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.
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):
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.
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:
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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.