Carnarvon Gorge Camping & Walks - 5 days

Update 20/03/2013: Carpooling & site sharing arrangements are completed for this event. If you are signing up for this event, you need to have your own transport and campsite booking, or send email to event host if any sharing option is still available.

Yes, we are doing it again in 2013 - because it is sooo good. And it is Easter long long weekend too! Carnarvon Gorge 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 (9-10hrs drive) from Brisbane CBD via Roma (477km). From Roma turn 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 29th Mar, 2013 till 14th Apr 2013 for 5 days maximum. We will reach there on Fri 29th Mar 2013 and camp for 5 days. The cost is $5.30/person/night (or $26.50 for 5 days).

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

Camping site booking:
Carnarvon National Park is a popular destination and sites are booked months in advance. If interested, you will do your own camp site booking NOW to avoid the disappointment.

Visit below DERM (now NPRSR) site to make site booking or ring booking office (13 74 68):
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 common community area close to all of us.

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

As per NP cancellation policy, booking can be cancelled before 14 days of arrival, rescheduled to same park or at another National Park but usually no refund is given. For more information on booking/cancellation policy visit DERM website.

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

 

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, 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, $1 coin operated 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).

Our itinerary: (You can make your own camping/bush-walking itinerary according to your fitness and ability)

We intend to reach there by evening of Good Friday - Fri 29th Mar, 2013 and setup our tents.

Sat 30th Mar, we will have early start at 7.30am and will take Main Gorge Track (mainly flat track but criss-cross the Carnarvon Creek many times) and go up to Big Bend (9.7km) and visit places on side tracks such as Boowenda Gorge and Cathederal Cave (about 20km or 8-9 hrs return)

Sun 31st Mar, we will take it easy and see Moss Garden and Bulimba Bluff on the side track of 'Main Gorge Track' (about 9km or 4 hrs return - class 3 & 4) and/or go some short walks (class 3) near camp like Baloon cave, (45 min return)

Mon 1st Apr, again on Main Gorge Track we will discover Aboriginal art at Art Gallery, Ward Canyon and Amphitheater (if opened) - appx 13 km or 5 hrs return - class 3 & 4

Tue 2nd April, we can do 1 hrs of short walks to Rock pools and Mickey Creek (class 3) or whatever we have missed so far from previous days.

Wed 3rd April, head home or where-ever your fancy takes you.

Our bush-walking time table is subjected to weather, so we will try to cover as much as we can on good days.

Carpooling: For those people who are car pooling, offer your driver at least $100 but ask driver if this is enough. I will start organizing car pooling about 2-3 weeks before the trip, because now it is too early to do it and people's plans can change by that time. But don't forget to answer/update carpooling and site sharing questions.

DISCLAIMER: Please bear in mind I have made an effort to provide accurate camping and walking information about this trip. However, this groups is not a formal organization or association and take no responsibility for any mishaps that may occur as a result. 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 attempting this trip.

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  • Hugh

    Great!

    April 9, 2013

  • Barry

    An excellent trip

    April 9, 2013

  • Mahmood

    Thx 2 Brij 4 organizing this nice trip & thx 2 all 4 coming! Great people, great place, nice weather! Can't wait 2 do Great Walk there sometime in future! ;)

    2 · April 5, 2013

    • Wayne

      Great shots Mahmood. Thanks for taking so many and posting them. Great memories ... Some painful ! :)

      April 7, 2013

    • Wayne

      Really nice camera work Sally, thanks.

      April 7, 2013

  • Mahmood

    I have about 500 photos of this lovely trip, will share with U here!
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xoukpslbyjzud7s/vp2poimE9W

    April 5, 2013

  • Robert S.

    Awesome! A place that should be on your bucket list.
    Great group of people, I had a fabulous time. Thank you everyone.

    2 · April 5, 2013

  • Brij

    Unprecedented camping event - so far it was the largest attended and so far away. People were just great, lots of conversations, laughter and great evening gatherings. Thanks all who attended and for their support.

