Carnarvon National Park
Delve into sandstone country
Your 4WD adventure is waiting in Central Queensland’s Sandstone Country. Drive through the haze hovering above surrounding dry plains to arrive at the lush gorges and rocky creeks waiting to refresh you at Carnarvon National Park. The towering sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured gorges and diverse flora and fauna take pride of place here, although there are other nearby national parks offering rugged ‘extensions’ on your journey of discovery if you are looking to get off the beaten track.
Allow at least a few days to fully explore Carnarvon National Park, a geological museum, Aboriginal art gallery, botanic garden and wildlife sanctuary boasting more than 170 species of birds, all rolled into one amazing location.
Carnarvon National Park is home to the incredible Carnarvon Gorge—over 30km of dramatic sandstone cliffs sculpted by Carnarvon Creek over a period of some 26 million years. The spectacular white sandstone cliffs of the steep-sided gorge, with its narrow, vibrantly-coloured and lush side-gorges, shelter remnant rainforest plants. You will find ancient cycads and endemic fan palms, as well as some of the finest Aboriginal rock art in Australia—ochre stencils, rock engravings and freehand paintings. Learn from an Aboriginal ranger about Aboriginal people’s long and continuing relationship with this dramatic landscape. To the Traditional Custodians, the gorge continues to be ‘a place of learning’—let the land teach you a new appreciation of Aboriginal culture and history. At the base of the gorge, if you’re quiet and still, you may spot a platypus diving and swimming in a local waterhole. Spend a peaceful evening in a retreat located at the entrance to the park. If you are feeling adventurous, hike up the gorge and camp in the remoter sections, where it truly is just you and nature.
Location and getting there
196km S of Emerald. Access is from the Carnarvon Hwy between Injune and Rolleston, via Springsure and Rolleston along the Gregory and Dawson Hwys from Emerald.
Visitor facilities and opportunities
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