Our visit to Carnarvon Gorge was the September School Holidays in 2006. By road its about 800km from Brisbane. The last 20km into the park is dirt and hence large sharp stones which can do some damages to â€˜softâ€™ tyres. There is also a WW2 plane crash memorial worth stoping at on the way in.
We stayed at Takarakka Bush Resort, which is a relatively new camping ground not far from the entrance to the National Park. There is a QNPWS campground but as Mr Bravo said its only open at School Holidays. There is also the Carnarvon Wildness Lodge if you enjoy your luxuries.
Takarakka has plenty of shaded powered and unpowered sites, cabins, large communal kitchen and fire ring, toilets and showers (good number of), laundry and a kiosk at reception. The only negative was the dust but well you are in semi-arid Australia.
The website for Takarakka http://www.takarakka.com.au/
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Carnarvon Gorge is one of three section that makes up Carnarvon National Park. The other being Mt Moffat and Salvator Rosa which will be a future visit.
Prior to getting to the main park entrance there are a couple of small walks, Baloon Cave, Mickey Gorge and the Rock Pool.
From the park office there is the main track heading west, you can visit Boolimba Bluff, Art Gallery, Amphitheatre (Closed at the time I was there and has since reopened), Wardâ€™s Canyon, Moss Garden, and further west Cathedral Cave and Battleship Spur.
You could do the Art Gallery â€“ Wardâ€™s Canyon â€“ Moss Garden â€“ Amphitheatre in one day over a distance of approx 12 to 15km (depending how much exploring you do.)
Boolimba Bluff is quite a strenuous hike as you need to climb up 200m but you get a great view from the top.
If you stay at Takarakka the QNPWS rangers give a slide show a couple nights a week which gives a good overview of the park.
Fire Ring with Amenities in background
Typical Camp Site
One of the cabins
Happy Jack or Apostle Bird (They are called apostles because they get around in groups of approx 12)
A memorial to a WWII plane crash.
Mickey Creek Gorge