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Things to do
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.
- Find out more about camping at Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest.
- Broadwater camping area map
- Book your camp site online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
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 two short walks. Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Rainforest walk—1.6 kilometres return (30 minutes) Grade: easy
This circuit walk passes through endangered riparian rainforest with views of Broadwater Creek. The walk starts at the southern end of the day-use area. A 200 metre wheelchair-accessible boardwalk to a magnificent white fig (Ficus virens var. sublanceolata) commonly known as the Broadwater fig, is the feature of the walk.
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.
Picnic and day-use areas
There is a day-use area with picnic tables and barbecues adjacent to Broadwater Creek. A large shelter shed with gas barbecues caters for family and group picnics. Visitors can enjoy the space, with plenty of room for games in the open, grassy area. A shelter with information on the natural attractions of the area is also provided.
Access to waterholes along Broadwater Creek is from two 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.
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.
- Safety advice: flying foxes at Broadwater camping and day-use area, Abergowrie State Forest 11 January to 1 March 2021
- Wet season safety information: significant stream rises Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest 4 January to 1 March 2021