Mount Moffatt, Carnarvon National Park Capricorn | Outback Queensland

Cathedral Rock is a sandstone bluff with unusual rectangular patterns on its grey and weathered surface. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Cathedral Rock walk

Take a short stroll to explore a fascinating monolith of ancient sandstone from every angle.

Journey type
380m return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 20min walking time.
Grade 3 walking track

Accessible by

  • 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Grab your camera and take the short walk from the Sandstone day-use area to the base of this towering Precipice Sandstone bluff. Appreciate the geological grandeur of the towering pillar of stone, contrasted against the deep green of the woodland and clear blue of the sky.

The coloured surfaces of the sandstone have been weathered and fractured into geometric patterns, and every angle is unique. Some visitors think the scale-like surface is reminiscent of a giant reptile. See how many figures and shapes you can pick out as you explore around each side.

Getting there and getting around

Cathedral Rock walk is in the Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, about 220km north of Mitchell.

  • The Cathedral Rock walk starts opposite the Sandstone day-use area, which is 2km from the park entrance.
  • 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.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Cathedral Rock 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 Mount Moffatt safely and Walk with care.