Broadwater inland lookout

Broadwater National Park

Overview

It’s just a short walk to Broadwater inland lookout for superb scenic views from Broadwater Headland out to the Pacific Ocean with opportunities for birdwatching and whale watching.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Broadwater National Park
Price
Free

It’s a short steep walk through wooded forest dominated by coastal banksia and grass trees up onto Broadwater Headland for magnificent scenic views over the Pacific Ocean and south to Evans Head and Goanna Headland. Encourage the kids to count the steps on the way to distract them from their physical exertion.

Broadwater inland lookout is also a great vantage point for whale watching in spring and winter as well as seeing birds of prey doing their things along this gorgeous coastline. If you’re interested in birdwatching, you’re likely to spot white-bellied sea eagles, osprey, brahminy kites and whistling kites throughout the year.

Can you tell the difference between these two types of kite? Both are a similar size and, depending on whether you’re looking at a juvenile or not, it’s sometimes hard to tell them apart by their markings. So have a listen and you’ll know a brahminy kite because it’s call is “pee-ah-ah-ah” and the whistling kite’s is “si-si-si-si-si”. After your walk, try the nearby Broadwater Beach picnic area to rest a relax over lunch.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/broadwater-inland-lookout/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Broadwater inland lookout.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Broadwater inland lookout is in the northern precinct of Broadwater National Park. To get there:

    • From Broadwater, travel approximately 2km south along the Pacific Highway
    • Turn left into Broadwater-Evans Head Road
    • From the gate that is adjacent to Broadwater-Evans Head Road on the eastern side, walk 240m to the start of the track.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available on Broadwater-Evans Head Road, a short walk from the track to Broadwater inland lookout.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Broadwater National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Enjoy a beach walk in the milder weather, birdwatching as you go.

    Spring

    Wildflowers at this time of year will just about knock your walking socks off with their vivid and varied colours This is the peak season for seeing migrating whales swimming closer to shore with their new calves .

    Summer

    When the weather's hot, the best thing to do is go swimming or have a surf.

    Winter

    This is the peak season for northern migration of whales.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    19.1°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    41.7°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    10.4°C and 19.2°C

    Lowest recorded

    2.7°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    449mm

    Facilities

    Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Ballina (21 km)

    Ballina is a bustling holiday town and service centre and home of the Big Prawn. It's situated at the mouth of the Richmond River, close to superb beaches.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Evans Head (8 km)

    Evans Head is a peaceful, coastal fishing village located on the banks of the Evans River.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Lismore (28 km)

    Lismore is a major North Coast commercial, cultural and administrative centre. It's set in undulating country on the north arm of the Richmond River.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Broadwater inland lookout is in Broadwater National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Bandjalung People

    Aerial view of Broadwater National Park. Photo: D Largin

    The traditional custodians of this northern coastal area of NSW, of which Broadwater National Park is now a part, are the Bandjalung People. Bundjalung National Park lies just south of Broadwater. These people continue, today, to actively celebrate their rich culture and heritage. Notable Bandjalung People include musician Troy Cassar-Daley, boxer Anthony Mundine, Australian Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine and chef Mark Olive. This park is one of a group where the Bandjalang People's native title rights have been recognised in only the third determination of native title rights in New South Wales. Native title rights come from the Bandjalang People's traditional laws and customs and legally recognise the Bandjalang People's connection to Country. This means that these lands will continue to be places of ceremony, learning and inspiration for generations to come. Find out more.

    Memorable landscapes

    Inland lookout over Broadwater National Park: Photo: L Walker

    There's a surprisingly wide variety of vegetation landscapes in this park including coastal heathland, coastal swamp, open eucalypt forest, wetlands and littoral rainforest. Banksia is particularly prevalent as is paperbark. There's also a healthy display of wildflowers during spring, which include swamp lilies, sun orchids, Christmas bells and golden bush peas.

    • Broadwater inland lookout It’s just a short walk to Broadwater inland lookout for superb scenic views from Broadwater Headland out to the Pacific Ocean with opportunities for birdwatching and whale watching.

    Wartime stories

    Airforce Beach, Broadwater National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

    Airforce Beach seems like an unlikely name for a pristine stretch of sand near a national park, but during World War II, the airfield at Evans Head was used as a training ground. No. 1 Air Observers School was stationed there until it disbanded in 1943.

    Winged things

    A pair of Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus), Broadwater National Park. Photo: D Largin

    Broadwater is a refuge for migratory shorebirds, a hunting ground for birds of prey and habitat for a broad range of birds that inhabit the park's various plant communities. These include threatened species such as pied oystercatchers, little terns and beach stone curlews. White-bellied sea eagles can also often be seen trawling the coastline. This raptor is widely revered by Aboriginal people in many parts of Australia. An opportunistic carnivore, you may be lucky enough to see one of these birds seizing waterborne prey in its talons as it flies low over the water. Its honking call could easily be mistaken for that of a goose.

    • Broadwater Beach picnic area Broadwater Beach picnic area is a great picnic area with birdwatching opportunities and the beach just nearby for swimming, surfing and fishing.
    • Broadwater inland lookout It’s just a short walk to Broadwater inland lookout for superb scenic views from Broadwater Headland out to the Pacific Ocean with opportunities for birdwatching and whale watching.

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    Broadwater inland lookout, Broadwater National Park. Photo: