"Carnarvon National Park" Carnarvon National Park by balhannah

Carnarvon National Park Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 139 photos


Hidden in the rugged ranges of Queensland's central highlands, 720Ks
north west of Brisbane, is the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge.

Carnarvon Gorge features towering sandstone cliffs,
vibrantly coloured side gorges, diverse flora and fauna and Aboriginal rock art.

Fed by rain and artesian springs, Carnarvon Creek has shaped the
Gorge’s landscapes.

Over the last 27 million years, the creek has eroded through 600 metres of basalt and sandstone - the lower 200 metres of which is dominated by spectacular sandstone cliffs.

All of the cultures known to have used Carnarvon Gorge, have treated it as
significant - the Aboriginal's creating some of the best stencil Art galleries
in the World, and the European's, by making it a National Park for future
generations to enjoy.

Most of the walking is easy as the tracks are well maintained.
It pays to be a bit adventurous, and explore the side gorges etc., well worth it!

Carnarvon National Park has recorded 210 bird species, around
60 different mammals, 22 types of frogs, and 90 kinds of reptiles.
Of the numerous plant species, 23 are listed as rare or vulnerable in Queensland.

Check out the creeks, because this is where Platypus live, and you have a
very good chance of spotting them. I saw them clearly every day.

The road in is surfaced but for the final 21ks, and this can be extremely
rough and corrugated, drive slowly and with care.

Watch out for Kangaroos!


This is a very popular park and it is advised to book accommodation
prior to arrival, especially in the school holidays.

Around 65,000 visitors a year make the trek to this outback oasis,
which is well known to the caravanners & campers.

You need quite a few days here to do the bush walks.

We had three full days, and that wasn't enough.
We look forward to a return trip, thoroughly enjoyed it here.

Carnarvon gorge is located between Roma and Emerald.

From Roma, drive 90 km north to Injune then a further 160 km along the Carnarvon Highway.
From Emerald, drive 65 km south to Springsure then 70 km east to Rolleston, and a further 61km to the Carnarvon turnoff.

No fuel is available after leaving Rolleston or Injune. The nearest vehicle and tyre repair facilities are at Roma and Springsure.

The 45 km road to the park has 15 km of unsealed gravel surface. This road can become impassable after rain and is suitable for conventional vehicles and caravans in dry weather
It hadn't been graded when we used this road, and was extremely corrugated and rough, made for a very slow 15kms.

Nearest Towns

Rolleston is the nearest town, 106ks to the north, very little is here,
an outback Aussie town.

Emerald to the North and Roma to the south are the nearest big towns, and it is from one of these that you will head to the Gorge from.
There is good accommodation available at both.

Its a pity this Park is a long way away as its one of our great
National Parks, well worth seeing.

The Australian's know about it, b
But somehow, the Oversea's tourist's seem to miss it!

Check out this website for more...................


Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fantastic scenery
  • Cons:Long way from anywhere, and rough road at the end.
  • In a nutshell:Fantastic bush walks
  • Intro Updated Jun 29, 2010
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Sounds to be a lot of great hiking possibilities in Carnarvon National Park. Great that the walking trails are graded! I have never seen a platypus, but hopefully one day.

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    What a fantastic page! This is a place in QLD I missed, I would love to see it. It looks like a great place to visit.
    Your pictures are wonderful, they really make me want to go to Australia again! Thank you :-)

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Nice page - would welcome a cooling moss garden here right now - we have a bit of a heat wave.

  • ValbyDK's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2010 at 6:20 AM

    Great page. I would love to explore this area.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    hi there. my 1st ever visit to your pages. beautiful pictures of features i am not able to relate to from Canada, but i am fascinated nevertheless. good tips.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2009 at 4:36 AM

    We also camped at Takaraka some years ago and your page brought it all back. Keep saying we must return... Maybe it's as well Carnarvon is a bit remote - otherwise it would be loved to death by the crowds!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Great to see your visit here!I lived and worked at C.G.Oasis Lodge for over a year (maybe its now Takaraka?but it was luxury safari tent accom)and then to Springsure and then Blackall.Loved the Apostle birds out there!so cute and wierd!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2008 at 5:04 AM

    Just beautiful! Have just dragged out my Queensland map to see where this is located and noticed that I have been through Toowoomba :)


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