For over 19 kilometres the Main Gorge Track follows Carnarvon Creek into the heart of the gorge under towering cliffs, across stepping stones in the creek and you will discover Aboriginal rock art and cultural sites, fernfilled gorges, breathtaking sandstone structures, rainforest pockets. A wonderful oasis in the outback.
Located in Central Queensland approximately 600 kilometres north west of Brisbane, it is 30 kilometres long and 600 metres deep at the mouth. The closest towns are Injune in the south and Rolleston in the north, we had travelled by vehicle, towing our caravan from the south on the Canarvon Highway.
Staying in the Takarakka bush resort for three nights we experienced Australian nature at its best. Teaming with birdlife, kookaburras, magpies and many smaller species they were all accustomed to humans and came quite close to our camp.
When exploring Carnarvon Gorge, the advice from National Parks is to trek to the farthest point of the Main Gorge Track you wish to visit for the day and then retrace and explore each point of interest on your return.
The Main Gorge Track with take you to the Ampitheatre Walk, leading to the tired ladder and narrow chasm that opens into the vast Ampitheatre.
The track will also take you to the Moss Garden Walk. Following the board walk, with a cool stream on one side and lichen covered rock walls with water dripping from ferns and lichen, the air is cool and a welcome respite from the heat outside
Wards Canyon was arguably the most difficult location to access. If our friends had not been there before, I think myself and my better half maybe would have opted out of the climb. But once there it was certainly worth the effort.
Of significant Aboriginal cultural heritage is the Art Gallery and Cathedral Cave.
Our second day of exploring Carnarvon Gorge, took us to Mickeys Creek