In the scenic Herbert River Valley, Abergowrie State Forest features tropical rainforest, open eucalypt forest and exotic pine plantations adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Broadwater is a large grassy clearing, shaded by tall eucalypts, beside a cool waters of Broadwater Creek.
Set up camp beside the creek and relax in the peaceful surrounds. Book camping well in advance for holiday periods. Stroll along the 1.6 kilometre return Rainforest walk through endangered riparian rainforest and check out the huge old Broadwater fig. Try the longer 3 kilometre return Creek walk through eucalypt and riparian forest to the delightful pools along Broadwater Creek. Cool off with a swim in the pools in the creek. Birdwatch in the rainforest and look for wallabies in the open forest in the afternoons.
The boardwalk at the start of the rainforest walk is wheelchair-accessible and leads to the magnificent Broadwater fig. The toilets, showers and shelter shed in the camping and day-use area are also wheelchair accessible.
How To Get There
From Ingham, travel 27 kilometres via Trebbone along Abergowrie Road. Turn right at Elphinstone Pocket Road and travel a further four kilometres. Turn left at Broadwater Park Road and follow the signs for Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest. From the north, turn off the Bruce Highway at Hawkins Creek Road just north of the Herbert River (2.4 kilometres north of Ingham).Travel 26 kilometres along Hawkins Creek Road. Turn right at the sign for Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest. The last 16 kilometres of both routes is unsealed but can be accessed using conventional vehicles.
Logging trucks use the access roads. A three kilometre section of the road between Broadwater and the Dalrymple Gap walking track has been designated for one-way traffic (east to west) only. Drive with caution when travelling in this area and obey all signs.
Camping fees apply.
Daytime temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year and nights can be very cool. Please carry suitable clothing to accommodate all extremes. May to September is generally the driest period and the best time to visit, but heavy rain can fall at any time. During times of heavy rainfall, especially in the wet season (December to April), access roads may become impassable.
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