Interestingly named Alligator Creek is a rural/residential district 20km from central Townsville, with a population of around 2000.
With much of the surrounding land given over to conservation, the town's major asset is its proximity to the stunning Bowling Green Bay National Park.
Upstream, in the Mount Elliot part of the National Park, there are pools and cascades and, despite the relatively low rainfall around Townsville, the Range catches enough moisture to support a tropical rainforest.
Bowling Green Bay National Park is a major attraction to both locals and tourists, covering 57,900 hectares of coastal and mountainous country. The park includes a wetland that has gained international recognition as a significant habitat for waterfowl.