Rugged mountains rise abruptly from the wetlands, saltpans and mangroves of the coastal plain, south of Townsville, in the Mount Eliot section of Bowling Green Bay National Park. Mount Elliot reaches a height of 1,210 metres, jutting out of the surrounding coastal plain and dominating the landscape, and Alligator Creek descends in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls. The park's wetlands are an important habitat for migratory wading birds.... more
Camp amongst the gum trees at Alligator Creek camping area. Go birdwatching near the wetlands. Look for wallabies in the later afternoon and spotlight for possums around the camping area at night. Enjoy a short stroll along the boardwalk through riparian vegetation to the creek or tackle the 17 kilometre return Alligator Falls track. Have a picnic by the picturesque Alligator Creek. Take care near the creek as water levels can rise rapidly.... less
The Alligator Creek camping area toilets, and campsites one and two, are wheelchair accessible. The day-use area toilets, and a 100 metre boardwalk along Alligator Creek is also wheelchair accessible.
How To Get There
Alligator Creek, in the Mount Eliot section of the park, is 25 kilometres south of Townsville. Turn off the Bruce Highway towards Alligator Creek, 25 kilometres south of Townsville or 65 kilometres north of Ayr. The entrance to the Mount Elliot section of the park is 5.5 kilometres from the highway. Access is suitable for conventional vehicles.
The Townsville region has a dry tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The average daily temperature range is 24 to 31 degrees Celsius in summer (December to February) and 14 to 25 degrees Celsius in winter (June to August).
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