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SunRover

Carnarvon Gorge 5 Day Outback Explorer Tour

All inclusive, camping or accommodation, Walking Safari

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Relaxing By Carnarvon Creek
Carnarvon Gorge
Carnarvon Gorge

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.

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Carnarvon Creek
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Walking track, crossing creek

The features of Carnarvon Gorge are many and varied. Travel with Sunrover Expeditions and you'll discover:

Carnarvon Creek. It has cut the dramatic 30km long 600m deep gorge, out of the surrounding sandstone ranges.

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.

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.

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Kangaroo at Carnarvon Gorge

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.

Beyond the usual Bushwalks. Sunrover Expeditions 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... the best Carnarvon Gorge has to offer.

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Relaxing in the Gorge
Carnarvon Gorge lookout
Carnarvon Gorge Lookout

The Magical Adventure. Modern 4WD vehicle, maximum of 20 guests, all camping gear (incl. sleeping bag, matress and tent) supplied. All meals and drinks (at the Gorge) are provided (including wine with your evening meal).

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View from Lookout

Day 1:

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.

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Carnarvon Campsite
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Moss Garden

Day 2:

Hellhole Gorge

This gorge is at 3km from the camping area. It is long and sinuous, and changes in detail from flood to flood.

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.

Carnarvon Gorge lookout
Carnarvon Gorge lookout
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.


Day 3:

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
The Art Gallery
The Art Gallery
Aboriginal Art
Aboriginal Art

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.

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Walking Track

Day 4:

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
Carnarvon Creek Rock Pool
Carnarvon Creek 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.

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Carnarvon rock face

Day 5:

Return to Brisbane via Lonesome National Park.

Carnarvon Gorge 5 Day Outback Explorer Tour

(Choice of National Park Camping, Taka Tent or Cabin Accommodation)
All Prices are in Australian Dollars. (Check the latest exchange rates)

You are entering a wilderness zone.
The operator reserves the right to alter the itinerary, vehicle and driver for any reason deemed necessary.
All clients required to bring own sleeping bag, pillow, water bottle and torch.
4WD tour guide will conduct some walks (longer walks available by self guide).

Sole Use Twin Share Triple Quad
Adult/Student/Child Camping $940 $940 $940 $940
Adult/Student/Child Taka Tent - no ensuite $1,200 $1,150 $1,100 $1,050
Adult/Student/Child Taka Tent - ensuite $1,500 $1,400 $1,300 $1,200
Adult/Student/Child Cabin Accommodation $2,200 $1,600 $1,500 $1,400
Book Direct (NO credit card fees)
OR call 1800 353 717 or +61 7 3203 4241
Date / Location / Time
    Tour Dates: 2017
  • Monday 29th May
  • Monday 26th June
  • Monday 31st July
  • Monday 28th August
  • Monday 25th September
    Departs from:
  • Brisbane 6.45am - Returns 6pm
  • Hervey Bay 7am - Returns 6pm
  • Ipswich 8am - Return 4pm
  • Toowoomba 9.30am - Return 3pm
  • Dalby 11am - Return 1pm
  • Roma 1pm - Return 12pm
Groups of 6 or more - departure any time on request.