Bowling Green Bay National Park Townsville

Photo credit: © Queensland Government

Bowling Green Bay National Park—a stunning a mosaic of coastal wetlands and rainforest on mountain tops. Photo credit: Phil Copp © Queensland Government

About Bowling Green Bay

    Park features

    Image of fragile saltpans in Cape Cleveland section of Bowling Green Bay National Park.

    Fragile saltpans in Cape Cleveland section of the park.

    Photo credit: L. Thompson © Queensland Government

    Bowling Green Bay National Park covers 57,900ha 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 1210m, 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

    Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Please help keep these places special during your stay.

    • 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.
    • Domestic animals are not permitted in the national park. Please observe the before you visit guidelines for dogs and pets.
    • Rubbish bins are not provided. Pack strong rubbish bags for storing rubbish during your journey. Do not bury rubbish—please take it with you when you leave.
    • Where no toilets are available bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15cm deep and 100m from camp sites, tracks and watercourses to guard against pollution and the spread of disease.
    • Stop the spread of weeds and pathogens. New introductions can spread and displace resident species and alter the local ecology. Soil from your camping gear and boots can contain weed seeds and foreign plant pathogens. Before you arrive clean all vehicles (especially tyres and the underside), camping and walking gear.
    • Take care when driving on sand (PDF, 2.3MB) 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, 14.4MB) .

    Tourism information links

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

    Burdekin Visitor Information Centre
    Plantation Park, Bruce Highway, Ayr Qld 4807
    Phone: (07) 4783 5988

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