Along the rugged Clarke Range behind the Whitsunday coast, Cathu State Forest offers a quiet retreat for nature lovers. Featuring tall eucalypts, dense rainforest and pine plantations, this forest also provides magnificent views over the Whitsunday coastline. Take binoculars to watch wildlife: more than 100 species of birds, exquisite Ulysses butterflies, whiptail and agile wallabies, and northern quolls. Bushwalk or drive scenic tracks. From Clarke Range lookout, seven kilometres from the camping area, enjoy the views. Picnic or camp beside seasonal Pandanus Creek. Before cycling or horse riding, contact Queensland Parks and Wildlife Mackay. Dogs are permitted on a leash and in daytime only.
Children are welcome.
Roads may be closed during wet weather or high fire danger. Firewood is supplied.
How To Get There
The park is 72 kilometres north of Mackay. It's suitable for conventional vehicles, though access road may be rough. The roads are unsuitable for caravans. Vehicle permits are required for access beyond the camping area.
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