    2 · April 2, 2013

    • Robert S.

      Brij

      April 5, 2013

    • Robert S.

      Brij thank you for putting this together, I had the most awesome time. Thanks

      1 · April 5, 2013

  • Tony M

    So many kind comments I've added another 10 photos. To answer your question Ifan.... Ellie and grasshopper shot with an 18-55mm on macro, slightly cropped. Skippy shot with a[masked]mm not cropped. Check out the pano of Moss Gardens.

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Tony M

    An excellent 5 days. I've posted a few photos. Thanks everyone.

    April 4, 2013

    • Sandy B

      Love those photos, Tony!

      April 5, 2013

    • Ifan

      Fabulous face shot of skippy there ! Also love the insect and girl - great DOF. What's the zoom on your lens ? Helen was using a 200mm but we never got that close to the kangaroos - maybe if I crop it in on Photoshop :-)

      April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to make sure I keep hols available for this next year. :) Love OS travel but must NOT miss my own backyard :)

    April 4, 2013

  • Wayne

    As my camera decided to die just before the trip, I hope everyone posts their best shots here so I browse them.
    Thanks all, in advance ... :)

    April 3, 2013

  • bridgette

    Fantastic trip ...5 days of complete quietness, without TV, phone, internet... awesome hidden away to the nature and back to the basics...very blessed

    April 3, 2013

  • Sandy B

    It was long lost times that I had laughed so often, so loud and so innocently! My body was so hungry, she was sucking the spirit and energy from the boulder strewn Caravon Creek, the towering white sandstone cliffs , the crispy air inside narrow vibrantly coloured and lush side gorges, the sparkling stars in the sky ..it was my dream Oasis

    April 3, 2013

  • Sandy B

    There was no Wifi there, but I am sure most of us have found better connections!

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Ifan

    Great trip, legs still aching after the 20k round trip to Big Bend yesterday :-) Great people around the metaphorical campfire

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Barry

    I thought they would be never known of Servos to miss a chance to make money.

    March 29, 2013

  • Brij

    Fyi: Roma service stations are open as normal.

    March 29, 2013

  • Hugh

    Looking forward to this! I'll be there with Carola. We'll be making the epic drive on Friday. May have space for one more in the car. [masked] :)

    March 28, 2013

  • Barry

    Ifan there should be service stations open on Good Friday in Roma. If you are concerned about it ring one & ask them.

    March 27, 2013

  • Ifan

    Are the petrol stations in Queensland open on Good Friday ?

    March 26, 2013

    • Ifan

      Hello ? I'm not going to make it to Roma on one tank. Will the has stations be open ?

      March 27, 2013

    • Barry

      Usually petrol stations are open on Good Friday. If you have doubts it would pay to ring them. Barry

      March 27, 2013

  • Justine W.

    Sorry everyone - I can't go after all. My dogsitter has fallen through. have a great time.

    March 27, 2013

  • Mahmood

    Latest update about walking tracks condition:
    http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/11936.html

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    All booked in. Can't wait!!

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have Coast Guard Duties on. Have a great time all!

    March 27, 2013

  • Justine W.

    If any camping spaces come up for me to take I'd love to go!

    March 25, 2013

    • Mahmood

      I may have some spots in my campsite, not sure yet, will let U know.

      March 25, 2013

  • Justine W.

    Has anyone cancelled and have a campsite? Happy to pay. I've only just seen this meetup and would love to go.

    March 25, 2013

  • Mahmood

    I will be driving from Brisbane on Thursday evening, can give a lift to up to 3 people. Will be back on Monday night/Tuesday morning. If U need a lift plz let me know[masked]

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi all, if anyone cancels and wants to sell their site,please let me know.:-) thanks Ann

    March 25, 2013

  • Ifan

    How's the ground at the campsite - normal tent pegs or sand pegs ?

    Is there an ice shop near the site ?

    March 24, 2013

    • Brij

      Normal tent pegs. Closest shop is 4km before the campsite. See 'What to bring' section or resort website what is available there. Cheers.

