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Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge is a spectacular natural wonder located in Central Queensland, Australia. This ancient sandstone formation is famous for its stunning gorges, towering cliffs, crystal-clear creeks, and unique flora and fauna. It is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and nature lovers who come to explore its diverse landscapes, rich cultural history, and abundant wildlife. Carnarvon Gorge offers a range of activities, including guided walks, camping, and birdwatching, making it a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the beauty of the Australian wilderness.

Things To Do
Getting There

Getting to Carnarvon Gorge

The good news for visitors to Carnarvon Gorge is that the road is now sealed all the way in. So you can now visit the gorge in any vehicle. It is also important to note that the road crosses Carnarvon Creek twice and is subject to flooding. 

From Roma: Drive 90km north to Injune then a further 160km along the Carnarvon Highway to the Carnarvon Gorge turn-off. 


From Emerald: Drive 65km south to Springsure then 70km east to Rolleston, and a further 61km along the Carnarvon Highway to the Carnarvon Gorge turn-off.

From Rockhampton: Drive west on the Capricorn Highway for 110km (just to the west of Duaringa) then turning south onto the Fitzroy Developmental Rd / State Route 7 for 103km. Then turn back to the west from Bauhinia to Rolleston (77km) before turning south along the Carnarvon Highway for 61km, then turn right onto Wyseby Road and follow for 44km (via Obriens Rd) to Carnarvon Gorge. 

Planning Your Visit

Planning Your Trip

Current Weather Forecast

Best Times to Visit Carnarvon Gorge

Choosing the right time to visit Carnarvon Gorge ensures an unforgettable experience is this stunning destination. Consider the following factors for an optimal trip:

Weather Conditions:

Carnarvon Gorge experiences a temperate to sub-tropical climate, but it's crucial to plan around the seasons:

  1. Autumn (March to May):

    • Mild temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C.

    • Decreased rainfall and lower humidity provide comfortable hiking conditions, although we can still get some warm days. 

    • There is still relatively low visitation at this time of year, making May one of the ideal times of year to visit for many people. 

  2. Winter (June to August):

    • Cooler temperatures ranging from 0°C to 25°C.

    • Crisp, clear days make it an ideal time for hiking, with minimal rainfall.

    • This is the time of year with the highest visitation. 

  3. Spring (September to November):

    • Warmer temperatures, ranging from 10°C to 35°C.

    • Vibrant flora and blossoming wildflowers add color to the landscape.

  4. Summer (December to February):

    • Warm to hot temperatures, ranging from 20°C to 42°C.

    • Higher chances of rainfall, but the gorge transforms into a lush, green oasis.

    • There is much lower visitation in these months as storms are frequent and the days can get very hot. 

Quick Facts about Visiting Carnarvon Gorge:

  1. Location:

    • Carnarvon Gorge is situated in the Carnarvon National Park in Queensland, Australia.

    • Accessed from the Carnarvon Highway between Rolleston and Injune. 

  2. Trail Highlights:

    • Explore iconic trails like the Moss Garden Walk, Amphitheatre, Ward's Canyon, Art Gallery, and Boolimba Bluff for breathtaking views.

  3. Wildlife Encounters:

    • Encounter unique Australian wildlife, including wallabies, kangaroos, platypuses, and a variety of bird species.

  4. Accommodation:

    • Accommodations range from camping facilities to comfortable lodges, providing options for different preferences. 

    • It is important to book at least 6 months ahead to secure your accommodation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  5. Guided Tours:

    • Consider joining guided tours for in-depth insights into the geological features, indigenous history, and local flora and fauna. 

  6. Pack Essentials:

    • Bring sturdy hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, and a hat for a comfortable and safe trek.

  7. Photography Opportunities:

    • Capture the stunning landscapes, ancient rock formations, and vibrant plant life throughout the gorge.

Plan your visit to Carnarvon Gorge to coincide with favorable weather, ensuring an enriching and enjoyable experience.

For a more accurate weather forecast, click the link below.

Queensland School Holidays in 2024:

  • Term 1: March 29th to April 14th

  • Term 2: June 22nd to July 7th

  • Term 3: September 14th to September 29th 

  • Visitation during the school holidays is much higher, so if you prefer quieter tracks while exploring the national park, visiting before or after school holidays is recommended. 

    To download the QPWS Visitor Guide for Carnarvon Gorge, click the button below.

    Why go on tour with us?

    Why go on tour with us? 

    Having grown up in the area, Carnarvon Gorge is one of our owner/guide's backyard. We have a strong passion and love for this incredible part of the world. On our days off we are always out exploring more of the area so we can understand the landscape as best we can. 

    With a collective 16 years working as tour guides and outdoor recreation leaders, and also accredited Savannah Guides, your guides are dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your experience. 

    Carnarvon Gorge - Moss Garden

    Other tours available in Carnarvon Gorge

    We are very flexible with our tours in Carnarvon Gorge. If you would like to see more of the gorge with an experienced guide, who will help you see the hidden gems of this special place, then get in contact with us and we would be happy to help. 

    Big Bend 

    Starting at $350 for the full day.  

    The ultimate Carnarvon Gorge experience! This walk takes you to the end of the main track in the gorge, with a total of 21km - 24km in the day, you will see all the major sites. There is no better way to experience all that the gorge has to offer! 

    Boolimba Bluff 

    Starting at $200 for half day. 

    Feel on top of the world as you gaze upon awe-inspiring views of Carnarvon Gorge and the surrounding cliffs. This is a fantastic way to see the landscape from above, to truly see the scale of this magnificent place. On this guided walk, we will delve deeper into the geological processes that have led to the gorge forming, and the plants and animals that have called it home for time immemmorial. 

    Mickey Creek / Warrumbah Gorge

    Contact us for prices. 

    What feels like entering another world, this rock-hopping adventure takes you into two very different areas with their own unique beauty that simply needs to be seen if you are staying in the area. On this guided walk, we will delve deeper into what makes this place so special and how it has acted as a refuge over millennia. 

    Other tours available in Carnarvon


    Photos by Tourism & Events Queensland

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