Alligator Falls track, Bowling Green Bay National Park (Mount Elliot section). Alligator Creek flows through Bowling Green Bay National Park in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls. The track to Alligator Falls starts from the southern end of the day-use area. The Alligator Creek lookout is located 500 metres along the track and then continues on for another two kilometres to Cockatoo Creek, an ideal place for a rest and a swim.... more
From Cockatoo Creek the track meanders roughly parallel to the creek, following powerlines through open woodland forest to Hidden Valley. Across the creek the valley narrows, with Mount Elliot and Saddle Mountain framing the landscape. An open clearing features towering, old mango trees, one of the only reminders of the homestead that once stood there. After a further two kilometres, the track arrives at a series of steps ascending through a rocky vine-thicket where some boulder-scrambling is required. The track then suddenly emerges at the falls. Access to and above the falls is not provided.
On this track visitors must cross the creek on four occasions. These crossings vary in depth from ankle-deep to approximately waist-deep depending on the season and weather conditions. As the walk is long, visitors are advised to start walking in the morning to ensure a safe return during daylight hours. Carry water and wear sturdy footwear.
Distance: 17 kilometres return.
Time: Allow 5-6 hours walking time.
Grade: Difficult.... less
Wear a hat and sunscreen. Carry drinking water.
Take care on wet rocks, as they are often slippery.
It is best to visit during the cooler months of the year, from April to September, when daytime temperatures range between 25 and 29 degrees Celsius and there is little rainfall.
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