Located in the Central Queensland Southern Brigalow Belt bioregion, Carnarvon Gorge is a spectacular natural attraction 593km northwest of the state's capital, Brisbane. Situated within the 298,000ha of the Carnarvon National Park, Carnarvon Gorge is the region's most popular attraction.
An iconic Queensland landmark, Carnarvon Gorge is an ecological wonder home to some of the state's best nature experiences with 25km of graded bush walking trails to explore. There are a number of treks to choose from which cross fresh water streams, curve through tropical rainforest and pass steep side gorges and tumbling waterfalls. There are also sandstone cliffs which are home to deep rock fissures that feature some of Australia's most important Aboriginal art.
Although the Carnarvon Gorge can be reached from Brisbane on a day trip, it is at least a 6 hour drive so many people prefer to stay the night. This gives you plenty of time to explore the national park and gorge and truly appreciate the beauty of this natural attraction. There are environmentally friendly accommodation options available at the gorge and there is even the opportunity to explore the gorge with a guide.
Discover a fascinating range of native flora and fauna on the Sandy Beach Nature Trail or follow the Scenic Track through the amazing geological formations of Ward's Canyon, Wurrumbah Gorge, the Natural Amphitheatre and the Moss Garden. The Cathedral Cave is another unbelievable attraction with sacred Aboriginal art covering the walls.
The Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants of the land Carnarvon Gorge stands on and the ancient culture of these indigenous people is still exists today. The dreamtime stories tell about the creation of many of the land's unique formations and the Carnarvon Gorge has its own special story of the Rainbow Serpent. The legend tells of the Rainbow Serpent who created the gorge and, according to local lore, is said to still inhabit the waterholes today.
Southern central Queensland's must see attraction, Carnarvon Gorge and National Park is a memorable experience of breathtaking beauty, fascinating wildlife, native flora and unbelievable bush walks allowing you to get up close and personal with the environment.