Cania Gorge National Park Bundaberg

Open eucalypt woodland gives way to darker patches of dry rainforest scrub below the sandstone cliffs of Cania Gorge. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown ©️ Queensland Government

Visiting Cania Gorge safely

    The sandstone cliffs of Cania Gorge reach heights of 70m. Always take great care when walking at Cania Gorge, and supervise children closely. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

    The sandstone cliffs of Cania Gorge reach heights of 70m. Always take great care when walking at Cania Gorge, and supervise children closely. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

    Be prepared when walking at Cania Gorge. Always carry water, and expect very hot days in summer. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

    Be prepared when walking at Cania Gorge. Always carry water, and expect very hot days in summer. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

    Getting there and getting around

    Cania Gorge National Park is about 225km west of Bundaberg and can be reached via Cania Road, which branches off the Burnett Highway 12km north of Monto (or 82km south of Biloela). Travel through Moonford for another 13km to the main picnic area. If travelling from Brisbane the park is 500km north-west.

    From Bundaberg: Head east towards Gin Gin and the Bruce Highway on Gin Gin Road. Turn right onto the Bruce Highway and then, on the northern edge of Gin Gin, turn left onto Mt Perry Road. Travel to Mt Perry and turn right onto Monto Road and travel through to the Burnett Highway. Turn right and follow Burnett Highway approximately 35km to Monto. Continue on the Burnett Highway through Monto and after 11km take a right turn onto Cania Road and follow for 12km to enter Cania Gorge National Park.

    From Gladstone: Head south-west on the Dawson Highway to Calliope. Continue west on the Dawson Highway towards Biloela for about 100km. At Biloela turn left and travel south onto the Burnett Highway for about 80km. Take another left onto Cania Road and travel for 12km to arrive at Cania Gorge National Park.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    Wheelchair-accessible toilets and picnic tables are available at Three Moon Creek picnic area. You have to cross grassy areas to reach the sheltered picnic tables and barbecues. The surface under the shelters is sandstone paved.

    Staying safe

    To enjoy a safe visit to this area:

    • Take care near cliff edges—they can be deceptive and are often closer than you think. Keep away from the edge and supervise children at all times.
    • Choose walks that suit your group's ability.
    • Be prepared for your walk, especially in hot weather. Plan to walk early in the day. Wear a hat and sunscreen.
    • Carry sufficient water (creek water is unsuitable for drinking).
    • Walk carefully on loose gravel surfaces. Suitable sturdy, ankle-supporting footwear is recommended.
    • Allow adequate time to complete the walk in daylight hours.
    • Keep to the walking tracks.
    • Obey signs and safety notices.

    For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

    In an emergency

    In case of accident or other emergency please:

    • call Triple Zero (000)
    • call 106 for a text-only message for deaf or speech or hearing impaired callers
    • advise the location and nature of the emergency
    • stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

    The nearest hospital is at Monto.

    Mobile phone coverage is not reliable in Cania Gorge National Park.

    For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    • Bring your own drinking water. Boil or use chemical tablets to treat tank water before use.
    • Be aware that medical help may be hours away in the event of an accident. Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit.
    • Reduce packaging before you leave home. Bring heavy-duty bags or containers to take your rubbish when you leave. No bins are provided in the park.
    • Pack insect repellent, sunscreen and protective clothing (including hats and shoes) to avoid bites, stings and sunburn.
    • Bring your camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.

    Drinking water

    Tank water is available in the picnic area, but it must be treated before drinking. Treat any water collected from the creeks before drinking.

    Opening hours

    Cania Gorge National Park is open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.

    Pets

    Domestic animals are not permitted in Cania Gorge National Park.

    Climate and weather

    Cania Gorge has a hot, dry climate. The summers can be very hot, up to 42°C, while evenings can be a cool 11°C. Winters are dry and pleasantly warm, up to 30°C in the daytime after very cold nights, as low as –3°C. Frosts are not uncommon in winter. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

    Fuel and supplies

    The closest fuel and supplies are available from Monto. For more information see the tourism information links below.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.