Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest Townsville | Tropical North Queensland

Discover the cascades of the beautiful Broadwater Creek on the Creek walk. Photo credit: © Jodie Bray

Photo credit: Russell Kluver © Queensland Government

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

Be inspired: Camping ‘nature fix’ for families at Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest

We all lead busy lives, balancing work, school and play. How long since your last nature fix? Photo credit: © North Queensland Wildscapes

Creek walk

Explore open eucalypt forest, look for birds and take a dip in the delightful waterholes of Broadwater Creek along the way.

Journey type
3km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1hr walking time.
Easy (walk)

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)
  • Walking

Follow this walk through eucalypt and riparian forest to waterholes along Broadwater Creek. Bring your bathers and refresh in the pools as you walk. Starting from the Broadwater camping area, the walk leads to the 'Overflow' on the boundary of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, then returns along the same track.

As you walk through the open forest, look for agile wallabies in the grassy understory. Among the red gum, brown salwood and swamp mahogany trees, you'll also see blue-winged kookaburras, forest kingfishers, eastern yellow robins. Relax with a picnic in the Broadwater day-use area after your walk.

Getting there and getting around

The Creek walk is in Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest, 47km north west of Ingham.

  • The Creek walk begins from the Broadwater camping area, 16km along an unsealed access road from the entrance to the state forest.
  • Logging trucks use the access roads to Broadwater and the southern end of the Dalrymple Gap track. To reduce the risk of collision, a 3km section of the road between the Dalrymple Gap walking track and Broadwater is one-way (east to west) only. Take care when travelling in this area and obey all signs.
  • To reach Broadwater, Abergowrie from Ingham, travel 27km west along Abergowrie Road via Trebbone,then turn right at Elphinstone Pocket Road and drive a further 4km to the state forest entrance.
  • To reach Broadwater, Abergowrie from the north, turn west off the Bruce Highway onto Hawkins Creek Road, just north of the Herbert River, and drive 26km to the state forest entrance.

Wheelchair access

The boardwalk at the start of the Rainforest walk, the toilets and showers in the Broadwater camping area and the shelter shed in the Broadwater day-use area are wheelchair-accessible.

Drinking water

You can collect water from the creek and from the taps provided in the nearby camping area.

  • Treat all water before use.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Creek walk is open 24 hours a day.

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

Visiting safely

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