Carnarvon Great Walk Capricorn | Outback Queensland

Camp among the cycads and towering eucalypts at Cabbage Tree camping zone (Great Walk). Photo credit: © Queensland Government

Experience a remote and beautiful landscape along the Carnarvon Great Walk. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Cabbage Tree camping zone (Great Walk)

After an exhilarating day’s walking through the highlands, relax in a lofty eucalypt forest scattered with giant cycads.

Accessible by

  • Walk-in

Campground facilities

  • Walking
  • Long walk to tent

Feel on top of the world when you camp here on the edge of the Consuelo Tableland, at 1000m above sea level. Set up camp in this open grassy area surrounded by cycads and towering eucalypts, one of five walkers’ camps on the Carnarvon Great Walk.

Find a perch on one of the fallen logs scattered around the camp to rest your feet and soak up the views. Revel in a remote and beautiful landscape of towering sandstone cliffs, sweeping tablelands and shaded side-gorges. After a peaceful night under the stars you’ll be rejuvenated, relaxed and ready to tackle another day.

Getting there and getting around

Cabbage Tree camping zone (Great Walk) is in Carnarvon National Park, in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, about 720km north-west of Brisbane and 400km west of Gladstone.

  • One of five walkers' camps along the Carnarvon Great Walk, Cabbage Tree camping zone is 13.8km from Consuelo camping zone (Great Walk) and 71.7km from the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area in the Carnarvon Gorge section of the park, half way between Emerald and Roma.
  • You can access the Carnarvon Great Walk from the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area, 5.9km by unsealed road from the park entrance in the Carnarvon Gorge section, or the West Branch camping area, 25km from the park entrance in the Mount Moffatt section of the park.
  • 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.

  • To reach Mount Moffatt from Mitchell, drive 220km north on an unsealed road via Womblebank Station. If you are travelling from Injune, drive 160km north-west via Womblebank Station or Westgrove Station. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended and are essential to get around the park. There are no roads from Mount Moffatt direct to the other sections of the park.

  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Cabbage Tree camping zone (Great Walk) is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

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

Seasonal closures

The Carnarvon Great Walk is closed from the start of November to the end of February—the hottest time of the year. The track may also be closed at other times during fires or adverse weather conditions, for essential track maintenance or for safety reasons.

The Cabbage Tree camping zone has water provided via an underground tank.

The Cabbage Tree camping zone has water provided via an underground tank. Photo: R. Brown, Queensland Government

Descending from Boolimba Bluff to Carnarvon Creek on the last stage of the Great Walk

Descending from Boolimba Bluff to Carnarvon Creek on the last stage of the Great Walk. Photo: R. Brown, Queensland Government

Walkers’ camp features: Open grassy campsite where giant cycads and towering eucalypts are a feature of this highlands landscape.

Location: On the eastern edge of the Consuelo Tableland, at over 1000 m above sea-level. 13.8 km via the Great Walk trail from Consuelo camping zone.

Access: The walkers’ camp is accessible by foot.

Number of sites: There are no designated or numbered sites. The maximum capacity for the camping area is 10 people. Do not camp within 20 m of the water collection point—there are underground tanks that can be easily damaged.

Campsites are suitable for: walk-in camping only.

Campsite surface: Grass.

Facilities: Water (must be treated before drinking).

Open fires: Prohibited–fuel or gas stoves only.

Essentials to bring: Fuel or gas stove, water treatment tablets or purification kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, rubbish bag. Read more about before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: Nil. For emergency communication advice see Walk safely.

Visiting safely

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

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.