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Main gorge track
Wind your way into the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge and explore canyons, side gorges, ancient rock formations and Aboriginal art sites.
- Journey type
- 19.4km 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 8hrs walking time.
- Grade 4 walking track
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- Conventional vehicle
- Toilets (non-flush)
- Photo credit: Michael O'Connor © Queensland Government
- Photo credit: Adam Creed © Queensland Government
Choose your own adventure as you follow Carnarvon Creek into the heart of the main gorge. Under towering cliffs, discover fern-filled side gorges, ancient sandstone formations, breathtaking geological structures and important Aboriginal rock art sites.
Tackle the track as a full day walk, or plan to spend a couple of days. We recommend you walk to the furthest point on the main track first, and explore the side tracks on your return. That means you don’t have to walk as far the next day! If you’d like to spend the night in the gorge, bed down under the stars at the Big Bend camping area.
Getting there and getting around
The Main gorge track is in the Carnarvon Gorge section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, halfway between Emerald and Roma.
- The Main gorge track starts in the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area, 5.9km by unsealed 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 mostly sealed.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Before you visit
Main gorge track is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
- Campsite closures - due to COVID19 social distancing rules 19 September to 11 October 2020