      March 25, 2013

  • Ifan

    Anyone know a good campsite in Roma for an overnighter on the way there ? Prefer quiet family place not party camp....

    March 20, 2013

    • Brij

      Last year we stayed Roma on the way to Carnarvon at: Roma Big Rig Tourist Park, 4 McDowall St, Roma, (07) 4622 2538. This year we intend to enjoy free camping before Roma as we are leaving Brissy late on Thu. Anyone needing more info, send me email. Cheers

      1 · March 20, 2013

    • Ifan

      Thanks Brij ! That's about the right staggering distance to the Bake-o-Roma in the morning :-)

      March 23, 2013

  • Tony M

    I contacted Charlie to find out the story. I hope you don't mind. He said that ALL bookings are still valid and secure. But he stressed several times that we should NOT vary any booking. Varying it means cancelling in the old system and creating again in the new. This could lead to loss of the booking. So, he assures me all is ok if we leave everything alone. I hope this helps. BTW don't call him directly as I think he's a bit over that!

    1 · March 20, 2013

    • Ifan

      Thanks Brij. Please don't forget that Helen and I are verbally booked on site 34 ! (This was confirmed with Ranger Linda). Thanks

      March 20, 2013

    • Brij

      Hi Ifan, no I am not forgetting that, you are good. Cheers

      March 20, 2013

  • Deb

    HAS ANYONE ELSE BOOKED SITE 2.
    I've just got off the phone from bookings - Although I'd made the booking, paid and have a camping tag & receipt it is not appearing on their NEW system. I'm now concerned that the site may have been resold.

    March 19, 2013

    • Deb

      They don't have any record of my name, booking number or even receipt for payment which was all done on the old system. Trace has told me that they had similar issue with hers and it was fixed.

      March 19, 2013

    • Trace C.

      I had the same issue a few weeks ago, i tried to confirm my booking and as i booked on the old system they had no record, but i quoted my reservation number from the old system and they transferred it over, i had been dealing with Charlie to fix the issue and this is his direct number[masked], he was very helpful and solved the problem. Hope this helps!!

      1 · March 19, 2013

  • Justin W.

    This sounds great, unfortunately the Easter Long W/E does not work. Safe Walking.

    March 18, 2013

  • Melanie M.

    Hey guys, are there any convoys leaving from Bris on 29th morning?

    March 8, 2013

    • Melanie M.

      I'd like to get there a bit early to set up n hv a rest ... keen to do the 5 day walk. Will exchange numbers closer to the day :) thanks Anita

      March 14, 2013

    • Anita P.

      Ok great :-)

      March 15, 2013

  • Sandy B

    Site booked, car pool fixed, surprisingly borrowed a large 6 persons tent - all good to go. Excited and look forward to it.

    March 14, 2013

  • Sally L.

    Hello, when I book on line, the vehicle registration is needed. But I don't have a car. could anyone give me a lift so that I can book use your car registration? Thanks a lot!

    December 2, 2012

    • Sally L.

      Hope we have a chance to make it 5 nights so that we can enjoy more. But if not, it's fine, 4 nights, I think is also enough :)

      December 2, 2012

    • Sally L.

      Thanks for letting me know. enjoy your ester!

      March 13, 2013

  • Michael J

    have to cancel due to work

    March 13, 2013

  • Gael N.

    Hi there, I booked and paid for a site but plans have changed and i will no longer be able to use it. Would anyone like to purchase my site? Kristy, were you still wanting to share this site? My email is [masked]
    Cheers :-)

    1 · November 8, 2012

    • bridgette

      Hi ladies, I'd like to take up the spot please. Thanks bridgette

      March 10, 2013

    • Brij

      Hi Bridgette, contact Tracy Clark for the site sharing if you still need one. I sent you PM with her email address. Cheers

      March 11, 2013

  • Melanie M.

