Australia: The Land Where Time Began

A biography of the Australian continent 

Bowling Green Bay National Park

What's special?

Rugged granite mountains rise abruptly above the coastal plain in Bowling Green Bay National Park, the largest park between Bowen and Townsville. Coastal wetlands, saltpans and mangroves cover much of this coastal park. Alligator Creek flows through the park in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls.

Tropical rainforest grows towards the summit of Mt Elliot, the highest peak in the park. Open forests and woodlands, riverine vegetation, mangroves and coastal vegetation also grow in the park.

Aboriginal people of the Wulgurukaba language group once lived in this area and have left behind rock paintings. Explorer Philip Parker King landed at Cape Cleveland in 1819 and the first white settlers lived here from 1846.

Exploring Bowling Green Bay

Have a picnic or camp at Alligator Creek. Picnic tables, a shelter shed, gas barbecues and toilets are provided. The camping area has hot showers and wood barbecues and is suitable for caravans and motorhomes. Remove your rubbish.

Go spotlighting at night. Look for brushtail possums, sugar gliders and northern brown bandicoots. See agile wallabies, allied rock-wallabies and rufous bettongs feeding early morning and late afternoon.

Visit the information centre to find out more about the park.


Walk along Alligator Creek to the falls. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Take drinking water. Beware of slippery rocks.


The camping and picnic area toilets, and a 100m boardwalk along Alligator Creek near the picnic area, are wheelchair-accessible.

Getting there

Turn off the Bruce Highway 28km south of Townsville or 59km north of Ayr. Drive 6km to the park. Watch for wildlife between dusk and dawn. The park is closed at night (6.30pm–6.30am).

Sources & Further reading

Journey Back Through Time
Experience Australia
Aboriginal Australia
National Parks
Photo Galleries
Site Map
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