Alligator Creek Falls - Bowling Green Bay National Park

North Queensland
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A longish walk (17 kilometres return) with a spectacular destination at the base of Alligator Creek Falls. The walk commences at the Picnic and Camping area, and is mostly gentle in grade, traversing up the Alligator Creek Valley through grassy open tropical woodlands, riparian forest and patches of rainforest. The walk involves 4 creek crossings, one at Cockatoo Creek, and 3 crossings of Alligator Creek itself. You will need to ford or boulder-hop at these crossings, depending on the water levels. Usually it is an easy boulder-hop, except for after flooding in the wet season. There are a couple sections in the middle of the walk which follow a power-line easement and access road. These sections can be hot and exposed in the middle of the day. This walk is best suited to the cooler months. Swimming is possible at the base of the Falls year round.
The 4 kilometre return walk to Cockatoo Creek provides a pleasant shorter option.

Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Camping Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

How do you get to the start of the walk?

Turn off the Bruce Highway at Alligator Creek and follow the road for about 6 kms, ending at the Bowling Green Bay National Park Camping and Picnic Area.


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Alligator Creek is still flowing (typical low dry season flow), and the creek crossings are all easy.

RDeg on 14 Oct, 2020


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