Location - Cape Bowling Green, North Queensland, Australia
Bowling Green Bay National Park, a magnificent nature reserve with more than 55 000 ha of untamed terrain, is located 28 km south of Townsville. Camp alongside your four-wheel-drive car in your camper trailer or tent adjacent to a mangrove and creek habitat. Set up a camper trailer or tent in Barratta Brook, surrounded by mangroves and a creek. Take up fishing or grab your binoculars and cruise the unpaved paths to observe birds. Bring insect repellent, don't forget.
Getting there and getting around
Barratta Creek camping area is located near the township of Jerona.
- From the Bruce Highway turn on to the Jerona Road.
- The first kilometre of road is bitumen. The remainder is mostly unsealed and susceptible to washouts.
- The national park is 9km along this road and extends 6km until you reach the township of Jerona.
- Campsites are located along Barratta Creek, which is off to the right-hand side of Jerona Road.
- Remember to check the weather forecast, the unsealed roads in the camping area become boggy and inaccessible after rain.
- Drinking water
- Food and cooking equipment
- Rubbish bags
- Insect repellent
- The untreated roads can turn muddy during wet months (December to April), making them only suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles. Always check before crossing unpaved roads, especially those near creeks, as they are prone to erosion. Ideal for tent and camper trailer camping next to your four-wheel drive vehicle.
- No Facilities.
- Camping is close to a mangrove and creek environment. Suitable for self-sufficient campers only. The roads going to the creek off Jerona Road in the national park are accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles only. Only four-wheel-drive vehicles can access the camping spot from Jerona Road in the national park via national park roads that go to the creek. The camping location is subject to tide effects, particularly during high tides. Avoid travelling 2 hrs on either side of high tide.
- Allowed are campfires. Only permitted in above-ground fire canisters (except when fire bans apply). Bring your own clean firewood and a fire pit. When you go, put out your campfire with water and take the fire container with you. It is advised to use a gas or fuel stove.
- There is inadequate mobile phone coverage.
- The park's coastline is home to estuarine crocodiles (Cape Cleveland and Bowling Green Bay). In croc country, always be crocwise. In this region of the national park, the waterways are home to estuarine crocodiles. In croc country, always be cautious.
- Dangerous stinging jellyfish ('stingers') may be present in the coastal waters at any time of the year and occur more frequently in the warmer months.
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