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The Cascades, Bowling Green Bay National Park

This is one of the classic Palm Creek walks featureing 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 ‘short cut’ 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 routes:

What to bring:

normal day walk gear: hat, sunscreen, insect repellent (no doubt mosquitoes are around), lunch, morning tea and snacks.
Togs & Towel.
Torch & Whistle.
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, about $3.

The adventure

The Creek system flows into Palm/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' we made our way to the Rock Slide and regrouped. Then it was up the creek to Fork Falls for morning tea. A welcome dip was had by some.

Onwards and upwards: climb one waterfalls, myself and Wilfred climbed up the waterfall while the rest of them sensibly go bush, the long around around. The view was spectacular, as the sense of accomplishment. We enjoyed lunch at the base of the big waterfall and then fully refreshed made our way back to the cars following the route we took in.

The cooling dip at Rockslides at the end of the day was most welcome, as were the ice creams at the roadhouse.