Carnarvon National Park

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Easy
380 m return
15 mins

Cathedral Rock

A bluff of Precipice Sandstone with unusual rectangular patterns on its grey weathered skin. The walking track starts on the other side of the road from the orientation area.

Easy
5.8 km return
2 hrs

Circuit Walk

5.8 km easy circuit walk that takes in the Looking Glass, the Chimneys and the Tombs. You can also do each separately.

Easy
1.9 km return
30 mins

Looking Glass

Wind has eroded a cave right through an isolated pillar of Precipice Sandstone standing by the Maranoa River. Easy flat walk to this rock feature

Medium
9.7 km return
5 hrs

Main Gorge

Main gorge walking track
The main gorge walking track crosses Carnarvon Creek many times as it winds the 9.7km from the visitor centre to Big Bend. Side-tracks from the main gorge track lead to a range of sites. The track is mostly flat, although the side-tracks involve steeper sections.

The featured sites on side-tracks can be combined to create one-day walks. For example, the Moss Garden, Amphitheatre, Ward's Canyon and the Art Gallery sites can be visited on a 14km return one-day walk.

Medium
3 km return
90 mins

Mickey Creek Gorge

Wander along Mickey Creek and into narrow side gorges where the walking track becomes a rock-hopping adventure. Swamp wallabies are often seen resting here. Rocky sections of this track are slippery and caution is needed on creek crossings. The formed track ends 1.5km from the Mickey Creek car park.

Medium
7 km return
3 hrs

Moss Garden

Water drips constantly from the sandstone walls of the Moss Garden, supporting a lush carpet of mosses, ferns and liverworts. Beneath tree ferns straining for sunlight, a small waterfall tumbles over a rock ledge into an icy pool.

Medium
1.5 km return
1 hr

Nature trail

This short stroll along the shady banks of Carnarvon Creek provides a snapshot of the plant life on the gorge floor. You can see turtles basking in the sun, and if you're quiet enough you may see the elusive platypus. Dusk and dawn provide the best opportunities for watching wildlife.

Easy
600 m return
30 mins

Rock Pool

The Rock Pool has been carved from the bed of Carnarvon Creek by the turbulent water of past floods. Rest in the shade of fig and casuarina trees and watch for platypus and turtles. Stop at the first pool if you must but there is a much bigger and deeper second pool just downstream. The picnic area includes toilets but no longer has a gas barbecue. This is the only place in Carnarvon Gorge designated for swimming. If swimming, please do not jump or dive into the pool.

Easy
1.4 km return
30 mins

The Chimneys - Mt Moffat

Nice easy walk to some stunning sandstone rock features.

Easy
4.2 km return
1 hr

Tomb art site - Mt Moffat

More than 400 stencilled motifs (images) decorate the walls of a sandstone shelter below the bluff of sandstone known as The Tombs. The Tombs once contained burial chambers for local Aboriginal people. Skeletons were wrapped and bound in bark burial cylinders. Sadly, by the end of the 20th century, the site had been robbed of this material, leaving little evidence of an elaborate mortuary culture. Take a close look at the rock art from a boardwalk with seats.