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Bowling Green Bay National Park. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government

Bowling Green Bay National Park

Explore the contrasts

Bowling Green Bay National Park is the southern gateway to the tropical rainforests. There’s more fun to be had here than on a real bowling green! The vivid streak of green tropical rainforest at the peak of Mount Elliot flourishes amid the lower plains of coastal wetlands, saltpans and mangroves, giving this unique national park its name. Find your perfect camping or picnic spot near Alligator Creek where you can escape the heat with a refreshing swim in the deep pools. Venture out at night with a spotlight to look for brushtail possums, sugar gliders and northern brown bandicoots, and wake up with the wallabies at dawn.

Location and getting there

25km S of Townsville. Access from Townsville is via the Bruce Hwy and Alligator Creek.

Visitor facilities and opportunities

ToiletsPicnic areaCampingCaravan/camper trailer/campervan sitesShort or easy walksHikesCyclingFishingHorseridingWheelchair access

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Must dos

  • Feel the excitement when you land a ‘big one’ on a fishing trip into Cape Bowling Green Bay, where trophy species such as black marlin, sailfish and Spanish mackerel ‘this big!’ are all common catches. Check zoning information and fishing regulations online before arriving.
  • Wake up with the birds on an early morning drive through the wetlands, full of rich and varied birdlife.