Carnarvon Gorge Camping & Bushwalks

We have been to Carnarvon Gorge with another meetup group twice in last 2 years. And we are doing it again in 2014. If you are interested you would need to book a spot for yourself NOW, as some spots from 35 sites are already taken (as of 28th May,2013). Carnarvon Gorge National Park camping site (only $5.45/night and better than many private ones) is one of the best in Queensland and it is booked year in advance. Later, if your plan changes for some reason, you can cancel and get credit to be used at another date at another park. And Easter holidays in 2014, fall in mid-April, so the weather will be more settled and perfect.

About Carnarvon Gorge: It is magnificent Australian wonder about 30km long oasis in the semi-arid heart of Central Queensland. Over the last 27 million years Carnarvon Creek, which winds for over 30 kilometers has carved down through 600 meters of stone, exposing rocks, towering sandstone cliffs, vibrantly colored side gorges with water falls, diverse flora and fauna and Aboriginal rock art.

How to reach: Carnarvon Gorge is about 700Kms (about 10hrs drive) from Brisbane via Roma (477km). From Roma turn north into Carnarvon Highway towards Injune (90km) and continue past Injune for another 110km and turn left to Wyseby Road from Carnarvon Gorge sign. Continue for another 44Km to National Park camp site, last 20km is gravel and this section can be impassable during heavy rains for conventional vehicles. (Note: There is no fuel after Injune - or 145km before the camp, so one should have enough fuel for at least 300km).

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If the journey is too long for one day drive, there are good private camping sites on the way at Dalby, Roma and Injune.

Camping: We will camp at Carnarvon National Park, next to 'Day Use Area' which has 35 tent spots only. Camping here is allowed only during Easter/school holidays from 4th Apr, 2014 till 20th Apr 2014 for 5 nights maximum. We will reach there on evening of Thu 17th April 2014 and camp for 4-5 nights leaving early morning of 22nd April. The cost is $5.45/person/night (or $27.25 for 5 nights). But you can make your own arrival date/time as it suits you.

Camp Facilities: Hot showers ($1 coin operated, for 4 minutes) & gas BBQ (free), flush toilets, picnic tables/bench etc.

Camping site booking: You will do your own camp site booking NOW to avoid the disappointment (there is no group booking).

Visit below National Park website to make site booking or ring booking office [masked]): https://parks.nprsr.qld.gov.au/my.policy

If possible, book your site between 1-12 or 29 - 35 so we can have our own communal area close to all of us.

NOTE: When booking - Select 'Carnarvon Gorge (Carnarvon National Park)' & 'Carnarvon Gorge Camping area' from the drop down menus.

Campsite map:
http://nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/carnarvon-gorge/pdf/carnarvon-gorge-camp-map.pdf

Check National Park website for their cancellation policy, in case your plan changes.

About gorgeous walks at Gorge:
There are about dozen spectacular and gorgeous worth seeing spots to see on the 'Main Gorge Track' (Class 3) which starts near the camping site. This flat track crosses Carnarvon Creek many times as it winds the 9.7 km path to Big Bend with large spotted gums where turtles swim in tranquil water of upper reaches of creek. Side-tracks from the 'Main Gorge Track' lead to those beautiful spots in the gorge. The 'Main Gorge Track' is mostly flat (Class 3), although the side-tracks (Class 4) involve some steeper sections. We can cover the Main Gorge Track and all other side tracks in 3 days but it will require fairly good fitness. There are also other short walks for about 1-2 hrs long, starting near the camping area. So there is mixture of walks to choose from. See below image for walks and general walking map of the area:

Click below link for bigger image:
http://foxroo.com/pics/carnarvon/walks-map-2.jpg

We intend to visit all the spots during our stay at ease but you can make your own camping/bush-walking itinerary according to your fitness and ability.

What to bring: $1 coins for hot shower, warm camping gear (it can be cold during night), torch, camera, hiking shoes, rain coat, seal-able rubbish bag, insect repellent, cooking stove, chair, table, eski, basic first aid, your medicine, food and snacks for the time you are there although a general store (pricey one) about 4km away at private camping site provides bread, milk, eggs, gas, bacon, biscuits, tinned food, drinks, ice and other basic food items.

Drinking water, picnic tables, gas BBQ are available at the camp site.

Open fires and generators are prohibited. Mobile phone coverage is not available throughout National Park, although a public phone is available at park headquarter - 100 meters from the camp (coin operated).

DISCLAIMER: This groups is not a formal organization or association. The Group Organiser and/or Event Hosts take no responsibility for any mishaps that may occur at an event. Care is taken in the planning of events and members should read the event information before RSVPing to any event. Ultimately, members are responsible for themselves and their actions when attending events with this group.

Camping and Bush Walking in National Parks can confront an individual with various levels of risk, ranging from bad weather, wild animals, dangerous terrain and, most of all, poor human judgement. It is up to each adult to make sure they and anyone accompanying them are capable of completing the event. By RSVPing to an event, you are confirming that you have read the event information, understand that there are risks and that you and you alone are responsible for yourself and your actions

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  • Brij

    It was great Easter weekend with perfect weather for both camping and bush-walks. Carnarvon Gorge is a wonderful place to visit, it has varied scenery and is a dramatic rendition of Australian natural and rugged wilderness beauty. Sunrise and Sunset over the gorge has magical and stunning lookout views. This year more members (36+) from different meetup groups attended the event than previous two years and had chance to visit all the attractions. Thanks everyone for coming to this trip and making it a great memorable event.

    April 22, 2014

  • Glen I.

    We are arriving on Friday about midday and therefore will miss the first day's walk. We are at site 18 and then relocating to site 31 on Saturday. As we are unknown to the group it would be nice if you could introduced yourselves to us. Glen & Lorna.

    April 15, 2014

    • Brij

      Hi Glen, thanks for joining the group and attending this event. Most of us will be gathering at meeting point (location sent by email to all attendees earlier) for our daily bush walks briefing and then evening get together - so if you can come there and then can meet everyone. It is in the middle of main campground so can't miss it. Hope you will enjoy the Easter weekend there. Cheers

      April 16, 2014

  • Brij

    FYI: There are 34 confirmed bookings from different meetup groups. I have sent email to all the attendees with the important trip updates on weather, road closures, disclaimer etc. If you haven't received it yet, please check your junk folder because sometime email from meetup system ends up there.

    Cheers

    April 12, 2014

  • Harry

    I'm very keen to find a tent site for Easter. If anyone decides to cancel, please ring me on[masked]

    April 7, 2014

    • Harry

      Please cancel this request. I've managed to book a campsite at Tararakka Bush Resort just down the road.

      April 7, 2014

  • Brij

    FYI: One site is available from 17th-21April (appx $27). Email me if you want it.

    Cheers

    Brij

    March 31, 2014

    • Brij

      fyi: it is now cancelled with the Nat Park booking system.

      April 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a camp permit for 19, 20, 21 April - Brij said someone might want to purchase it ($16)

    March 17, 2014

  • Brij

    FYI: I emailed our trip itinerary to all the attendees. If you haven't received yet, then check your junk folder because sometime email from this system can end up there. Otherwise send me your email address and I will email it directly to you

    Cheers

    March 17, 2014

  • Brij

    FYI: One site is available booked for 2 people for 19th,20th & 21st April (total cost $33.60). Let me know by email asap if these dates are suitable and I will send you the contact details to buy it.

    Thanks

    Brij

    March 11, 2014

    • Carol H.

      Thanks Brij. I've made other plans as it turns out. Have an awesome trip! :)

      March 12, 2014

    • Brij

      FYI: This site is now taken.

      March 12, 2014

  • Carol H.

    Hi all
    I'm interested in this trip, haven't been camping in years but think I have most of what I need.. my question is, are there any solo travellers attending or is everyone coupled? Dont want to be the odd woman out! I've checked the Parks website and there is still space, although can't see how you choose which campsite you get... minor detail though.
    Look forward to hearing!
    Thanks, cheers
    Carol

    March 4, 2014

    • Carol H.

      Thanks for the information, Brij.

      March 7, 2014

    • Carol H.

      It turns out there arent any spots available even though the initial search said there was... I am heading up to Emerald around that time so guess I might just do a day trip, as I would love to see this place. Cheers, Carol

      March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a camp permit for 19, 20, 21 April - Brij said someone might want to purchase it ($16)

    February 4, 2014

    • Brij

      Hi Dennis, just sent you email about this. Thanks for not cancelling it yet.Cheers

      February 6, 2014

  • Cess & Pauline C.

    will have to cancel our trip too, so sorry but we cant come, have cancelled our site at caravan park. catch up soon

    February 3, 2014

    • Sharon-Ley B.

      Hi Brij, I have also cancelled but Sandy had originally booked my site for me. So, not sure what state it is in now.

      February 3, 2014

    • Brij

      Thanks Sharon, I spoke with Sandy and will sort out when I see her this Saturday at Wellington Point Park event. Cheers

      February 3, 2014

  • Sharon-Ley B.

    Sorry, I've had to pull out as a long awaited event is planned that weekend.

    February 3, 2014

    • Brij

      Hi Sharon, as replied in other meetup if you have a campsite booked, please check with members here if they want to buy before cancelling. Thanks

      February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Brij, also canceling, I have a sure booked for 3 nights, fri-sun I think, can't find my receipt, but have the receipt no. if anyone wants the booking - how do we do this as it has my rego on it?

