Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest Townsville | Tropical North Queensland

Set up camp in the open, grassy setting of Broadwater camping area, surrounded by tall eucalypt forests. Photo credit: Russell Kluver © Queensland Government

Photo credit: Russell Kluver © Queensland Government

Spend hours exploring the serenely beautiful Broadwater Creek. Photo credit: Paul Curtis © North Queensland Wildscapes

Broadwater camping area

Camp in this broad grassy camping area surrounded by eucalypt forest, and spend your days walking, swimming, canoeing and relaxing.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Camping area facilities

  • Wood-fired barbecue (BYO wood)
  • Electric/fuel barbecue (free of charge)
  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
  • Picnic tables (some sheltered)
  • Toilets (flush)
  • Tent camping
  • Caravan camping
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Campervan camping
  • Motor home camping
  • Cold showers
  • Tent camping beside car
  • Short walk to tent
  • Walking
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

With eucalypt forest and a creek as a backdrop, Broadwater camping area is great place to stay. Fall asleep to nocturnal rustlings and wake to a dawn chorus of forest birds. It's very popular during weekends and school holidays so ensure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Wet a line in the creek (but not near the main swimming hole) or cool off with a dip. Enjoy a fry-up on the wood-fired barbeque or sit around the fire ring and swap stories by firelight. Stretch your legs on the nearby Rainforest and Creek walks and, in winter (when conditions are safe), canoe in sections of Broadwater Creek.

Getting there and getting around

The Broadwater camping area is in Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest, 47km north west of Ingham.

  • The camping area is 16km along an unsealed access road from the entrance to the state forest.

For more information see visiting safely and getting there and getting around.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Broadwater camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Camping area features: a shady area under tall eucalypt trees, with a cool creek nearby.

Location: 16km from the forest entrance.

Map: Broadwater camping area map (PDF, 357.4KB)

Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle. It is accessible to trailers, caravans, campervans, buses and motorhomes.

Number of sites: 13 sites (separate but not numbered) and 2 large open areas without separately defined sites. All camp sites are unpowered.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, walk-in camping, campervans, caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes and large groups.

Camp site surface: grass.

Facilities: flushing toilets, cold showers, picnic tables, gas barbecues (in day-use area) and communal fire rings.

Open fires: allowed in fire rings only (except when fire bans apply). Fuel stoves are recommended.

Generators: Generators are permitted between 9am and 12 pm (midday). Generators must only be operated at less than 65dB(A), when measured 7m from the generator.

Essentials to bring: firewood, drinking water, insect repellent and rubbish bags. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Advance bookings are required for weekends and school holidays.

Mobile phone coverage: not available.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Broadwater, Abergowrie safely and camp with care.