Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon National Park Capricorn | Outback Queensland

The natural beauty of Mickey Creek makes all the rock-hopping worthwhile! Photo credit: John Augusteyn © Queensland Government

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

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The department is seeking volunteers to act as campground hosts at Carnarvon Gorge section, Carnarvon National Park over the Queensland school holidays. Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Mickey Creek Gorge walk

Enter another world as you follow the creek into a narrow side gorge, where your walk becomes a rock-hopping adventure.

Journey type
3km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1.5hr walking time
Grade 3 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Wander along Mickey Creek then squeeze, clamber and rock-hop your way into Mickey Creek Gorge. It’s so narrow in places you can touch both sides with outstretched arms.

Delicate orchids, lush ferns and brilliant-green mosses adorn the colourful walls and floors of this picturesque gorge. Sunlight only penetrates for a short time so the gorge is equipped with its own natural air conditioning—a welcome reprieve on a hot, sunny day! Explore every nook and cranny as you twist around boulders and hop across the trickling creek beneath the towering walls. Timid swamp wallabies live here…so keep your eyes peeled!

Getting there and getting around

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

  • The Mickey Creek Gorge walk starts from the Mickey Creek car park, 4km from the park entrance along the access road to Carnarvon Gorge visitor area.
  • 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

Mickey Creek Gorge 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.