Bowling Green Bay National Park, Alligator Creek

#115 of 230 in Nature in Queensland
Bowling Green Bay is a national park in the Shire of Burdekin, Queensland, Australia, 1,103 km northwest of Brisbane, and 28 km south of Townsville and 59 km north of Ayr. It is a Ramsar Convention listed Site. The park protects diverse range of habitats including the rugged, forested landscape surrounding Mount Elliot and Saddle Mountain as well as coastal estuaries between Cape Cleveland and Cape Bowling Green.LandformsMount Elliot rises 1,342 m and has numerous creeks on its eastern slopes, of which, Alligator Creek is the most important. The creek is a popular place to swim and to watch birds drinking the creek's water or feeding on riparian vegetation.The parks incorporates the floodplains of the Haughton River. This includes one of the largest wetlands on the east coast of Australia. The wetland arose as the coastal streams deposited material into the calm waters of Bowling Green Bay. It is composed of mud and sand flats, swamps, isolated hills, mangrove forests and inter-tidal flats. Behind the areas where mangroves grow are bare salt pan. These wide expanses are a unique characteristic of North Queensland wetlands produced by comparatively low rainfall and a short wet season that never washes the salt away.
Before you head to Alligator Creek, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Alligator Creek route app , to make sure you see all that Alligator Creek has to offer, including Bowling Green Bay National Park.
Create an itinerary including Bowling Green Bay National Park
Bowling Green Bay National Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
16 reviews
  • On a recent visit to Townsville we went out to Alligator Creek (on previous visits we had done the typical tourist spots). It was only a short drive, maybe 20-25 mins. The creek is beautiful - shallow...  more »
  • Bowling Green Bay National Park is split into two sections, the Alligator Creek section which is good for swimming or bushwalking and the coastal section, which is good for four wheel driving. You CAN...  more »
  • My son and partner wanted to take us out for a 'Fathers Day' picnic lunch and as Alligator Creek was only half an hours drive we decided we would try it out as we had never been there. We had a great ...  more »

Plan your trip to Alligator Creek

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Alligator Creek

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor