Location - Bowling Green Bay National Park, Queensland, Australia
Skill Level - 5, Medium to difficult
Distance - 12 km return
Time - 6 - 8 hours return
Baby Terraces and Mini Cascades
Just north "The Terraces" lies these two rock features which I stumbled across while looking at a composite of a topo map overlaid with aerial imagery. It's quite fun to explore an area and not knowing if you'll discover a few pretty waterfalls.
How to get there
Drive to the Mountain View Lake Eco Park and pay the $2.50 entrance fee to the Caravan Park. UPDATE 2019: This area is no longer accessible via Palm Creek Eco Park and is only accessible via private property. Walk 4 km along the track to St Margaret Creek and upstream towards the "rockslides". The water in the creek should fine to drink without sterilising it but do so at your own risk. Cut across at the "white tree" and follow The Terraces creek to the fork. Take the right fork and rock hop around 1 km to the first feature, then bush bash 200 metres over the ridge to the next rock feature. Walk downstream the creek 200 metres and then either walk 1.5 kilometres back down the creek to the track or cut across over into The Terraces and enjoy a swim and these gorgeous falls and then finally walk the 4 kilometres back to the caravan park.
Here's an interactive route with the suggested routes:
What to bring
You'll need a day pack with:
- about 2L of water for the walk in. The water in the creek should fine to drink without sterilising it but do so at your own risk. You may also want to keep a bottle of water in the car at the bottom.
- Food and snacks for the day.
- Shoes; I recommend shoes that have grip on rocks (so soft rubber) as we will be doing a lot of rock hopping.
- An extra set of clothes for the car ride home.
- First aid kit, PLB
If it's forecasted to rain, rock hopping will be very difficult and you should consider postponing your trip.