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Alligator Falls Track, Bowling Green Bay National Park
6 Hours  / 17 Kilometres


In the Mount Elliot section of this park, Alligator Creek flows through the landscape in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls. The Alligator Falls track starts from the southern end of the Alligator Creek day-use area.

Stroll the first 500 metres along the track to the Alligator Creek lookout for shady views then continue for another two kilometres to Cockatoo Creek, an ideal place for a rest and a swim. 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.

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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.

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Walkers, Mount Elliot, Bowling Green Bay National Park
Walkers, Mount Elliot, Bowling Green Bay National ParkAlligator Creek, Mount Elliot
Alligator Creek, Mount Elliot

Journey Details

Duration6 Hours Itinerary TypeLand
Distance17 KilometresItinerary RouteReturn
Mode of TravelWalk
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Walking
  • Self-Guided

Alligator Falls Track, Bowling Green Bay National Park Full Itinerary

Alligator Falls track, Mount Elliot, Bowling Green Bay National Park

Alligator Falls track is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.

Route Details

Duration: 6 Hrs 
Distance: 17 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Walk
Route Type: Return

  • Flora/Fauna
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife

Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 3
Other Information
Disabled: The day-use area toilets and a 100 metre boardwalk along Alligator Creek are wheelchair accessible.

Other Information

The day-use area toilets and the 100 metre boardwalk along Alligator Creek (Mount Elliot) are also wheelchair accessible.

Visit our Driving Safety and Advice page for more information or the RACQ website for the latest road conditions.