Location - Bowling Green Bay National Park, Queensland, Australia
Skill Level - Grade 4 / Medium to difficult / recommended for experienced bushwalkers
Distance - 12 km return
Time - 6 - 8 hours return
Elevation gain - 500m (At High Camp)
The Terraces is another wonder of the Palm Creek area, arguably the better of the three attractions to see. The other two points of interest are Hidden Falls and The Cascades. If you would like to do this walk, I suggest to go with the Townsville Bushwalking Club.
Points of Interest
- Black Rock (a.k.a. Palm Creek Boulder)
- Palm Creek Rockslides
- Princess Pools and Sandy Beach
- Prince Falls
- The Terraces
- High Camp
Like the other hikes in the area, it all starts at Palm Creek Eco Park. Pay your $2.50 ($2 large group) for your day pass to the Caravan Park.
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.
The Terraces can only be accessed via private property in the vicinity of Palm Creek. Go cross country and onto the old trail that goes to "Black Rock". Walk along the track up beside St Margaret Creek and turn right at "The White Tree" just before the Rockslides. You will descend steeply into the creek to a waterhole and a sandy camping area known as "Princess Pools" and "Sandy Beach" respectively.
From Princess Pools, either go back down stream 80 metres to a tributary on your left, or alternatively, head over the ridge into the parallel creek. Follow the creek line to "Prince Falls", and up to "The Terraces" - approximately 260 metres in elevation.
Continue ascending another 1.5 km to arrive at High Camp - approximately 500 metres in elevation. High Camp is a massive boulder formation overlooking the coast with a small swimming pool and waterfall nearby.
The Terraces is an easy hike which just follows one of the creeks up. It's very little effort for high reward and it's such a beautiful creek with waterfall after waterfall after waterfall... The river just cascades down the rock faces with a few places to swim and enjoy the views.
At the end, you are rewarded with stunning views of Cape Cleveland and the Giru area. This place is known as "High Camp".
You will need to do a bit of rock hopping up the creek and there is a little bit of climbing involved to get around some of the waterfalls.
What to take
A day pack with
- 2 - 3 litres of water (can fill up at the creeks)
- Sterilisation tablets
- Food and snacks for the day
- Appropriate clothing with shoes with grip of wet and smooth granite rocks
- Sun protection (hat, long sleeve clothing, and sunscreen)
- Insect repellent (recommended)
- Electrolytes (optional)
- Camera (optional)
- First Aid Kit
Since rock hopping and a little bit of rock scrambling is involved, consider cancelling your trip or just go to the rockslides if it going to rain. The terrain will include some on trail hiking, rock hopping, and scrambling up a creek bed and bush bashing around some impressive waterfalls, however the creek bed we follow for most of the hike is easily navigated.
Here's an interactive map of the area: