Carnarvon Gorge is a brilliant place to visit. Unfortunately if you are travelling as a family and are not camping, there are few affordable options of where to stay.
We hired the cottage which is in a central part of the park. The cottage itself is one large room with double bed, bunk bed, and kitchenette with small table. There is a lounge, but it is very hard to use as it is squashed next to the bed and likely to become the place you store your luggage. It also has a shower/toilet. It is very tight and whilst clean was quite basic. The heating was functional, which is needed on cool nights in July!
So, not bad, but not great when you consider the price ($255/night). In fact it is extremely poor value for money. It is such a shame that there is not much other option for staying here. If you really don’t have other options and want to walk the Gorge, do stay – just don’t have your expectations too high!
PS - the river crossing into the caravan park is pretty rough. You can do it in a normal car, but be prepared to be very careful.