Accommodation

Carnarvon Gorge 2019

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.

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National Park

Campsite

Cost: $

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

Open: QLD School Holidays except Dec-Jan.

Sandstone Park

Cost: $$

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

Open: Easter holidays to Sep-Oct school holidays.

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Takarakka Bush Resort

Cost: $$$-$$$$$

Caters For: tents and vans, powered or un-powered.

Has: permanent tents, studio cabins.

Open: All year.

Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Cost: $$$$-$$$$$

 Has: Safari cabins only.

Open: Mar-Nov (closed for 2019 season due to bushfire damage).

 

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 35 sites available in 2019. 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.

www.carnarvon-gorge.com

 

Phone: 1800 644 150

A Safari Cabin interior with double bed at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge.
Safari Cabins nestle in among gum trees and ancient cycads at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge.

Carnarvon Gorge

Wilderness Lodge

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***Closed for the 2019 season

due to bushfire damage***

 

Open from March to October, Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge has an enviable location, snuggled below Clematis Ridge just outside the mouth of the Gorge and within walking distance from the Rockpool and Baloon Cave.

 

The Lodge offers ensuited safari cabins, the only  a-la-carte dining at the Gorge, and a well-stocked bar. It is also home to the Carnarvon Gorge Discovery Centre, a hands-on local natural history museum.

 

There are several private walking experiences on the property including the Lodge Lookout and the Creek Loop. If you're not staying as a guest, you can request access to the private trails at Reception.

 

Prices to stay at the Lodge are at the upper end of the Carnarvon Gorge scale. In their favour, the cabins have heating, cooling and an ensuite.Even when full the Lodge seldom seems crowded due to its modest capacity.

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).

 

Takarakka can get pretty busy at times, so make sure you book your site in advance to avoid disappointment, particularly at peak times such as school holidays. 

 

Phone: 07 4984 4535

A motorhome drives along a gravel road.

WHEN TO VISIT

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ACCOMMODATION AT

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GETTING TO

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THINGS TO DO AT

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Carnarvon National Park

Queensland 4702 Australia

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