Bowling Green Bay National Park Townsville

Alligator Creek valley, Bowling Green Bay National Park. Photo credit: Phill Copp © 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

Alligator Creek walk, Mount Elliot

Meander through shady riparian forest along Alligator Creek on a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk.

Journey type
550m return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 20min walking time.
Grade 1 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural and constructed)
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • Walking

Starting from the Alligator Creek day-use area follow the concrete path to a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk and meander through shady riparian forest to the bank of Alligator Creek.

Discrete nooks along the boardwalk offer a place to sit quietly. The sheltered riparian forest attracts a variety of animals to drink and bathe. Fantails, flycatchers and other birds feed upon the abundant insects living along the creek. You may spot a turtle sunning itself atop a rock or a noisy pitta on the forest floor in this shady waterside retreat.

From the bank of Alligator Creek take a refreshing dip with the jungle perch in the cool clear mountain water.

Important information: During and after rain, creek conditions can change and become very dangerous. Fast flowing, rapidly rising water can occur. To stay safe, do not enter the water. Please take note of all safety advice.

Getting there and getting around

The Alligator Creek walk is in the Mount Elliot section of Bowling Green Bay National Park about 25km south of Townsville.

  • The Alligator Creek walk begins at the trailhead located in the Alligator Creek day use area.
  • Follow the boardwalk along the river to the bank of Alligator Creek. Return the way you came.
  • If you wish to continue on to Alligator Creek lookout, please allow extra time.

Wheelchair access

The Alligator Creek walk is wheelchair accessible (assistance may be required) and offers access for mobility-impaired visitors.

Before you visit

Opening hours

The Alligator Creek walk is open 24 hours a day.

Seasonal closures

Access to the Alligator Creek walk may be closed at times due to localised flooding, extreme weather conditions or park management activities.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Bowling Green Bay safely and Walk with care.