Tropical Coast national parks

B r o a d w a t e r C r e e k 1 2 1 Tent-based camping area 40 80m Scale 0 Fun in the creek (above); camping at Broadwater (below left); Rainforest walk (below right) Photos: © Fiona O’Grady (above); © Qld Govt (below left); Russell Kluver © Qld Govt (below right) Must dos • Take a dip in the creek’s waterholes and feel your worries wash away. • Enjoy a barbecue lunch in the forest but watch for crafty kookaburras intent on stealing your sausage! Getting there Turn off the Bruce Highway onto Hawkins Creek Road 3.5km north of Ingham and follow the signs for 44km to arrive at Broadwater day- use area. Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest In scenic Herbert River Valley’s tall open forest Broadwater Creek ripples past the shady day-use and camping areas. Here, delight in the pockets of rainforest rich with fan palms, Alexandra palms, birds nest ferns and pink-flowering evodias that line the creek. Things to do Wildlife spotting Watch quietly for noisy pittas, wompoo pigeons and emerald doves in the rainforest. Spotlight at night for rufous owls, feathertail gliders and the infamous native white-tailed rat. Places to go 1 Rainforest walk 1.6km return (30min). Grade: easy Ramble through the rainforest to a magnificent large white fig tree. 2 Creek walk 3km return (1hr). Grade: easy Wander through eucalypt and creek-side forest to pools along Broadwater Creek, upstream from the swimming hole. Places to camp Broadwater camping area 1 is a large grassy area with some private nodes set among tall open forest, beside the creek. Toilets and gas barbecues are provided and campfires are allowed. Enjoy a lazy afternoon picnic, a relaxing camping holiday, a quick dip, and lots of family fun, in Broadwater’s spacious grassy setting beside a waterhole. Safety Bullrouts (venomous freshwater stonefish) live in Broadwater Creek—wear shoes when swimming (see page 27). Photo: © North Queensland Wildscapes Broadwater Creek 13