    Thanks for the update Brij! If anyone is leaving on Fri morning n want some company let me know. can meet somewhere n drive together :)

    March 10, 2013

  • Wayne

    ROOM ON MY SITE HAS BECOME AVAILABLE: If anyone is still waiting for openings, I now have room on my site for someone else. Let me know if you're interested. I am on Site 1.

    February 19, 2013

    • Melanie M.

      Hi Wayne, got your email. Will trf the fees to u this evening. Thanks again for this!

      March 6, 2013

    • Wayne

      Hi Melanie ... You+1 are now booked on Site 1 with me from 29/03/2013 for 5 nights. I have emailed you the permit. Looking forward to seeing you there. :)

      March 7, 2013

  • Rose

    HI everyone. I am going to have to pull out of this camping trip. I have a camping site booked. Let me know if you are interested

    November 22, 2012

    • Rose

      I can't transfer the camping site. I can only cancel and you will have to try and book it yourself. I made a mistake when I first got the site by booking for 3 days. so I have 2 bookings site 13 for 29/3/13 departing 1/4/13 and then site 20 for 1/4/13. If still interested, I can let you know when I have cancelled so you can book it right away. I am going away tomorrow till Sat night to Straddie so I won't be available till after that.

      November 22, 2012

    • bridgette

      hi ladies, have you still got spare spots for 2? thanks

      March 5, 2013

  • Rosemary

    Hi everyone, I am now not able to go to Carnarvon this time. I have booked a site. Does anyone want it? It is for 29 Mar to 1 Apr and cost me $15.90.

    February 5, 2013

    • bridgette

      hi Rosemary, has anyone got your site? if not, please let me know. thanks Bridgette

      March 5, 2013

  • Robert S.

    I don't have a site so if someone wants to share. I do have a large tent and room in my car for 2 people if we can work out something.

    March 3, 2013

    • bridgette

      hi Robert, long time no see :) would you like to car pool with me and Sandra B?

      March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm giving Kristy a ride and then my car will be full with all the camping gear...

    As to the camp site, how many people can you book onto one site? I think we're two or three on mine...

    Kristy, was there a third person you booked in? There might be a friend of mine wanting to come as well but that's not certain yet...

    March 4, 2013

  • Brij

    Hi all, last evening I sent email to all of you who are attending Carnarvon Gorge trip. Sometime meetup emails turns up in the junk folder, please check there as it contains important information about carpooling & site sharing. If you didn't get it for some reason, send me an email [masked] and I will send you that information again. Please don't leave any message here for your carpooling or site sharing as it will be arranged in due course based on your answers in the RSVP. But if you need to, then click on RSVP again and update your answers to carpooling/site questions. Thanks all.

    March 4, 2013

  • Sally L.

    Could anyone give me a lift? Hi @phillip. you still have the site to share as said last December, right? or I have to look for other site?

    March 2, 2013

    • Trace C.

      Hi Sally, im the only person on my site, yr welcome to share.

      March 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry for the confusion Sally, the site is still available for you to use. Hope you have a good time.

      1 · March 3, 2013

  • bridgette

    I require car pool

    February 28, 2013

  • Mehrnoosh K.

    I cannot attend this event anymore. My site is available if someone is interested.

    February 20, 2013

    • Mehrnoosh K.

      Hi Mahmood, sure I like to give my campsite to you. I'll send the permit to you.

      February 22, 2013

    • Mahmood

      Thx Mehrnoosh! We will miss U.

      February 22, 2013

  • Mehrnoosh K.

    Overseas confirmed. missing this event again!

    February 20, 2013

  • Wayne

    CARPOOL OFFER: I plan on breaking the trip up by staying at Wallumbilla Showgrounds (coin donation) on the way there (Thu 28 Mar) and then Warra (free camp) on the way home (Wed 3 Apr). I'll be towing an Avan so there will be plenty of room in the Prado for someone else's gear. I live at Gordon Park (near Lutwyche) and my garage will be available to park your car. If you can get the same time off and need a lift, give me an email.

    Looking forward to sharing the trip. :)

    February 19, 2013

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