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Carnarvon Gorge 2023

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. Online bookings only. Search for Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area. This is the only camping area in Carnarvon Gorge section that you can drive to!!

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Sandstone Park

Cost: $$
Caters for: self-sufficient campers in tents, vans, motorhomes.
Open: March 20 to Sep-Oct school holidays.
Caters For: self sufficient campers looking for large sites, wicked views, and/or somewhere their pets can stay at too.



Big 4 Breeze Holiday Park Carnarvon Gorge (Takarakka)

Cost: $$$-$$$$$
Caters For: Cabins, tents/vans, powered/un-powered.
Has: Campsites, powered and unpowered caravan sites, permanent tents, a range of cabin options.
Open: All year.


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Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Cost: $$$$$
Caters For: Cabins
Has: Safari cabins.
Open: Seasonal.
The Lodge restaurant is back in 2024, prioritising in-house guests first and then public bookings second. There are also communal kitchen areas where you can store food and cook. Basic cooking equipment is supplied.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping

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 can hold up to 150 people. Bookings must be made online, and should be completed as far in advance as possible. There are two toilet blocks available, but no showering facilities are provided.


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 index finger.

Important: The above search will reveal multiple campsites, all of which are in Carnarvon National Park, but only two of these 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.
A guest relaxes reading a book on the verandah of her cabin at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge.

Carnarvon Gorge

Wilderness Lodge

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 $35 per night for two guests, and $15 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 (regional fire alert status permitting).


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Big 4 Breeze Holiday Park Carnarvon Gorge
(formerly Takarakka Bush Resort)
A sign beckons travellers to an accommodation centre at Carnarvon Gorge.

Breeze Holiday Park Carnarvon Gorge 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).


Breeze Holiday Parks purchased Takarakka Bush Resort in 2021 and have upgraded much of the ageing infrastructure behind the scenes of this popular property. They have also raised the bar on customer service considerably.

This remains the most popular place to stay in Carnarvon Gorge and booking well in advance is recommended. They can be reached by phone, email, or you can also check availability, and book, online.

A motorhome drives along a gravel road.

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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.



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