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Carnarvon Gorge

Travel Guide Oceania Australia Queensland Carnarvon Gorge

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Introduction

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Carnarvon Gorge forms the central and most accessible section of the Central Queensland sandstone belt. To the east there is Robinson Gorge housed within the Expedition National Park and to the west the Salvator Rosa National Park housing Spyglass Peak and other attractions. Carnarvon Gorge features spectacular sandstone cliffs 200 metres high, ancient Aboriginal art and rainforest gorges leading off the main gorge all in a day's walk.

Sights and Activities

The main walking track is 10 kilometres (one way) out and return well maintained and signposted track with a number of sub-tracks leading off to the main attractions.

The Amphitheatre is a fully enclosed sandstone cave with an open roof. It is of spiritual significance to the local indigenous people and many do not have the required status to enter the inner cave.

The Moss Gardens and Wards Canyon offer a stark contrast to the surrounding area with flora more resembling a rain forest than the dry Central Queensland.

The Art Gallery and Cathederal Cave are home to an array of Aboriginal art.

Allow 2 days to fully explore the main gorge. Shorter walks are another option, most starting from the visitors centre.

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Opening Hours

During daylight hours.

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Cost

Walking track access is free .

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Getting There

By Car

From Emerald, take the A7 south through Springsure and then Rolleston where you need to turn right and follow the A55 towards Injune. Look out for the turnoff to the right approximately 65 kilometres from Rolleston.

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Eat

The lodge offers an a-la-carte restaurant open to the public. Bookings are advised. Afternoon tea and scones are also on the menu.

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Drink

The lodge restaurant has a licensed bar.

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Sleep

You will pass the Lodge approximately 2 kilometres before the visitors centre. Alternately, there is camping available 5 kilometres from the visitors centre.

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