Location - Bowling Green Bay National Park, Queensland, Australia
Grade - 5, difficult, recommended for experienced bushwalkers
Distance - ~12 km return
Time - 8-12 hours return
UPDATE 2019- present: This area is no longer accessible via the Palm Creek Eco Park and is only accessible via private property. The Townsville Bushwalking Club still have access, however. If you're keen, join them on a hike to explore this area.
As one of the three points of interest of the Palm Creek area, this waterfall is truly hidden, as its name suggests, far up into the creek beds. Finding Hidden Falls involves a lot of rock hopping up St Margaret Creek. Once you arrive, however, you will find a secluded waterfall that you are guaranteed to have all to yourself. If you would like to do this walk, it is suggested to go with the Townsville Bushwalking Club. For other hikes in the area, check out The Cascades and The Terraces.
How to get there
To get started, follow the instructions outlined in the post for the Palm Creek Rockslides.
From the rockslides, rock hop up the creek for several kilometers. Look for a hidden fork in the creek being mindful that it can be easily missed.
Follow the fork to the right, and then ascend steeply approximately 100-200 metres where you will reach to these magical falls.
Have a swim, refresh, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty of the waterfalls and the peaceful silence of the rainforest. Return via the same route.
Here's an interactive map of the area:
What to take
A day pack (unless camping, in which case, a National Park permit is required) with the following:
- 2 - 3 litres of water (can fill up at the creeks, but sterilisation tablets are recommended)
- Food and snacks for the day
- Appropriate clothing, including shoes with grip on wet, smooth granite rocks
- Sun protection (hat, long sleeve clothing, and sunscreen)
- Insect repellent (recommended)
- Electrolytes (optional)
- Camera (optional)
- First Aid Kit
- PLB/EPIRB (optional)
The terrain will include some on trail hiking, rock hopping, and scrambling up a creek bed. However, whilst you are following the creek bed, you will find it easy to navigate. Since rock hopping and a little bit of scrambling are involved, if rain is in the forecast, consider cancelling, postponing, or modifying your trip. If that's the case, consider making a short trip to the Palm Creek Rockslides instead. You'll still have a great time!