Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon National Park Capricorn | Outback Queensland

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Like to become a campground host?

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

Be inspired: Beyond brilliant—an adventurers’ guide to Carnarvon Gorge

Nestled in Queensland’s sandstone wilderness, Carnarvon Gorge is on everyone’s bucket list, or should be! Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Walking tracks summary

To make the most of your time and to help plan your walking adventure simply download the Carnarvon Gorge walking track map (PDF, 409.9KB) and Carnarvon Gorge Walk Planner (PDF, 166.7KB) .

Carnarvon National Park's walking tracks have been graded to help you select a walk that matches your bushwalking experience and fitness. Take time to read these class descriptions before walking in the park.

Short walks

Accessed from Track nameClassification Distance return (time)
Parking areas along
the road into the park
Mickey Creek GorgeGrade 3 3km (1.5hr)
Rock PoolGrade 3 600m (30min)
Visitor area Nature trailGrade 31.5km (1hr)
Boolimba BluffGrade 46.4km (2-3hr)

Main gorge walking track

The main gorge walking track crosses Carnarvon Creek many times as it winds the 9.7km from the visitor centre to Big Bend. Side-tracks from the main gorge track lead to a range of sites. The track is mostly flat, although the side-tracks involve steeper sections.

The featured sites on side-tracks can be combined to create one-day walks. For example, the Moss Garden, Amphitheatre, Ward's Canyon and the Art Gallery sites can be visited on a 14km return one-day walk.

Track nameClassificationDistance return (time)
Moss GardenGrade 37km (2-3hr)
AmphitheatreGrade 38.6km (3-4hr)
Wards CanyonGrade 39.2km (3-4hr)
Art GalleryGrade 310.8km (3-4hr)
Cathedral CaveGrade 418.2km (5-6hr)
Boowinda GorgeGrade 418.4km (5-6hr)
Big Bend camping areaGrade 419.4km (7-8hrs)