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.

Picnic Facilities
No Dogs Permitted
No Camping Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Drive into Carnarvon Gorge off the Carnarvon Highway via Carnarvon Access Road and follow to the end of the road, where there are the car parks and Information Centre.


Carnarvon Gorge National Park

Route/Trail notes:

Head out from the information Centre on the Main Track, that starts with a creek rock crossing. After 2.8km a side track (650m) to the left will take you up to the Moss Garden via two further creek rock crossings.



Other References/Comments:

A toilet stop is available just beyond the Moss Garden turn off.

Most people will take the opportunity to travel further into the gorge to visit the Amphitheatre, Art Gallery and Wards Canyon (14km) return, or if you have the time and energy down to Big Bend and Cathedral Cave (24km) return.

The Gorge is a long way out, so there are a number of places just outside of the National Park to camp: Takarakka Bush Camp, Wilderness Lodge and Sandstone Park and in the holiday season, Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area.


Always a beautiful walk! I remember years ago actually walking in the moss garden and touching the moss…I’m so glad we’re not allowed to do that anymore so as to keep it all ‘untouched’. It’s a beautiful part of Carnarvon!

S K on 22 Jun, 2021

This was a long but enjoyable walk into the Moss Garden. With not a lot of water running, have I seen better: yes.

F.A.B. on 12 May, 2021

Beautiful cool spot - worth the walk.. But preferably not in summer at midday, like I did. Have to grab the opportunity though

Carmen on 21 Dec, 2020

Beautiful. Make sure you keep going at the end of the forked track as the gorge is beautiful

Suzanne on 7 Nov, 2019

This is a must do side trip off the main path through Carnarvon Gorge. It’s a beautiful spot to pause and marvel at nature! The moss is luminous and despite a few steps, it’s absolutely unmissable.

S K on 28 Sep, 2019

The Moss Garden is gorgeous and the walk to the Moss Garden is photogenic. It is a great place to pause and appreciate your surroundings.

Anoogle on 27 Sep, 2019

Absolutely beautiful!

Rhiannon Brooks on 5 Apr, 2019

So cool when it is 38°C in the gorge. Great rest stop on a hot day but take the insect repellent as the mossies can be savage.

GMess on 7 Nov, 2018

Hows the serenity?

Mackamcb on 19 Sep, 2018

Lovely walk through the cycads and palms to a magical spot. There is a river crossing with good stepping stones. Great walk.

Cheryl on 29 Aug, 2017

Part of the main trail , done in 1 day of superb hiking

J on 12 Jun, 2017

One of my favourite places at Carnarvon. So peaceful. Easy walk.

Take a Hike on Jun, 2017

cool and refreshing. worth the walk in it is like airconditioning on a hot day

wendy on 28 Dec, 2016

Just beautiful.

Ian and Sue on Jan, 2001


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