Carnarvon Gorge 2021

Carnarvon Gorge has a range of accommodation options including camping, powered and un-powered caravan sites, and safari cabins. However, not all accommodation providers are open year round. Furthermore, accommodation should be booked well in advance for holiday periods. Read on for a full rundown on what your options are at any given time of year.

Please note: Australian Nature Guides do not take accommodation bookings, nor are we directly affiliated with any of the accommodation centres.

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National Park


Cost: $

Caters for: tents, off-road campervans, and campertrailers.

Open: QLD School Holidays except Dec-Jan.

COVID-19 impacts: reduced capacity. Online bookings only. Difficult to reach by phone.COVID-19 impacts: operating at reduced capacity. Online bookings only.

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Sandstone Park

Cost: $$

Caters for: self-sufficient campers in tents, vans, motorhomes.

Open: Easter holidays to Sep-Oct school holidays.

COVID-19 impacts: none. Operating at full capacity. In high demand, so advance booking is required.


Takarakka Bush Resort

Closed 8-28 Feb, 2021

Cost: $$$-$$$$$

Caters For: tents/vans, powered/un-powered.

Has: permanent tents, studio cabins.

Open: All year.

COVID-19 impacts: reduced capacity. Online bookings only. Difficult to reach by phone.

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Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Cost: $$$$$

Caters For: Cabins

Has: Safari cabins.

Open: Seasonal.

COVID-19 impacts: Unknown


Due to reopen March, 2021, under new management

New website:


Camping in Carnarvon Gorge

A campfire burns on rocks next to a creek.

The National Park has two campgrounds - one in the mouth of the Gorge near the start of the Main Track, and another at Big Bend at the end of the Main Track. Both campsites are fantastic locations but come with some constraints.


The main National Park campground only opens in the Easter, June/July and August/September Queensland school holidays and has 10 sites available in 2020 due to COVID-19 constraints. This number is down from previous years due to the loss of one of the amenities blocks in the campground. Because of this reduction in availability, advance bookings are strongly recommended. Furthermore, the block that was destroyed was the only one with hot showers. Only cold showers are available noe.


The Big Bend campground has a limited number of sites and campers must lug all their gear 10 km up the Main Track to get there.


Booking National Park Campsites can be a bit of a process. Search for 'Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area' on the QPWS booking page and follow your nose.

Important: The above search will reveal multiple campsites, all of which are in Carnarvon National Park, but only two of which are in Carnarvon Gorge Section! If you plan on walking Carnarvon Gorge then you need to choose 'Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area' or 'Big Bend Camping Area', remembering there is no vehicle access to Big Bend.

Palms and cliffs stand tall above Carnarvon Creek at Big Bend, Carnarvon Gorge
Cliffs curve over still water at Big Bend, Carnarvon Gorge.
Cycads and trees stand tall behind a welcome sign in the Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area.
Early morning light on sandstone cliffs is reflected in a still pool in Carnarvon Creek.
A guest relaxes reading a book on the verandah of her cabin at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge.

Carnarvon Gorge

Wilderness Lodge

Due to reopen March, 2021!

Sandstone Park

Carnarvon Gorge

Sandstone cliffs and mountain ranges surround Carnarvon Gorge's newest caravan park.

Bandana Station have opened Sandstone Park - 41 enormous drive-thru sites with amazing views suitable for self-sufficient travellers. There is a dump point, a few portaloos, and non-potable water available and the rest is up to you.

At $23 per night for one guest, $28 per night for two guests, and $12 per night for adults after the first two, it's the best value outside the National Park camp grounds, and, unlike anywhere else, you can bring pets and have your own campfire at every site.


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Takarakka Bush Resort
A sign beckons travellers to an accommodation centre at Carnarvon Gorge.

Takarakka Bush Resort is nestled in a picturesque loop of Carnarvon Creek on the border of the National Park.


It has a wide range of accommodation options, from camp sites to self-contained units. The property is the only accommodation at the Gorge open all year, apart from the Big Bend camping area (which is 10 km up the walking track).


COVID-19 has reduced capacity here in 2020. Bookings are currently only being taken online.



A motorhome drives along a gravel road.
A gathering storm arcs across the sky over a grassy plain.



The interior of a Safari Cabin at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge.



A grave road disappears towards cloudy cliffs in Carnarvon Gorge.



Visitors cross Carnarvon Creek via stepping stones while towering cliffs stand sentinel in the background.