    February 3, 2014

    • Brij

      Hi Dennis, if you have booked online, login again and download your camping tag which has site number+booking number. Don't need to change anything like rego number or name there. If you have lost your login password, you can retrieve from the booking system. As a last resort ring[masked] and try to get your site number+booking number. Once you got these details ask here, I am sure someone will buy it. It doesn't matter someone camping with other person camping tag (and different rego) as long as the owner doesn't turn up. Hope this will help. Cheers

      February 3, 2014

  • Sandy D.

    Sorry I have to pull out , going to miss coming was looking forward it .
    Cancelling my site today

    February 3, 2014

    • Sandy D.

      I don't how to transfer as it had my car registration on it .

      February 3, 2014

    • Sandy D.

      Have cancelled one but still got one left

      February 3, 2014

  • Carol J

    Looks wonderful, I'm so envious! Will try not to to think of u all while I'm busy working lol :)

    February 2, 2014

  • Brij

    A site has become available for 2 people from 18th Apr to 21st Aprl (cost $33.60). Contact me asap if you need one. Cheers

    December 19, 2013

    • Brij

      FYI: This is now taken.

      December 19, 2013

  • Lorna Ginn and Glen I.

    We missed out on a site for Friday, so we will only be staying Saturday till Monday leaving Tuesday. Looking forward to meeting up with as this is our first time.

    November 5, 2013

    • Brij

      Hi Lorna/Glen, closer to date you should be able to find a spot for Friday (or share with the members from the meetup group). Just keep checking back the booking system. Cheers

      November 5, 2013

  • Angela

    Oh, looks like I've missed out as the camp sites are full.

    November 2, 2013

    • Brij

      Hi Angela, you haven't missed the boat. From our last 2 previous trips there, I am sure closer to date either you would get a site of your own when someone pulls out. Or you can share with others as sites are quite big and can accommodate from 4-10 people. Just plan your trip and wait for the chance to come up. Cheers.

      November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I would have been interested in doing this trip but it appears the camp site is all booked out for the 18th.

    October 27, 2013

    • Brij

      FYI: I just checked and found booking system shows one site free on Fri 18th April.

      October 30, 2013

    • Brij

      FYI: It is snapped up now, luckly by a member from meetup group.

      October 30, 2013

  • Peter W.

    when do we have to book by as we would love to come if that ok. is it ok for caravan

    October 10, 2013

    • Brij

      Hi Peter, book campsite ASAP (either at National Park campsite or the private TAKARAKKA campsite). Small caravans are ok at NP campsite. Check their link in the booking section for more information. Cheers.

      October 11, 2013

  • Sandy D.

    Ces and Pauline are staying at TAKARAKKA camping grounds as they have a caravan and there's lots of room there, its not far away.

    September 18, 2013

    • Brij

      Yes, TAKARAKKA ground is the only place over there for bigger caravans although some sites at National Park camping ground can accommodate 5-6 meter ones. From previous 2 trips we found that NP campground is much more beautiful (infact the best) than the private one and it is dirt cheap. Also all those walks with worth-seeing spots starts from this NP camping site, otherwise one has to drive 4km everyday to NP, park their cars and go for siteseeing.

      September 18, 2013

    • Sandy D.

      Ok I'll let them know but they have already paid for site, but maybe they can change it

      September 18, 2013

  • Sandy D.

    That's great thankyoy

    September 7, 2013

  • Sandy D.

    Ken is it Carnarvon Gorge camping ground

    September 6, 2013

    • Brij

      Hi Sandy, yes select 'Carnarvon Gorge camping area' from the drop down menu. I will update the event blurb.

      September 6, 2013

    • Sharon-Ley B.

      Thankyou

      September 7, 2013

  • Sharon-Ley B.

    I'm going with Sandys group

    September 6, 2013

  • Sandy D.

    have site 31

    September 6, 2013

  • Sandy D.

    I booked then realized today it was the wrong forest lol, they changed it for me

    September 6, 2013

  • Brij

    REMINDER: Only 7 camping sites are left at Carnarvon Gorge for Friday 18th April. So if you are planning to reach there for looong Easter break, you would book your spot now without waiting any longer. It is only $5.45/p/n and Carnarvon Gorge camping ground and facilities are much better than many private grounds at costing much more.

    August 31, 2013

  • Brij

    FYI: If you are planning to go to Carnarvon Gorge camping trip in Easter, it is time to book your spot now before it is too late. There are just few spots left available at the moment. Booking can be cancelled 2 weeks before the date and credits can be used for another camping trip in 12 months period. Spot costs only $5.45/day/person. Booking details are in the event blurb.

    August 26, 2013

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