Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon National Park Capricorn | Outback Queensland

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Journeys

  • Discover an atmosphere like no other when you enter this open-topped cavern—one of Carnarvon’s most dramatic features.

    Journey type
    Walk
    Distance
    8.6km from visitor area (1.2km from Main gorge track) return
    Time suggested
    Allow 4hrs walking time.
    Grade
    Grade 3 walking track
    • No tent camping
    • No toilets
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No lookout
    • Walking
    • No scenic drive
  • Sense the ancient connections captured in the ochre stencils, engravings and freehand paintings that adorn the sandstone walls.

    Journey type
    Walk
    Distance
    10.8km from visitor area (or 600m from Main gorge track) return
    Time suggested
    Allow 4hrs walking time.
    Grade
    Grade 3 walking track
    • No tent camping
    • No toilets
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No lookout
    • Walking
    • No scenic drive
  • Feel on top of the world as you gaze upon awe-inspiring views of distant ranges on the only lookout track from the gorge.

    Journey type
    Walk
    Distance
    6.4km return from the visitor area return
    Time suggested
    Allow 3hrs walking time.
    Grade
    Grade 4 walking track
    • No tent camping
    • No toilets
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • Lookout
    • Walking
    • No scenic drive
  • Rock-hop through the spectacular boulder-strewn landscape of this sheer and sculptured side gorge branching off the main gorge.

    Journey type
    Walk
    Distance
    18.4km return
    Time suggested
    Allow 6hrs walking time.
    Grade
    Grade 4 walking track
    • No tent camping
    • No toilets
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No lookout
    • Walking
    • No scenic drive
  • Ancient rock art reveals Aboriginal people's strong ties to this extraordinary landscape, leaving you spellbound by the cultural significance of this site.

    Journey type
    Walk
    Distance
    18.2km from visitor area return
    Time suggested
    Allow 6 hrs walking time.
    Grade
    Grade 4 walking track
    • No tent camping
    • No toilets
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No lookout
    • Walking
    • No scenic drive
  • Wind your way into the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge and explore canyons, side gorges, ancient rock formations and Aboriginal art sites.

    Journey type
    Walk
    Distance
    19.4km return from the visitor area return
    Time suggested
    Allow 8hrs walking time.
    Grade
    Grade 4 walking track
    • No tent camping
    • Toilets
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No lookout
    • Walking
    • No scenic drive
  • Enter another world as you follow the creek into a narrow side gorge, where your walk becomes a rock-hopping adventure.

    Journey type
    Walk
    Distance
    3km return return
    Time suggested
    Allow 1.5hrs walking time.
    Grade
    Grade 3 walking track
    • No tent camping
    • No toilets
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No lookout
    • Walking
    • No scenic drive
  • Escape the midday sun in the main gorge to explore a lush 'garden' of cascading water, intricate rock formations and lush plant life.

    Journey type
    Walk
    Distance
    7km from visitor area (1.3km from Main gorge track) return
    Time suggested
    Allow 3hrs walking time.
    Grade
    Grade 3 walking track
    • No tent camping
    • Toilets
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No lookout
    • Walking
    • No scenic drive
  • Become one with nature on this short stroll along the shady creek bank for a snapshot of plant life on the gorge floor.

    Journey type
    Walk
    Distance
    1.5km circuit
    Time suggested
    Allow 1hr walking time.
    Grade
    Grade 3 walking track
    • No tent camping
    • No toilets
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No lookout
    • Walking
    • No scenic drive
  • Take an invigorating dip in this rock pool's cool waters, then spend the afternoon picnicking in the shade.

    Journey type
    Walk
    Distance
    600m return from the Rock Pool car park and 3.6km return from the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area. return
    Time suggested
    Allow 10mins walking time from the Rock Pool car park and 1.5hrs walking time from the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area.
    Grade
    Grade 3 walking track
    • No tent camping
    • Toilets
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No lookout
    • Walking
    • No scenic drive
  • Escape from the heat of the main gorge into this shady sanctuary of trickling water, towering ferns and historical connections.

    Journey type
    Walk
    Distance
    9.2km from visitor area (540m from Main gorge track) return
    Time suggested
    Allow 4hrs walking time.
    Grade
    Grade 3 walking track
    • No tent camping
    • No toilets
    • No picnic tables
    • No wheelchair access
    • No lookout
    • Walking
    • No scenic drive