Location - Bowling Green Bay National Park, North Queensland, Australia
Distance - 5 km return
Time - allow 1-2 hours
Don't let the name put you off. Chunda Bay, also was known as Tickle Belly Bay by the locals, is a hidden gem just south of Townsville, near AIMS (Australian Institute of Marine Science). There are two track options: the northern track takes you rock hopping along the coast to Cape Ferguson, and the southern track takes you past a large granite boulder before arriving at Chunda Beach. Both tracks start from Cape Cleveland Road, a sealed road, and therefore easily accessible.
The track begins with a shady 1 km walk through the bush emerging at the rocky shoreline of Chunda Bay. Then, rock hop along the rocky coastline past a little bay and a lookout point to Cape Ferguson. Enjoy the coastal vistas and unique rock formations along this walk. Return the same way.
This track takes you on a muddy four-wheel drive track to a large, lovely rock – Chunda Rock (also known as Bald Rock or Elephant Rocks) – that can be seen from Mount Cleveland. The trail continues to wind through the mangroves to the long, sandy beach – Chunda Beach. The Southern Track is best walked during low tide. See how many fiddler crabs you can spot!
What to bring
- Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, long pants
- 1-2 litres of water
- Insect repellent
- Appropriate footwear
As this is a remote coastline with some mangroves, please be aware of crocodiles in this area. The seawater is stirred up and muddy – a perfect hiding place for crocodiles. So, stay away from the water's edge.