Categories: News, Sustainability



Categories: News, Sustainability


A mere stone’s throw away from Townsville Eco Resort lies the captivating expanse of Bowling Green Bay National Park, encompassing the renowned Alligator Creek area.

From mangroves to rainforests

Spanning 57,900 hectares, this National Park showcases a harmonious blend of coastal and mountainous landscapes. Stretching from the coastal splendour of Cleveland Bay to the elevated Mount Elliot, the park embraces a diverse spectrum of ecosystems. From the serene beauty of mangroves at sea level to the beautiful rainforests atop the mountains, this area is a true testament to nature’s creativity. Meandering through the heart of Bowling Green Bay National Park is the picturesque Alligator Creek, a haven for birdwatching, swimming, and immersing oneself in the tranquil embrace of the outdoors.

Its incredibly diverse national park includes a wetland that has gained international recognition as a significant habitat for waterfowl. In the summer months, at least 30 different species of birds migrate to the park from various parts of the world!

Mount Elliot is home to the Mount Elliot crayfish, which is critically endangered. It’s the only place in the world where they are found.

We encourage all our guests to visit Bowling Green Bay, even if it’s just for a little walk to the lookout.

“Guests often come back surprised about the sheer splendour of the park. They enjoy the undisturbed beauty of nature and native flora and fauna,” says our owner Fiona Lidgett.

“The Alligator Creek precinct is a birdwatcher’s paradise plus it’s the starting point of many hikes. From an easy 1km to the lookout to a challenging 17km return trek to the waterfalls, there is a hike for everyone. Plus, there are not many places in the world where you can swim in a river with turtles, yes, turtles, and fish,”

Some tips for your visit to the Park

  • Take a camera as you are guaranteed to see amazing wildlife as well as stunning trees, plants and flowers
  • Make sure to pack your swimmers (and rock shoes if you have) as there are plenty of swimming holes to choose from.
  • Take plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, and a container for your rubbish as there are no bins in the park.
  • Stay on the trail to preserve vegetation
  • Everything in the national park is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
  • Do not feed the wildlife—it is harmful to their health and can upset the population balance.
  • Dogs and other domestic animals are not permitted in the National Park.

Bowling Green Bay National Park is a 5-minute drive from Townsville Eco Resort. The park is easily accessible, the road is sealed and suitable for conventional vehicles. You don’t need a 4WD.


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