The camping grounds themselves are well-designed and kept, however the star of the show is the location. The camping grounds are located 500m from Alligator Creek where a pristine swimming hole awaits you! Best of all, large motor homes and caravans are not permitted, so this is a quiet space for only tent campers and small vans. Bliss.
Address: Within the Bowling Green National Park. The campgounds can be found on Alligator Creek Rd, Alligator Creek.
Location: to the left of the day-use area. When you arrive, keep driving until you see the camping signs then turn left.
Cost for an unpowered campsite: $5.95 per person per night
How to book: Book online using the ParksQ system or on the phone via the Queensland-wide National Parks booking service on 13 74 68.
Nights we stayed for: 2, Thursday and Friday in August 2015.
About Bowling Green Bay National Park
Just south of Townsville, Bowling Green Bay National Park is a large National Park which covers an area of approx 550 km². The Park starts on the cast and moves inland, enveloping the inland Mount Elliot and in the north the rugged Cape Cleveland. There are 7 camping grounds within the National Park, however Alligator Creek is the only camping grounds that can be reached by a conventional vehicle, the others are 4WD or hike-in only. We are contemplating going back to do the Alligator Falls walk, and stay overnight at the Alligator Falls Camping Grounds. This is an 8km hike from the Alligator Creek camping grounds and the ranger we spoke to said the falls flow all year round and are spectacular. So we have popped that one on the to do list.
Of you do take our advice and stay at Alligator Creek, be sire to bring your own drinking water, as there is water on site for solar showers and flushing toilets but it is not drinkable, a lot of mosquito repellant (and maybe some mozzie coils too) and your bathers. The water is luscious and you will want to jump in!
General comments about the campsite
The camping grounds is located right next to the day use area and is also the starting point for the Alligator Falls hiking trail. Alligator Creek is only 25km from Townsville and therefore very popular on the weekends. Best to try to stay there during the week if you’re after a quiet stay. From the camping grounds, you walk across the day use area and onto the baordwalk to access the swimming hole. It is a magic spot, if you’re headed up the east coast, this is a MUST do!
Special tip for being such great people and reading our blog. Be sure to go down the creek at sunset, be very still and quiet and you can see the turtles coming up to the edge of the rocks feed. We saw about a dozen each night. Let me just reiterate that. We saw turtles in the wild! In the same creek that we swum in earlier that day. Magic.
Site specific comments
All the sites are different and if you can get there early and book your site after viewing the the space, you will be much happier. The site that looked best on the park map ended up being the one that we did not want to be sleeping in. The sites are all dirt, maybe there is grass in the wet season however it was very dry when we were there. Some of the sites have picnic tables, others have flat square benches and others nothing. Pick your site according to your needs and you’re sure to be comfortable.
Amenities and facilities
The camping grounds have no power or hot water, however has cold indoor showers and flushing toilets. The amenities block is old but clean and the rangers pass by every day to keep it this way. there is a separate amenities block for the day-use area so you do not have to share, which is nice. There was nothing missing from this campsite, we were very happy with the community-vibe that the circular sites allowed for and the tranquility of the surroundings.
If I have not already said it enough, go here. Stay here. You will not be disappointed. We loved it! It’s impossible not to, just check out the images below for proof.