Visiting Bowling Green Bay safely
Mount Elliot section: Turn off the Bruce Highway towards Alligator Creek, 25 km south of Townsville or 65 km north of Ayr. The entrance to the Mount Elliot section of the park is 5.5 km from the highway. Access is suitable for conventional vehicles. There is no public transport.
Cape Cleveland section: Turn off the Bruce Highway onto Cape Cleveland Road (Australian Institute of Marine Science road), about 33 km south of Townsville or 57 km north of Ayr. The roads leading to the national park are sealed; however four-wheel-drive vehicles are generally needed to travel within the park. Bush tracks are prone to erosion; always check tracks prior to driving over them, particularly when close to the creek.
Bowling Green Bay section: Turn off the Bruce Highway onto Jerona Road, about 12 km south of the Giru turn-off (64 km south of Townsville, 26 km north of Ayr). The first kilometre of the road is bitumen. The remainder is unsealed road that is susceptible to wash-outs. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended, especially during the wet season (December to April). The park boundary starts 9 km along this road and extends for 6 km until you reach the township of Jerona.
The Alligator Creek camping area toilets and camp sites one and two are wheelchair accessible. The day-use area toilets and a 100 m boardwalk along Alligator Creek (Mount Elliot) are also wheelchair accessible.
- Before embarking on remote bushwalking trips tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Estuarine crocodiles inhabit the coastal sections of the park (Cape Cleveland and Bowling Green Bay). Always be croc wise in croc country.
- Water levels can rise rapidly in Alligator Creek (Mount Elliot section) without warning. Do not enter the creek following heavy rain.
- Never dive or jump from rocks into Alligator Creek. Be careful in and near the water as the rocks are slippery and there may be submerged objects. Serious injuries and deaths have occurred here.
- Sandflies and mosquitoes may be a nuisance, especially during the wet season (December–April). Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to protect yourself from insect bites and stings.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Essentials to bring
Preparation is key to a safe and enjoyable visit. Make sure you bring:
- a first-aid kit
- drinking water
- a fuel stove and fuel as fires and generators are not permitted
- a sealable container for rubbish. Bins are not provided—please take your rubbish home with you.
All sections of the park are open 24 hours a day.
Permits and fees
All camping areas in Bowling Green Bay National Park require a camping permit and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
Domestic animals are not permitted in Bowling Green Bay National Park.
Climate and weather
The Townsville region has a dry tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The average daily temperature range is 24–31 ºC in summer (December–February) and 14–25 ºC in winter (June–August).
For more information see the tourism information links.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available 25 km north at Townsville and 65 km south at Ayr. For more information, see the tourism information links.
- Alligator Creek visitor precinct at Bowling Green Bay National Park temporarily closed 2 March to 30 July 2021