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Cathu State Forest
Map of Cathu State Forest
Via Bruce Highway
Queensland 4740 Australia

Cathu State Forest
Mackay, Mackay Area

Free Entry

13 0013 0372
13 74 68


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.

Property Details


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform


  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Cycling
  • Walking

Open Times

Note: The State Forest is open 24 hours, with self registration camping.

Other Information

Children are welcome.

Entity Restrictions

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.

Free Entry

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