About Carnarvon National Park
250 km south of Emerald.
First To Review: Marie T.
Oct 29, 2008
Carnarvon National Park is a ruggedly beautiful park which is divided in several sections.
The most accessible one is the stunning Carnarvon Gorge, a 32km canyon carved by the waters of Carnarvon Creek.
It consists of towering white cliffs, moss gardens, caves full of Aboriginal art, deep pools, lush eucalyptus forests...
The vegetation and wildlife is simply unique and astonishing, and the Aboriginal art sites feature stencils and hand paintings sheltered inside huge caves.
The main walking track is very easy to follow and takes you through the gorge, with detours to various points of interests, including Moss Garden, a lovely cool and shaded area perfect for getting away from the hot sun; Ward's Canyon, full of magical giant ferns; Art Gallery and Cathedral Cave, both decorated with Aboriginal art. Start walking early, as it does get incredibly hot and make sure you carry enough food and water.
You can walk the 20km to the end of the track and back in a day.
The next day, you can watch the spectacular sunrise from Boolimba Bluff, and then wander through the lovely Mickey Creek in the afternoon.
Comfortable cabin accomodation is available at the Takarakka Bush Resort, or you can also camp provided you have a permit and booked in advance.
This national park is not very busy, being a fair distance off the coast, but it is one of my favourite places in Australia.
You might be lucky to spot a platypus in the creek, and you will definitely meet many friendly kangaroos!
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