CAMPED AT ALLIGATOR CREEK
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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This is strictly an e-booking park which means all 16 sites are numbered and need to be booked online or by phone to the QLD government. Confusion reigns as all QLD parks seem to have different methodology but we were happy to find a Telstra phone on site but.....the phone was out of order and we spent $1.50 to discover this.
So unable to make a reservation we just selected site 14- we could only fit into 3 of the sites which are small and intended for campervans and cars with tents. We hoped noone had booked this site on line and would arrive to claim their spot- they didn't.
To finish this story, a Telstra technician arrived the following morning to repair the phone; apparently someone had poured meat fat into the telephone and the technician gave us a dollar that was stuck in the slot! We called the Department of Environment and booked site 14 for the day, Tuesday and we gave ourselves a free night on Monday night.
This was a lovely camping area, designed mostly for tents- the sign specifically excluded large motorhomes and caravans. It was very neat and well maintained and water was available along with toilets and cold showers. Luxury in the hot weather.
This part of Bowling Green NP nestles in the shadow of Mount Elliot and Alligator Creek meanders along the sandy ground and rocks.
Wallabies, bettongs and possums scampered about by night and bush turkeys scratched around building huge mounds for nests by day, the cheeky ravens and kookaburras kept watch to grab what they could from campers; one young traveller left his food by the BBQ to collect matches and whoosh he lost most of his food to a very speedy bird in his absence.
Camped under the tall gum trees we had some shelter and shade from the hot sun and enjoyed short trips to the cool water of the creek.
We tackled the walk to Cockatoo Creek, 3 kms from camp but it was not very scenic; the burnt trees and grasses and rocky track were not too interesting and it was already very warm so we had a quick peak at the creek and returned to the greener prettier Alligator Creek area.
Sadly we listened to the story of a 17 year old girl Che-Nesce, who drowned in the creek in December 2010 when her leg got jammed in the rocks after heavy rain caused the creek to swell and become a raging torrent; her friends tried to free her but she was drowned when they could not keep her head above water; they had to leave her to save themselves. Awful!
There is a memorial cross along the track where the accident happened and you feel sad for everyone involved. There are many warnings here about the way the water increases and rages after rain!
The park is quite busy with day trippers exploring the creek but there were just a few campers each night.
Great spot but remember no camper trailers or caravans and don't forget to book on line or by phone to get your site!
Lovely weather and environment.
Next stop is the town of Bowen.