Sugar cane is at the heart of the development of Broadwater, with the first mill built over a century ago to cater for the national sweet tooth. Built alongside the Richmond River, the town has many interesting old buildings housing antique shops and cafes lining the highway for browsing tourists, but the real action for this busy town still revolves around the mill.

Huge trucks carry in the cane from the many surrounding farms, and during the crushing season, from early June to the end of the year the landscape is often lit up with spectacular cane fires. While the mill is operating a plume of steam can be seen rising high in the air, and tours of the mill are frequently available.

  • Population – 504
  • Transport services – Bus
  • Council – Richmond Valley Shire