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Camping in Bowling Green Bay National Park

Alligator Creek camping area is in the Mount Elliot section of the park and is the only established camping area with facilities. Camp sites here are only suitable for tents and small campervans. There are no sites available for caravans or camper trailers (all sizes) or motorhomes.

Camping areas are also located at Cocoa and Salmon creeks in the Cape Cleveland section, and at Baratta Creek in the Bowling Green Bay section. These camping areas are near the coast and are set in coastal woodland and mangrove environments beside intertidal creeks. Facilities are not provided at these camping areas and campers must be completely self-sufficient, carrying food, water and a fuel stove.

Opportunities for remote bush hiking in the park also exist.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Park-specific conditions

  • The gate to the Alligator Creek camping and day-use areas in the Mount Elliot section of the park is open 6:30 am to 6:30 pm daily. The on-site caretaker locks the gate at 6:30 pm every day. At times the gate may be left open outside these hours when the caretaker is away. Campers can contact the caretaker in an emergency after 6:30 pm to open the gate. Other sections of the park are open 24 hours a day. 
  • Alligator Creek camping area is suitable for tents and small campervans only. Each camp site has a vehicle bay for reversing into (surrounded by bollards) and a separate area to set up a tent. Caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes will not fit into the vehicle bays and are not allowed in this camping area.
  • Fires are prohibited in the park—use fuel or gas stoves only.
  • Estuarine crocodiles inhabit the coastal sections of the park (Cape Cleveland and Bowling Green Bay). Always be croc wise in croc country.
  • Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Alligator Creek camping area, Mount Elliot

A camp site at Alligator Creek camping area. Photo: NPSR.

A camp site at Alligator Creek camping area. Photo: NPSR.

Camping area features: beside Alligator Creek visitors can relax among gum trees or go walking to explore the surrounding creek environment.
Location: 600 m beyond the main access gate, along the banks of Alligator Creek.
Access: the camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle. Caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes will not fit into the camp site vehicle bays and are not allowed in this camping area. The gate to Alligator Creek camping and day-use areas is open 6:30 am to 6:30 pm daily. Campers can contact the caretaker in an emergency after 6:30 pm to open the gate.
Number of sites: 16 numbered sites. Up to six people per site are allowed. See table below for detailed camp site descriptions.
Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car and small campervans.
Camp site surface: dirt
Facilities: flushing toilets, cold showers, tap (water must be treated before drinking) and camping tables. Wheelchair-accessible camping tables are located at sites one and two. The amenities block is wheelchair accessible.
Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel or gas stove.
Generators: not permitted.
Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, a fuel or gas stove and insect repellent. Read more about things to know before you go.
Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Holiday periods are extremely popular.
Mobile phone coverage: not available. A public phone is located at the camping area amenities block.

Alligator Creek camping area site information

Site no. Site type Area for tent Capacity (people) Disabled access Facilities
1 Small campervan or tent 10 m x 5 m 6 Yes Wheelchair -accessible picnic table
2 Small campervan or tent 8 m x 6 m 6 Yes Wheelchair -accessible picnic table
3 Small campervan or tent 8 m x 6 m 6 No Platform table
4 Small campervan or tent 9 m x 7 m 6 No Picnic table
5 Small campervan or tent 8 m x 5 m 6 No Platform table
6 Small campervan or tent 8 m x 7 m 6 No None
7 Small campervan or tent 4 m x 5 m 6 No Picnic table
8 Small campervan or tent 14 m x 7 m 6 No None
9 Small campervan or tent 5 m x 4 m 6 No Platform table
10 Small campervan or tent 5 m x 4 m 6 No None
11 Small campervan or tent 5 m x 4 m 6 No Platform table
12 Small campervan or tent 11 m x 6 m 6 No Platform table
13 Small campervan or tent 10 m x 7 m 6 No None
14 Small campervan or tent 5 m x 14 m 6 No Picnic table
15 Small campervan or tent 7 m x 8 m 6 No Platform table
16 Small campervan or tent Under construction 0 No None

