Broadwater State Forest is located 45km West of Ingham – North Queensland Australia.
Ingham is 110 kms north of Townsville and 240 kms south of Cairns along the Bruce Highway and is the commercial centre of the Hinchinbrook Shire.
(From May 2013, self-registration will no longer be available at this camping area. Campers will need to purchase an e-camping permit before arriving at the camping area).
Broadwater State Forest is one of the most popular camping, picnic and bird watching locations in North Queensland. With facilities including gas BBQ’s and on-site showers the main drawcard to this popular location is the 1.6km walk to the Giant Fig Tree. The Boardwalk has been fully replaced after suffering damage during Cyclone Yasi.
Broadwater is also a great place for a day visit. It has a special day visitor area with covered picnic areas with gas barbecues, picnic tables, toilets and cold showers.
Choose from short walks, swimming, birdwatching, or just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility that the forest has to offer.
The sizeable open areas cater for large groups, making it a popular destination for school groups during the week.
● Bird Watching
Most sought after birds in Broadwater are the Lesser Sooty Owl– February to July and the Double-eyed Fig-parrot seen normally July to December.
● There are two access routes to Broadwater
From Ingham travel 27 kilometres via Trebonne along Abergowrie Road. Turn right at Elphinstone Pocket Road and travel a further four kilometres. Turn left at the sign for Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest.
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.
These routes converge just outside the State forest boundary. From here the last 16 kilometres is unsealed but can be accessed in most cases using conventional vehicles.
At times Logging Trucks access these roads so care must be taken.
● Check Road Conditions
It’s a good idea to call in to the Tyto Wetland Information Centre (Located 500m South of Ingham on the Bruce Highway) to check on road conditions.
● Best time to visit Broadwater
The best time to visit is during the cooler months, (May to September). During the wet season (December to April), flooding may temporarily close access roads. However is a popular spot at Easter if the weather permits.
● Wheelchair accessibility
The toilets, showers and shelter shed in the camping and day-use area are wheelchair accessible.
Access to waterholes along Broadwater Creek is from two points in the day-use area and various locations along the creek walk.
Broadwater camping area provides opportunities to enjoy the surrounding rainforest and creek environments and provides sites for small and large groups, and caravans.
It is a very popular camping area during long weekends and Easter. Ensure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Campsites are not powered.
● Mobile phone coverage
No pets allowed. Domestic animals are not permitted in Abergowrie State Forest.
No generators allowed.
Fires are only permitted in the fire rings provided. (except when fire bans apply). Campers need to bring firewood as it is no longer supplied and must not be collected.
water (treat all water before drinking), flushing toilets, cold showers, picnic tables, gas barbecues (in day-use area), communal fire rings and a bulk rubbish bin.
For more information and Bookings click here.
A range of accommodation, including motels, hotels, campgrounds and caravan parks, can be found in Ingham. Please refer to our Ingham Page.
Fuel and supplies:
Fuel and supplies are available in Ingham. Please refer to our Ingham Page.
Rainforest walk—1.6 kilometres return (30 minutes)
The 1.6km walk to the Giant Fig Tree has been partially reopened after suffering damage during Cyclone Yasi. It is interesting to see how this area is recovering from the Cyclone. Creek walk—3 kilometres return (1 hour) Grade: easy For the more energetic this walk commences in the main camping area and leads through eucalypt and riparian forest to the delightful pools along Broadwater Creek. It ends at the ‘Overflow’, on the boundary of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Dalrymple Gap Walking Track
The Dalrymple Gap Walking Track is a rugged walking trail that follows the original bullock trail over the Cardwell Range. The track is some 8 km end to end and takes 4 hours to walk one way.
You can access it in the south on the road to Broadwater State Forest, and in the North 14km north of Cardwell on the Bruce Highway.
For more information: http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/dalrymple-gap/index.html
Wet Tropics Great Walk
For adventurous hikers and nature enthusiasts, a system of walks has been developed in the Herbert Valley hinterland, aimed at showcasing the rich natural diversity – unique landforms, flora and fauna.
The 110km Wet Tropics Great Walk system takes hikers through rainforest, heathland, eucalypt forest and woodlands of Girrungun National Park. It traverses Wet Tropics world Heritage Area from the spectacular Wallaman Falls to Blencoe Falls.
The entire trek can take up to eight days to complete and highlights include waterfalls, river gorges and the opportunity to spot fascinating and endangered wildlife. This section of the walk is suited to walkers with a high level of fitness.
For the walker with more moderate levels of fitness you can try the Wallaman Falls section of the Great Walk which can take up to three days. Permits need to be arranged through internet booking.
For more information, click here.
Animals in the area include the noisy pitta, wompoo pigeon, emerald dove, orange-footed scrubfowl, spotted catbird, white-tailed rat, yellow-footed antechinus and the Hercules moth.
Also Rufous owls, blue-winged kookaburras, forest kingfishers, eastern yellow robins, feathertail gliders and common brushtail possums are just some of the animals that may be seen.
Board walk around Fig Tree at Broadwater
Foot bridge to swimming hole at Broadwater