Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon National Park Capricorn | Outback Queensland

Awesome sunrises splash hues of pink onto the sandstone cliffs on the Boolimba Bluff walk. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

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Boolimba Bluff walk

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
6.4km return from the visitor area return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 3hrs walking time.
Grade 4 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)
  • Walking

Discover what lies above the gorge’s cliffs on this challenging walk to Boolimba Bluff, 200m above Carnarvon Creek. Not for the faint-hearted, you’ll climb a series of ladders and 300 steps to reach your final destination, but the views across the gorge are more than worth it.

Branching off the Main gorge track, this walk leads through a diverse range of landscapes before the ‘big climb’. Learn about the geology of the gorge and Boolimba Bluff from signs at the lookout.The lookout is at its best during sunrise, so plan to walk at dawn when you’ll see the pastel-pink hues dance across the creamy sandstone cliffs.

Getting there and getting around

The Boolimba Bluff walk is in the Carnarvon Gorge section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, halfway between Emerald and Roma.

  • The Boolimba Bluff track starts 1km along the Main gorge track, which begins at the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area 5.9km by road from the park entrance.
  • To reach Carnarvon Gorge from Roma, drive 90km north to Injune then a further 160km along the Carnarvon Highway to the Carnarvon Gorge turn-off. If you are travelling from Emerald, drive 65km south to Springsure then 70km east to Rolleston, and a further 61km along the Carnarvon Highway to the Carnarvon Gorge turn-off.  From here, the 45km road to the park entrance is sealed.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Boolimba Bluff walk is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Carnarvon Gorge safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.