If you love a little 4wd adventure followed by a refreshing swim then you need to head to Broadwater in the D’Aguilar National Park. A popular spot during the hot summer months, Broadwater is located at the northern end of the national park, Mount Mee section, a short walking distance from Archer Camp Sites and off Neurum Creek Road.
Broadwater has a car park off Neurum Creek Road and well maintained small picnic area, with tables situated under large gum trees to offer some re-leaf from the summer heat. There is also a composting toilet, which is wheelchair accessible via a compact gravel track. During drier periods, this picnic area can become quite dusty with passing traffic over the unsealed gravel road nearby. Parents should also be on alert if picnicking with small children at Broadwater, as there is only limited fencing from the road a few short meters away. So keep kids close and safe.
The waterhole, one of many along Neurum Creek, is accessible via a walking track from the picnic area. A short distance of 200 metres brings you to a lovely little swimming spot, perfect for small kayaks and floatation devices. There is also a nice bank area along the waterhole, to lay out in the sun and dry off before heading back to the 4wd. If you’re concerned about the swimming hole being too deep for little ones, either side of the water mass is a trickling stream that runs over rocks and boulders. These spots are great for kids to explore nature and have some fun, from leaf boat races, rock collecting to boulder hoping, whilst still enjoying a little water play. They’ll have a great time investigating and exploring all Broadwater has to offer.
For your safety, Queensland National Parks advises to take care near waterholes, never dive or jump into water, it may be shallower than it looks and there could be hidden or submerged objects. Take care also on wet and slippery rocks and always keep children under close supervision.
There are two ways to get to Broadwater depending on how much 4wd you wish to do, or where in the Moreton Bay Region you live or are visiting.
The quickest route to Broadwater is on Neurum Creek Road from the Woodford or Mount Mee end of the National Park. Whilst 4wd is highly recommended, especially after wet weather, soft-roaders can access the swimming hole during good weather. Be aware that this road is unsealed from the Rasmussen Road turn off, keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of you to avoid cracked windscreens and stone chips.
If you’re out for a full day adventure and really want to arrive at Broadwater the ‘long way round’, then you need to drive from Dayboro to Laceys Creek Road. This is a 4wd only adventure and has tracks from beginners to intermediate. Depending on the weather and road conditions, it could take you over ninety minutes to get to Broadwater from this southern route. Access the D’Aguilar National Park map here