Over millions of years, water has eroded a deep and dramatic gorge system within the layers of soft, white sandstone – creating majestic cliffs that change colour with the movement of the sun. Carnarvon Creek flows all year, giving life to a luxuriant growth of ferns, palms, shrubs and trees.
Things to Experience
Walking Take a hike to explore more of the natural beauty of this rugged wilderness. A minimum of three days is recommended to walk the tracks, explore the side gorges and visit Aboriginal cultural sites.
Remote Walking Pack your hiking gear and take on the remote sections of the Carnarvon Great Walk. You’ll need six to seven days, good preparation and high-level bush walking experience to complete this amazing journey.
Rock Art on sandstone overhangs are a fragile reminder of Aboriginal people’s long and continuing connection with the gorge. These ochre stencils, rock engravings and freehand paintings are some of the finest Aboriginal rock imagery in Australia.
Wildlife There are loads of opportunities for birdwatching! More than 170 bird species inhabit or visit the park. A night walk with a torch can reveal gliders, possums and bush stonecurlews. Catch a glimpse of platypus, possums and other creek life on an early morning stroll along the one kilometre Nature Trail.
Picnic Areas At the entrance to Carnarvon Gorge, a large, grassy picnic area is set amongst towering eucalypts and cabbage palms. Wheelchair accessible toilets and tables, gas barbecues and drinking water are available.
Swimming Take a refreshing dip in the Rock Pool, carved from the bed of Carnarvon Creek by the turbulent waters of past floods. It is the only place designated for swimming.
Guided Tours and Talks Enhance your Carnarvon Gorge adventure with a guided tour by one of the commercial operators.
Scenic Flight Treat yourself to a scenic flight and take in the magnificent views of Molyamber Gorge.
Rewan Memorial On your way into Carnarvon Gorge, visit the Rewan Memorial, erected to honour the lives of the Australian and US soldiers who were aboard a Dakota C-47 aircraft that broke up in a violent storm
Other Top Spots to Explore Carnarvon National Park has three other sections. Take a four-wheel-drive adventure to Salvator Rosa, Ka Ka Mundi (accessed via Springsure) and Mount Moffatt (accessed via Injune).
- Salvator Rosa Rocky sandstone crags and spires dominate the skyline. Enjoy crystal clear springs and colourful wildflower displays. Camp under the timeless night sky next to the Nogoa River.
- Ka Ka Mundi Drive though the undulating sandstone country and discover stately bottle trees emerging from silver brigalow forest. Camp by the springs and watch abundant birdlife.
- Mount Moffatt Enjoy spectacular views from the Consuelo Tableland, the highest plateau in Queensland.