Broadwater Loop

Darling Downs South West

An interesting walk with multiple challenging creek crossings through Broadwater State Forest. Includes plenty of bird life and the odd wallaby peeping out from behind the trees.

Bird Watching
Dogs Permitted
No Camping Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
928m
Maximum Elevation
55m
Total Climb

Getting there:

From the centre of Stanthorpe take Connor Street west that becomes Texas Road. Turn right into Amiens Road and then right again into Glenlyon Drive (signed Granite Belt Retreat). Park at the Retreat or carry on up the road to the first corner where you enter the forest on your left and there is room to park.

Maps:

None found.

Route/Trail notes:

Recommended to walk anticlockwise, you walk up the road from the Retreat and enter the forest at the first corner, where the rutted track takes you behind the houses before it twists and turns downhill. At the ‘T’ junction and green post turn left for the first creek crossing.

Continue on along the flat crisscrossing the creek until you reach the fence line, where you turn left and over yet another 1/2 creek crossings. Follow the fence line to the top and around the boulder outcrop before coming out through the forest onto Glenlyon Drive some 400m south from where you started.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References/Comments:

This is essentially a shared mountain bike track with routes known as Happy Snappy and Dead Goat Bog Hole.

Sections of some of these tracks have eroded (2022) and are closed to vehicles and bikes.

Comments

I had no idea where I was going on this walk, just had to work it out for myself as there was no signage. I lost count of the number of creek crossings and there is no easy way to cross other than to get your feet wet or use whatever materials were available to get to the other side. What fun and a welcome beer at the Retreat Brewery on my return.

F.A.B. on 25 Jul, 2022

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