Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest Townsville | Tropical North Queensland

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

Things to do

    Photo of Broadwater fig on the rainforest walk.

    Broadwater fig on the rainforest walk.

    Photo credit: © Queensland Government

    Camping and accommodation


    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 weekends and school holidays. Ensure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

    Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

    Other accommodation

    A range of accommodation, including hotels, campgrounds and caravan parks, can be found at Cardwell and Ingham. For more information see the tourism information links.


    See the rainforest on 2 short walks. For more information see Journeys.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    There is a day-use area with picnic tables and barbecues adjacent to Broadwater Creek. For more information see Attractions.


    Access to waterholes along Broadwater Creek is from 2 points in the day-use area and various locations along the Creek walk. Wear old sneakers when swimming, as venomous bullrout fish may inhabit the waters. Be aware of the required first-aid procedures. For more information see Attractions.

    Viewing wildlife

    Two distinct vegetation communities are found at Broadwater—rainforest and open forest. There is a small area of rainforest adjacent to the day-use area where a large white fig (Ficus virens var. sublanceolata) commonly known as the Broadwater fig, can be observed from a wheelchair-accessible track. Fan palms, black beans, Alexandra palms, strangler figs, pink-flowered evodia, birds nest ferns and staghorn ferns are just some of the plants in the rainforest. 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.

    The open dry sclerophyll forest has a grassy understorey where agile wallabies can often be seen. This forest is dominated by forest red gum, brown salwood and swamp mahogany. 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.

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