Cathu State Forest

National Parks and Reserves

Along the rugged Clarke Range behind the Whitsunday coast is Cathu State Forest, where you’ll find distinctive poplar gum woodlands and exotic Caribbean pine plantations on the creek flats and dense rainforest, hoop pine plantations and tall wet eucalypt forest along the range.

This is a quiet retreat for people who like to relax and enjoy the bush. Go wildlife watching. See Ulysses butterflies, whiptail and agile wallabies and northern quolls. Take your binoculars and go birdwatching. More than 100 species of birds have been seen in the forest.

Take a scenic drive beyond the camping area. Enjoy spectacular views over the beautiful Whitsunday coast from the Clarke Range Lookout, 7-kilometres from the camping area. From Windy Point, you can see Eungella National Park to the south. Enjoy mountain bike riding and horse riding through the forest.


Barbeque Birdwatching Camping Carpark Cycling Family International Nature & Wildlife Picnic Area Public Toilet Scenic Drives Walks


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Cathu State Forest

Yalboroo, Mackay

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