Broadwater Creek Day Trip

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Broadwater Creek Overflow

The clear tropical North Queensland winter weather prompted a SWIT Guide trip to Broadwater Creek.

In recent times, extensive forestry operations have taken place in the vicinity of Broadwater Creek National Park, resulting in the removal of many pine trees.  This enabled us to admire the vast expanses of the mountainous escarpment scenery from the road.

Upon our arrival at the camping area, Otto took us on the Broadwater Creek Overflow Walk.  The water at the Overflow was crystal clear and there was also a natural spa.  Although it looked very tempting we didn't go swimming as the water felt quite cold.  Had we decided to venture in for a swim, we could have easily remedied the chilly feeling by basking in the warm sunshine.  Next, we went on a Creek Walk, followed by a Rainforest Walk.

Cycle through Abergowrie State Forest. (Photo courtesy SWIT Guide)
  It was here that we saw the giant Strangler Fig Tree which was a definite highlight for us.

Lunch has played an important part in our day trips.  We needed energy and nutrition without weighing us down.  'Cardwell Fruit and Veg' provided the perfect solution.  Speaking with the friendly staff twenty-four hours in advance we were able to arrange and pay for our lunches.  The menu included fruit juice, fruit salad and a crispy fresh garden salad.  We were tempted by treats, choosing chocolate coated almonds which we all loved!

What lunch would be complete without a 'cuppa'?  Otto's kettle had a unique organ-like whistle.  My daughter harmonized.  It is fondly remembered, a talking point at home.

On the return trip to Cardwell we completed 17 km of mountain bike cycling through the Abergowrie State Forest.  The terrain was gently undulating to predominantly flat.  The ride was well within our comfort zones.  The bike helmet visors did little to shelter our faces from the warm and welcome Queensland sunshine. 

Vehicle drivers who passed us were very courteous and slowed down so as not to stir up dust.  Otto followed us in the 4WD and sounded the horn to warn us when cars were approaching from the rear.

Our Day Trip was now at an end.  We have a collection of memories, digital camera photos, are a little more physically fit and certainly appreciate North Queensland's natural world.

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Broadwater Creek Overflow
Broadwater Creek Overflow
Cycle through Abergowrie State For…
Cycle through Abergowrie State Fo…
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