks, supplies the taps in this day-use area. Treat all water before use.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.
- Do not jump or dive into the creek at Broadwater.
- Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.