Barratta Creek camping area
Pack your camping gear and four-wheel-drive vehicle for an unforgettable stay at Barratta Creek. Nestled in a mangrove and creek environment, you can set up a camper trailer or tent and enjoy the peacefulness of nature. Cast your line in the water and relax while waiting for the fish to bite, or take the binoculars and explore the area’s unsealed roads. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent to keep the bugs away while you enjoy the great outdoors.
How to get to Barratta Creek
Head out along Jerona Road until the dit track on the right (marked on the map).
Lynch's Beach & Cape Bowling Green sand spit
The remaining low-lying areas of the national park are composed of Quaternary sand dunes, beach deposits, coastal mud flats, and silt. The southeastern boundary of the park is marked by the Cape Bowling Green sand pit, which is a regionally significant site as one of the longest sand spits on the Queensland coast. Measuring over 14km in length, the sand spit is constantly reshaped by the forces of wind and waves, as well as seasonal flooding events. This habitat is virtually identical to that of a sand cay, and it is an important nesting site for marine turtles, waders, and seabirds. In the sheltered bays between Cape Bowling Green and Cape Cleveland, there are large areas of mangroves and mud flats. These mangroves are backed by seasonal wetlands with fresh and brackish water. Bowling Green Bay contains some of the richest coastal habitats in northeast Australia, and it is home to a diverse range of bird species, including migratory birds. The lowland section of Bowling Green Bay National Park has been listed under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance.
How to get to Cape Bowling Green
Alva Beach, located just a 20-minute drive from Ayr, is a peaceful spot that's perfect for relaxation and exploration. During low tide, the beach offers ample opportunity for discovery, with a plethora of soldier crabs, shells, and birdlife. The outer sand bars also form inshore lagoons that are popular with kitesurfers and paddle boarders on the weekends. Additionally, the beach is a popular spot for fishing, with many anglers hauling in impressive catches to show off.
From Alva, head out along the beach.
Be warned, the old mangrove forest beneath the surface of the sand. It's not recommended to drive out along the sand spit due to the risk of loose your vehicle in the muddy mangrove bog. Local's only take atvs & quad bikes out there.