/ Bowling Green Bay National Park

The Cascades

This is one of the classic Palm Creek walks featuring a massive cliff where the water cascades down the face of it. The other two points of interest are Hidden Falls and The Terraces.

How to get there

After following the rough track to the rock slides, venture up the creek and turn right. There are some beautiful trickling cascades along the way that will tease you, but the real pleasure comes as we gain height and move up beside the bigger waterfalls. Overall you should gain 400m or so during the day. There is an element of hand over hand climbing and we may have to do some bush bashing to get past certain obstacles along the way. The expectation is that we will walk for about 3.5 hours up the creek and then come back roughly the same way.

There is a 'shortcut' you can take to mix it up a bit, but that can depend on how you and the group is travelling and what you are experiencing. It is a rewarding walk, but does have its challenges. There is no boulder field like there is on North Creek nor is the creek strewn with smaller soccer ball sized rocks like Cockatoo and Killymoon, but rest assured it's a great challenge in parts.

Interactive map

Here's an interactive map of the routes:

What to bring

A normal day pack with

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Insect repellent (no doubt mosquitoes are around)
  • Lunch, morning tea and snacks
  • Togs & Towel
  • Torch
  • Change of clothes for the ride home

The walk starts at Palm Creek Eco Park.
Park within the ECO Park and there is an admission charge of $2.50.

The adventure

The Creek system flows into Palm Creek/St Margaret's Creek and hosts some magnificent waterfalls. They may not be stratified like The Terraces are, but they pack a punch by sheer height. After the track-bash to the colourful "black rock", make your way to the "Rock Slide". Then head up the creek to Fork Falls for morning tea. Can have a dip here.

Onwards and upwards - you have two options here, either climbed up the waterfall or sensibly go bush, the long way around.

The views are spectacular, as the sense of accomplishment. Enjoyed lunch at the base of the big waterfall and then once fully refreshed, make your way back to the cars following the route you took in.

The cooling dip at "Rock slides" at the end of the day is also a nice experience.

I organise adventures every weekend around Townsville. If you are fit and capable, join us on these free expeditions by visiting Townsville Advenutres.

Join us as we explore Townsville's surrounds

Luen Warneke

Luen Warneke

Adventurer first, content maker second. I love to explore the great outdoors no matter the expedition. There are so many activities that allow us to connect with nature and one another.

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