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The incredible Carnarvon Gorge National Park, hidden in the rugged ranges of Capricorn's Central Highlands, is a wonderland of rainforest, creeks and cliffs and should be number one on your list of secret spots to visit in Australia.
Drive through the haze hovering above surrounding dry plains to arrive at the lush gorges and rocky creeks waiting to refresh you at Carnarvon Gorge. The marvellous narrow-sided gorges, cliffs, moss gardens, Aboriginal rock art sites and glorious and abundant plant and bird life are in stark contrast to the surrounding brigalow country. The Gorge is a great place to see wildlife, with over 173 bird species inhabiting or visiting the park. Enjoy birdwatching and, at night, use a torch to spot native sugar glider possums and bush-stone curlews. Keep an eye out for other native animals such as the elusive platypus as well as kangaroos, king parrots and fig-birds. Wander amongst soaring palms, cycads and she-oaks and you can't help but feel a calming of the mind and soul.
The towering sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured gorges and diverse flora and fauna take pride of place here, and with Carnarvon Creek meandering through the length of the soft sandstone escarpment, Carnarvon Gorge is a paradise for walkers. It is a place that you can explore over an extended period of time or at short intervals. We recommend you allow at least 4-6 days to walk the 27 kilometres of graded tracks and to explore the side gorges and Aboriginal art sites.
Learn about the area's significance to the Aboriginal people by taking the 500m self-guided walk to Baloon Cave or a half-day walk to the impressive Art Gallery. Discover ancient Aboriginal stencilling, engraving and freehand paintings dating back tens of thousands of years, concealed within the towering sandstone escarpments.
Don't miss the Rewan Memorial on your way into the Gorge. This memorial was erected to honour the lives of those Australian and US soldiers who were aboard a C47B Dakota aircraft which crash landed in Carnarvon Creek near Rewan Station, while en-route from Darwin to Brisbane in 1943. Cabin and Caravan accommodation is available near the Gorge and open all year round. Camping in the Carnarvon Gorge day-use area is only permitted during the Easter, winter and spring Queensland School Holidays. Big Bend camping area, reached by a 9.7 kilometre walk, is open all year. Remote camping in other areas of the park is also available. Permits required.
Carnarvon Gorge Access Road is a beautiful 40km scenic drive through vast winding cattle property. The last 11 kilometres of this road is unsealed and fully accessible to all vehicles and caravans. Injune and Rolleston are the last stops for fuel before heading towards Carnarvon Gorge.