The Herbert River is a river located in Far North Queensland, Australia. The southernmost of Queensland's wet tropics river systems, it was named in 1864 by George Elphinstone Dalrymple explorer, after Robert George Wyndham Herbert, the first Premier of Queensland.

Broadwater Creek rapids

This trip will take you on a journey down Broadwater Creek; down small rapids and through peaceful rainforest where you feel a sense of serenity. Look up and take in the sounds of birds chirping and flying around overhead. The bird life on this trip is amazing and highly recommended for any bird enthusiast but it's also a perfect trip to relax and unwind and allowing the current take you downstream. I saw a few magnificent purple and orange birds flying around - just stunning!

Kayaking down Broadwater Creek

You may come into some problems like fallen trees across the creek or poking up out of the water. It's easy enough to carry you kayak around them or find a way through.

There are some points of interest along the way, like the concrete bridge halfway down stream and an old flying fox into the water.

Broadwater Creek fig tree & kayak

Check out these guys that got a helicopter up to the top and whitewater kayaking down.

Broadwater Creek
Photo Credit Abraham Pitman

The plan (Solo)

Drop bike off at bridge.
Drive with kayak to Broadwater
Kayak 20km down stream
Leave kayak at bridge and ride 17km to Broadwater
Get car and pick up kayak on way back out

The plan (Car Shuttle)

Drop a car off at Herbert River bridge
Drive to Broadwater
Kayak downstream to the bridge
and drive to Broadwater to pick up other car

Broadwater Creek kayak & rapids

What to bring

  • Water
  • Food and snacks for the day
  • First Aid Kit and PLB
  • Navigation gear
  • Dry bag
  • Camera
  • Personal Protective Equipment (Helmet, Lifejacket, etc)
Broadwater Creek
Photo Credit Abraham Pitman

Interactive Map

Hazards

Drowning hazards, being impaled in sticks, knocking your head when going down rapids and getting caught under a log are all real possibilities. Also be mindful that there are Saltwater Crocodiles in the Herbert River.

Broadwater Creek
Photo Credit Abraham Pitman