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.
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:
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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).
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