Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon National Park Capricorn | Outback Queensland

With cool, trickling water, Ward's Canyon is a great place to visit on a hot day. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

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Ward's Canyon walk

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 Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 4hrs walking time.
Grade
Grade 3 walking track
Where
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Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

A short steep climb through towering spotted gums leads past Lower Aijon Falls to the entrance of this beautiful side gorge off the Main Gorge track. When you pass through the opening you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. King ferns—the world’s largest— mingle with slender tree ferns and other lush gorge vegetation. With links to ancient Gondwanan flora, the king ferns are the ‘green dinosaurs’ of this landscape.

Spend some time in this naturally air-conditioned spot and watch the water trickle over vivid orange and green algae-coated rocks. Before you leave, read about the Ward brothers who made this area their seasonal home.

Getting there and getting around

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

  • Ward's Canyon walk branches off the Main gorge track and continues for 270m to Ward's Canyon.
  • The turn-off to Ward's Canyon walk is 5.9km along the Main gorge trackfrom the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area.
  • The Carnarvon Gorge visitor areais 5.9km by mostly sealed 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.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Ward's Canyon 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.