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“Add this to your bucket list!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge
Carnarvon National Park, Rolleston, Queensland, Australia
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Rolleston
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
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Brisbane
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28 attraction reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Add this to your bucket list!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This is an amazing place, especially the side gorges. After checking into the Lodge we did the closer walks before dinner. Mickey's Creek is great and is a good primer for the main gorge. The next morning we drove the 3.5km to the National Parks HQ info centre and set off up the main gorge. The walk requires a reasonable level of fitness as there is a fair bit of up and down. You also need a good sense of balance when crossing the creek - some of the stepping stones wobble. We ended up visiting the Art Gallery, Ward's Canyon, the Amphitheatre and the Moss Garden. For natural beauty, the last three are absolutely gob-smackingly stunning. It took us (mid-60s) about 6 hours to do the 14km round trip. The temp was in the low 20s. I wouldn't try it on a hot day. Take plenty of water and some snacks and wear good hiking shoes (although my wife got by with a good pair of runners). Some people had walking sticks and these would be helpful. The unsealed part of the road is pretty rough. We had a mid-size 2WD sedan and felt every corrugation.

Visited May 2013
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Jamberoo, Australia
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“Nice walks through pleasant scenery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Walks are good and although the scenery is not breathtakingly spectacular it was still pleasant. Good bird watching. The amphitheatre is a must see.

Visited May 2013
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Glenview, Qld, Australia
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“Well worth the drive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Truly beautiful place! Amazing scenery, hidden attractions, plenty to discover. The main walk is long (about 19km return) but not too arduous. Many, many criss-crossings of the river meant that walking sandals proved better than boots - the early crossings are easy but later they become a bit more precarious and so we gave up and paddled through! Took advice and walked to far end without taking any side detours and then on the way back took time to explore the various sights. We did this the first day, covering all of the attractions at the far end of the Gorge and then headed back before losing the light. On a subsequent day, we visited the nearer attractions, spending more time on them.

Can't really decide which bit I liked best but Bowinda Gorge and the Moss Garden are strong contenders. However, there was a beautiful little pool, just on the track itself, that had a really magical air about it - sure it was a little fairy glen!!

To add to the responses to some of the questions below - there are "bathroom facilities" at the start of the walk, at the very far end (at the NP campsite) and at The Moss Garden. However, they are basic (but welcome!) Also you DEFINITELY need more than 3 hours!!!!! 3 days would be my recommended minimum! We did the long walk on day 1, I rested on day 2 but others climbed the Bluff (LOTS of climbing and steps) and then did a shorter walk on day 3. Could happily have stayed longer, just chilling out at Takarakka Bush Resort.

Visited April 2013
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Munich, Germany
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“Wonderful Gorge and Nature Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We visited this Nature Park on our 6 week trip in Australia. We traveled as a family, and the Carnarvon Gorge was one of the highlights for all of us. Hike into the gorge is not too difficult. Our 4 and 6 year old managed a big part of the walk themselves, we did some carrying, but not because of the terrain, but because they got tired ;-).
There was so much to see. Explanations on the Aboriginal Art site were good. Our youngest spotted our first Echidna on this hike.

Bring water, sun hats, sun screen. But that is standard on hikes in Australia anyway.

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Simon Ling's tour was a highlight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed 4 nights at Takarakka and on the first day did a 14km guided walk with Simon Ling. He was totally amazing, there wasn't a thing that he didn't know about the flora, fauna and aboriginal history. We walked with our children (14, 10 and 7) and they had a ball with Simon. The pace was easy, we saw the aboriginal Art Gallery, the amphitheater, Ward's Canyon and the moss garden.
On the next days we did the bluff walk, the rock pools and Warrumbah Gorge, which was on the same path as Mickey's Creek. Warrumbah was fantastic, with sides that gradually closed in so that you could touch both sides of the gorge. We swam at the platypus swim hole at the campground and saw heaps of great wildlife.
It was the stay of a lifetime. If you can do Simon's tour. It was the best tour we've ever done. You won't regret it!

Visited April 2013
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