Location - Bowling Green Bay National Park, Queensland, Australia
Skill Level - Medium to difficult
Distance - 12 km return
Time - 6 - 8 hours return

The Terraces is another wonder of the Palm Creek area, arguably the better of the three to see. The other two points of interest are Hidden Falls and The Cascades.

The start of The Terraces
Photo Credit Keith Dyson

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. Walk along the track up beside St Margaret Ck and turn right at "The White Tree" just before "The Rock Slides". You will descend steeply into the creek to a waterhole and a sandy camping area known as "Princess Pools" and "Sandy Beach".

Prince Falls, The Terraces
Photo Credit Keith Dyson

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 at "High Camp" you are rewarded with stunning views of Cape Cleveland and the Giru area.

Waterfalls at The Terraces, Palm Creek

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 but everyone should be able to do it; even my parents managed it!

What to take

A day pack with

  • 1L of water (can fill up at the creeks)
  • food and snacks for the day
  • good shoes with grip of granite rocks
  • mossie spray
  • sun protection (hat + sunscreen)

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.

Interactive Map

Here's an interactive map of the area:

Camping at The Terraces
Photo Credit Keith Dyson