Cardwell State Forest Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Jodie Bray © Queensland Government

Forested mountain ranges are the backdrop to a patchwork of native forests and 2,500 hectares of pine trees (Pinus caribaea) in the Cardwell area. Streams draining the hills intermittently on their way to the sea have formed a series of waterholes and rainforest fringed creeks, which offer a refreshing stop for locals and travellers.


Cardwell State Forest is located approximately 164km north of Townsville and 182km south of Cairns.


The Traditional Owners of this land the Girramay people have a longstanding relationship with this area. The Girramay people welcome you to their country and ask that you respect their special place.

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Park facilities

  • Barbecue (wood/fuel/coin)
  • No campfires
  • Lookout
  • No rubbish bins
  • Parking area
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • No camping
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Dogs permitted (on leash)