Discover and visit the beautiful Carnarvon Gorge
With majestic rock formations and spectacular scenery, this world-class wilderness destination should be on every Queenslander’s travel bucket list.
But it’s not for the faint-hearted. This is an energetic holiday so before you pack the car you’ll need to do some serious research and be prepared.
Allow at least a week to fully appreciate the beauty of this internationally acclaimed national park. April to September is the best time to visit – certainly not the summer months.
GETTING THERE FROM TOOWOOMBA
Carnarvan National Park is a good 11-hour drive from Toowoomba. The quickest route is via Miles but you could also travel via Roma – or maybe on the way home.
Carnarvon Gorge is famous for its varied and beautiful walks – 23 in fact. There are walks through gorges, walks with ancient rock art and walks with sweeping views. The easiest is probably the Moss Garden at just three hours and the most advanced is the Carnarvon Great Walk, which takes a solid seven days. You’ll need to be an experienced bushwalker and camper for this one.
WHERE TO STAY
There are 13 camping grounds throughout the national park. If you prefer creature comforts then check out the Takarakka Bush Resort’s cottages, studios, cabins and camp sites. For the “glampers” check out the safari cabins at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge.
WHAT TO PACK
Visit your local outdoor/camping store and kit yourself out with all the gear that will keep you safe on the trail. Get professional advice on the right shoes for your feet and backpack for your ability.