Tropical Coast national parks

Alligator Creek lookout Alligator Creek camping area Alligator Creek To Cockatoo Creek and Alligator Falls To Bruce Highway 1 1 Must dos • Have a relaxing picnic before exploring the clear granite pools of Cockatoo Creek. • Take a gentle stroll along the boardwalk, spotting the creek’s residents as you go. Getting there Drive 25km south of Townsville along the Bruce Highway, turn onto Alligator Creek Road and follow the signs to Alligator Creek camping and day-use areas (about 30min drive from Townsville). Photo: © Fiona O’Grady Alligator Creek day-use area Bowling Green Bay National Park Refresh your spirit with some peaceful fishing, a lazy creek-side barbecue with rewarding birdwatching or a strenuous hike in this mountainous coastal park. Explore the tumbling mountain creeks, rich wetlands, teeming estuaries and sandy wind-blown shores that create this park’s unique landscape and provide a treasure trove for birdwatchers. The park is home to more than 300 species of birds! Things to do Wildlife spotting See shorebirds on the beach from Cungulla to Salmon Creek. Kingfishers and honeyeaters are found in trees lining the creek bank at Alligator Creek. At night, rufous bettongs and brushtail possums can be spotted around your camp site. Fishing Fish in tidal areas of the park. Fisheries regulations and marine park zoning restrictions apply (see page 27). Places to camp Camp on the shady creek bank at Alligator Creek camping area 1 or beside your fishing spot at Cocoa Creek, Salmon Creek and Barratta Creek camping areas. Places to go Enjoy a swim, barbecue or easy walk at Alligator Creek day-use area 1 and Cockatoo Creek. Alligator Falls track 17km return (6hr). Grade: difficult Hike through woodland and rainforest and wade across creeks to reach the cascading Alligator Falls. Safety Never dive or jump into Alligator Creek. Be crocwise in croc country in coastal areas of the park (see page 27). Native rosella (above); agile wallaby (left). Photos: © Qld Govt (above); © Keith Dyson (left) 9