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Cardwell State Forest

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Five Mile Creek. Photo: Queensland Government.

Five Mile Creek. Photo: Queensland Government.


The traditional owners of this land the Girramay people have a long standing relationship with this area. The Girramay people welcome you to their country and ask that you respect their special place.


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

What's special

Forested mountain ranges are the backdrop to a patchwork of native forests and 2,500 hectares of pine trees (Pinus caribea) 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.

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Location of Cardwell State Forest within Queensland

Last updated
11 September 2018