Location - Bowling Green Bay National Park, Queensland, Australia
Skill Level - Medium to difficult
Distance - 12 km return
Time - 6 - 8 hours return
UPDATE 2019: This area is no longer accessible via Palm Creek Eco Park and is only accessible via private property. The Townsville Bushwalking Club still have access. Join The Club on a hike in this area.
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. If you would like to do this walk, I suggest to go with the Townsville Bushwalking Club.
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 400 m 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.
Here's an interactive map of the area:
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 and Towel
- 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 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" (a.k.a. Palm Creek Boulder), 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.