Cocoa Creek camping area, Cape Cleveland

Camping area features: on the bank beside Cocoa Creek.
Location: turn off the Bruce Highway on to Cape Cleveland Road. Travel 12 km to the Cocoa Creek camping area turn-off, on the left. Several bush tracks along Cocoa Creek Road lead to designated camping areas.
Access: during wet periods (December to April) roads can become boggy and access is suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles only. Bush tracks are prone to erosion; always check tracks before driving over them, particularly when close to the creek.
Number of sites: open areas without separately defined sites. Up to eight people per area are allowed.
Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Facilities: none.
Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel or gas stove.
Generators: not permitted.
Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, a fuel or gas stove and insect repellent. Read more about things to know before you go.
Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone.
Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Salmon Creek camping area, Cape Cleveland

Camping area features: in a beach environment beside Salmon Creek.
Location: access to Salmon Creek camping area is via the coastal township of Cungulla. Turn off the Bruce Highway onto Cape Cleveland Road and follow the signs to Cungulla. The camping area is approximately 6 km along the beach.
Access: the camping area is accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles only. Be respectful of other beach users and avoid driving on the dunes. Read the driving on sand (PDF, 233K) brochure to find out how to be a safe and responsible beach user. Camp sites are susceptible to tidal influences, especially at high tides. Avoid travelling during the two hours either side of high tide. For safety, avoid travelling at night. Never sleep, sit or picnic in vehicle traffic zones such as the beach, roads or camping area access tracks.
Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites. Up to eight people are allowed.
Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Facilities: none.
Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel or gas stove.
Generators: not permitted.
Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, a fuel or gas stove and insect repellent. Read more about things to know before you go.
Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone.
Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Barratta Creek camping area, Bowling Green Bay

Camping area features: close to a mangrove and creek environment.
Location: near the coastal township of Jerona.
Access: the camping area can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicle only, via bush tracks leading towards the creek off Jerona Road in the national park. The camping area is susceptible to tidal influences, especially at high tides.
Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites. Up to eight people are allowed.
Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Facilities: none.
Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel or gas stove.
Generators: not permitted.
Essentials to bring: drinking water, rubbish bags, a fuel or gas stove and insect repellent. Read more about things to know before you go.
Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone.
Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Cockatoo Creek camping area, Mt Elliot

Camping area features: a hike-in site near Cockatoo Creek.
Location: 2 km from the main Alligator Creek camping area.
Access: the camping area can be reached on foot only. Walk 2 km along the Alligator Creek Falls track to Cockatoo Creek.
Number of sites: small area without separately defined sites. Up to six people in total are allowed.
Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping.
Facilities: none.
Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel or gas stove.
Generators: not permitted.
Essentials to bring: campers must be completely self-sufficient, carrying food, water and a fuel stove. Read more about things to know before you go.
Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone.
Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Alligator Falls camping area

Alligator Falls camping area.

Alligator Falls camping area.

Camping area features: a hike-in site near Alligator Creek Falls.
Location: 8 km from the main Alligator Creek camping area.
Access: the camping area can be reached on foot only. Walk 8 km along the Alligator Creek Falls track to a clearing before the falls.
Number of sites: small area without separately defined sites. Up to six people in total are allowed.
Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping.
Facilities: none.
Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel or gas stove.
Generators: not permitted.
Essentials to bring: campers must be completely self-sufficient, carrying food, water and a fuel stove. Read more about things to know before you go.
Bookings: book online, over-the-counter or by phone.
Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Remote bush camping

Features: remote hiking and camping. Only experienced and well-equipped bushwalkers should undertake extended overnight hikes.
Location: Mount Elliot and Mount Cleveland.
Access: hike-in access only.
Number of sites: no defined camping areas. Camp sites must be at least 1 km from other camping areas and other groups. A maximum of six remote campers are permitted in any one group.
Facilities: none.
Open fires: prohibited. Bring a fuel or gas stove.
Generators: not permitted.
Essentials to bring: campers must be completely self-sufficient, carrying food, water and a fuel stove. Read more about things to know before you go.
Bookings: Camping permits are required for remote camping and fees apply. Book online, over-the-counter or by phone.

Last updated
19 December 2014