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With National Park to the east and farms to the west, Broadwater is located right on the Richmond River in Northern NSW. With a population of 460, water recreation is a major attraction for this town. Surfing, swimming, fishing and water skiing are all at your doorstep with a boat ramp into the Richmond River in town and the beautiful "Broadwater Beach" only 3.5km out of town. Broadwater is situated only 11km to Evans Head, 22km to Ballina and 58km to Byron Bay.
Broadwater is a small town in the Richmond Valley local government area, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. The history of Broadwater has largely revolved around its sugar mill. In 1863 Henry Cook and Alexander MacDonald became the first people to select land in the area. The Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR) opened the town's sugar mill in 1880. Today Broadwater is the centre of the region's highly mechanised sugar industry, which is still a major employer. In recent years the area has also seen an influx of new settlers, attracted by its peaceful rural lifestyle.
Restaurants and Cafes
This sweet town has two cafes, Melba’s Verandah and Our Daily Bread, which are in the heart of Broadwater. Our Daily Bread Café is a renovated church which displays vintage wares styled to take you back to yester year. Homemade meals and cakes plus delicious coffee makes this a great local café and an interesting place to stop.
Broadwater Public school is a small school focusing strongly on each student reaching their potential. There is a strong academic and welfare program and students are supported and encouraged in a safe, attractive environment with extensive gardens and air-conditioned buildings. Small class sizes with experienced and caring staff plus the use of modern technology ensures that each students abilities are extended and needs are addressed. The small school is welcoming and friendly matching the sweet little town of Broadwater.