Cathu State Forest Mackay | Whitsundays

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Things to do

    Camping and accommodation

    Picnic or camp beside Pandanus Creek at Jaxut camping area. This shady area offers picnic tables, a compositing toilet and communal fireplaces. The water flow at Pandanus Creek is highly seasonal, ensure you bring adequate drinking water. Jaxut camping area is approximately 12km west of the Bruce Highway.

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

    Other accommodation

    A range of accommodation including hotels, camping and caravan parks can be found in and around Mackay, Proserpine and Airlie Beach.

    For more information, refer to the tourism information links.

    Driving and trail-bike riding

    Venture out for a scenic drive beyond Jaxut camping area to Cathu lookout. Located 7km from Jaxut camping area the lookout offers spectacular views over the Clarke Range. Suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

    Motorised activities (four-wheel driving and trail bike riding) are allowed on the public access road only. Vehicles must be registered, and drivers licenced. HQPlantations conduct harvesting operations in the State forest, drive with caution as logging trucks share this road.

    Be aware of the give-way code that operates in State forests: motorised vehicles and cyclists give way to horses and walkers; and walkers give way to horses.

    Remember to follow the Parks and forests four-wheel drive and trail-bike ride guidelines.

    Horse riding

    Saddle-up and explore Cathu State forest on horseback. Horse riding is allowed on the public access road in this State forest. Horses are not permitted in Jaxut camping and picnic area.

    Be aware of the give-way code that operates in State forests: motorised vehicles and cyclists give way to horses and walkers; and walkers give way to horses. HQPlantations conduct harvesting operations in the State forest, ride with caution as logging trucks share the road.

    Remember to horse ride with care to minimise your impact on these special natural areas.

    Cycling

    Take your bicycle for a pedal on the public access road through the State forest. Always wear the correct safety gear and avoid cycling on the road when it is wet, muddy and soft.

    Be aware of the give-way code that operates in State forests: motorised vehicles and cyclists give way to horses and walkers; and walkers give way to horses. HQPlantations conduct harvesting operations in the State forest, ride with caution as logging trucks share the public access road.

    Remember to follow the Parks and forests cycle with care guidelines.

    Other things to do

    This is a quiet retreat for people who like to relax and enjoy the bush. We suggest you go for a walk and discover the forest wildlife. Ulysses butterflies, whiptail and agile wallabies and northern quolls live in the forest. Take your binoculars and go birdwatching. More than 100 species of birds have been seen in the forest.

    Enjoy your time in Cathu State forest and remember to check park alerts and HQplantations responsible recreation before you visit.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.