Bowling Green Bay National Park Townsville

Photo credit: © Queensland Government

About Bowling Green Bay

    Park features

    Bowling Green Bay National Park covers 57,900 ha of coastal and mountainous country. The habitats range from mangroves at sea level to rainforests on the mountain tops.

    The national park includes a wetland that has gained international recognition as a significant habitat for waterfowl, and has been listed under the Ramsar Convention. In the summer months at least 30 different species of birds migrate to the park from various parts of the world.

    Within the park, Mount Elliot reaches a height of 1210 m, jutting out of the surrounding coastal plain and dominating the landscape.

    Read more information about the natural environment of Bowling Green Bay National Park.

    Looking after the park

    • Do not take glass bottles or containers in or near Alligator Creek.
    • Everything in the park is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
    • Lighting of fires is prohibited. Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking.
    • Domestic animals are not permitted in the national park.
    • Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave.
    • Where no toilets are available bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15 cm deep and 100 m from camp sites, tracks and watercourses to guard against pollution and the spread of disease.
    • Take care when driving on sand (PDF, 2.8MB) as it can be difficult and dangerous—all road rules apply.
    • Protect sea turtles and dugongs—these animals feed among the seagrass surrounding the shores of Cape Cleveland. If you are boating in the area, please go slowly to avoid a collision with these animals. Propeller injuries can be fatal to these animals.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) aims to preserve Bowling Green Bay National Park's unique beauty and values. Please help by following park guidelines and regulations.

    A portion of Mount Elliot was gazetted as national park in 1940 and the Alligator Creek area was added in 1967. Other areas including Cape Cleveland and Cape Bowling Green followed in recent years.

    The Bowling Green Bay wetland area has international recognition as a significant habitat for waterfowl, and was listed under the Ramsar Convention in 1993.

    The national park will be managed in accordance with the Bowling Green Bay National Park Management Plan (PDF, 2.0MB) .

    Tourism information links

    Flinders Mall Information Centre
    Flinders Mall, Townsville Qld 4810
    Phone: (07) 4721 3660 or 1800 801 902

    Highway Visitor Information Centre, Townsville
    Bruce Highway, south of Townsville Qld 4810
    Phone: (07) 4778 3555 or 1800 801 902

    Museum of Tropical Queensland Visitor Information Centre
    70-102 Flinders Street East, Townsville Qld 4810
    Phone: (07) 4721 1116 or 1800 801 902

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.