Location - Bowling Green Bay National Park, North Queensland, Australia
Distance - 17 km return
Time - 4-6 hours return
Difficulty - Easy to moderate walk on track. Some sections have a slight incline.
This trail traverses through the Bowling Green Bay National Park, along the trail to Alligator Falls. It's an easy one dayer hike on track that follows a powerline maintenance track and fire break to Alligator Creek Falls.
From the Alligator Falls camping area, the track continues to ascend through rocky vine thickets and over a boulder field, emerging suddenly at Alligator Creek Falls and waterholes. This section of the track is considered steep. Do not use vegetation to pull yourself up steep sections of the track.
The track return is approximately a 17 km. In terms of time, this will approximately take 4 hours return. There will be a few creek crossings and, in the wet season, there is one specific crossing that might be quite high above the waist. The creek crossings and a swim at the falls are a fabulous treat for all.
As this is a national park, no pets are allowed.
What to bring
- 3L of water & electrolytes if you think you will need them.
- Trail snacks, morning tea and lunch
- A hat, sunscreen and insect repellent - this walk will be hot.
- Sun safe clothing
- Shoes & socks
- First Aid Kit
- Camera - it is always gorgeous in our lovely NQ bush
- Book reading
- Climbing & Abseiling
To get to the top of the fall, which is well worth the effort, rock scramble up the right hand side in dry weather or, in wet weather, there is a tagged bush track further to the right marked in orange and faded pink tape.
The top of the falls offers private infinity swimming holes and views of Saddle Mtn, Giru and the ocean.
Abseiling the falls requires a 200m rope to do the full length.
There are several options to camp in this area:
- Alligator Creek camping area
- Cockatoo Creek camping area
- Alligator Falls camping area
- Mount Elliot remote bush camp
Alligator Creek camping area allows for car camping where as the other are hike in only. You will need to book through Queensland Parks website.
Take rubbish (including food scraps) home with you. Bury human waste at least 15 cm deep and 100 m from watercourses and tracks. Take care not to pollute freshwater. Do not use soap, shampoo or detergents in or near creeks, streams and waterholes.
Here's an interactive map of the walk
A freshwater crocodile lives in Alligator Creek. Unlike estuarine crocodiles, freshwater crocodiles are considered timid and not life-threatening. Very few incidents have been reported involving people. This crocodile may become aggressive and cause if disturbed.
Slippery rocks on the cliff face can cause falls. Landing on submerged objects in the creek can result in serious injury or death. People have died here.