5 Day Carnarvon Gorge Outback Explorer Tour
A 5 day, all inclusive, camping safari will allow you time to absorb the majesty of Carnarvon Gorge, part of the 217,000 hectare Carnarvon National Park, at your leisure. The features of Carnarvon Gorge are many and varied on this trip discover Carnarvon Creek, it has cut the dramatic 30km long 600m deep gorge, out of the surrounding sandstone ranges.
Also experience 20,000 years of Aboriginal history 'stencilled' onto the gorge walls. The ancient techniques displayed are considered of the highest level found anywhere in the world.
Visit a lush oasis. Fairyland moss gardens, rare giant ferns (Angiopteris), ancient cabbage tree palms and orchids to name just a few of the unusual and unique subtropical plants on show.
View the prolific Wildlife. Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Whip Tailed Wallabies, Pied Currawongs, Kookaburra, Bushtail possums and Goannas are your close neighbours while camping in Carnavon Gorge. Emus, Broglas, Plains Turkey, Echidna, Platypus, Lizards and Snakes are often encountered on the bushwalks throughout the Gorge.
An experienced guide will lead you to where you want to go, to the most spectacular scenery, hidden smaller gorges, amazing lookouts and crystal-clear swimming holes.
Depart Brisbane for Toowoomba with morning tea at Dalby. 4WD into the "Brigalow Belt", through Chinchilla, with lunch at Roma or Injune. Drive onto Takarrakka camping reserve at Carnarvon National Park. Sunset at Platypus Pools.
Visit Hellhole Gorge, this gorge is at 3km from the camping area. It is long and sinuous, and changes in detail from flood to flood.
Then experience Boolimba Bluff, this is at 3.2km from the camping area. After the first creek crossing, this track is to the right, off the main gorge track. The bluff is 200 metres above the gorge floor, so a series of stone steps and ladders have been built into the track to make the steep climb easier. Boolimba Bluff offers a panoramic view of the gorge and the geological components of the area can be identified.
Moss Garden, this feature, at 3.6km from the camping area, is situated in Violet Gorge, a side gorge in the Hellhole Gorge complex. A small waterfall tumbles over a large rock overhang into an icy pool. The rock walls are dripping with water and support a profilic growth of ferns, mosses, liverworts and homworts. These small delicate plants fall easily.
The Amphi-Theatre. A climb up a steel ladder and through a narrow rock crevice leads to a large chasm carved out by water, 4.1km from the camping area. Ferns and mosses grow on the walls and floor. The still, eerie atmosphere here leaves many people quiet and full of wonder.
Aijon Falls and Wards Canyon. A short steep climb leads past Lower Aijon Falls to the small but beautiful Ward's Canyon, 4.8km from the camping area. Among the flourishing growth of mosses and ferns in this canyon is the kind fern. At the end of the canyon is a shaded pool fed by Upper Aijon Falls.
The Art Gallery. This is a major Aboriginal site at 5.6km from the camping area. The rock surface on which these paintings are inscribed, erodes easily: so please look and don't touch! The artists are gone and it would be a further tragedy to lose the heritage they left. By keeping on the boardwalk at this site, you will see the art to the best possible advantage.
Although Carnavon Gorge was offically discovered by Europeans in 1857, Aborigines have lived near the gorge for at least 20,000 years. Fine examples of complex 'stencil' rock art and engravings reflect the ancient social and material culture of these people. Sunrover Tours' experienced guide will lead you to several of these 'sites' during your stay in Carnarvon Gorge, giving you an insight into Aboriginal culture and the art.
Cathedral Cave. In the shelter of this large overhang, 9.3km along the main gorge track, Aborigines once spent time feasting and painting. The lower walls are covered in carving and paintings. Do not expect to see everything at a glance. Look carefully at the paintings and many exciting figures will take shape. There are no constructed walking tracks beyond Cathedral Cave, but Boowinds Gorge nearby to the left with it's narrow passages and sculptured rock walls is worth seeing.
Nature Trail. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to stroll quietly along the nature trail, a short track starting on the northern side of the creek at "number 1 crossing".
Mickey Creek Gorge. The walking track starts at the southern end of the road, 1.5km from the camping area. An easy walk of a few hours will enable you to explore the creek and its gorges. In places, these gorges are so narrow that the sides can be touched with outstretched arms.
Baloon Cave. The 500 metre track to the Aboriginal art site at Baloon Cave has been developed as a signed trail about Aboriginal culture and use of plants. It is an easy walk starting on the southern side of the road, 2km from the camping area.
Rock Pool. A pleasant, easy walk of 2km downstream from the camping area leads to this large nature pool in Carnarvon Creek. The track continues 1km to meet the road.
Hiking Out: Kooraminya Creek Gorge
Walk carefully and thoughtfully through this beautiful gorge at 7.2km from the track start.
Battleship Spur. A series of steep, rough climbs starting from Boowinda Gorge leads to Battleship Spur. From the top, there is an excellent view of Carnarvon Gorge. This hike is not part of the walking track system, and it is not sign posted, and recommended only for the physically fit.
Return to Brisbane via Lonesome National Park.
Choose from three accommodation options on this tour: camping, Takarakka Bush Resort or Oasis Resort.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2021 - 2022 season. The 2021 - 2022 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2021 - 31st March 2022. The 2022 - 2023 season rates commence on the 1st April 2022.