What to do in
Carnarvon Gorge has over twenty kilometres of walking tracks for visitors to explore, and there is plenty more country waiting for those that enjoy remote walking.
Within the maintained track system, the majority of walks are relatively flat as the track follows the creek systems on the Gorge floor.
Head over to Tracks and Trails to check out the sites in each of the three zones in the Gorge. Each of the sites in that zone will be listed, with a summary of both the site and the track leading to it.
There are also a few suggested itineraries tailored to different length stays in the Gorge. This information has been drawn from Australian Nature Guides' Pocket Ranger for Carnarvon Gorge an indespensible guidebook for visitors to the Gorge (available soon from our shop).
Part of Carnarvon Gorge's attraction is its concentration of wildlife, particularly during the (normally) dry winters when the Gorge's permanent water becomes a real attractant for regional animals mobile enough to get to it.
Most obvious amongst these are birds. A number of the species found in the Gorge are migratory; some come to overwinter in the productive zones along the creeks, whilst others arrive in summer to breed. Over 170 species have been recorded in Carnarvon Gorge.
To enhance your chances of wildlife encounters, travel quietly and listen for calls and movement alongside the tracks. Once you think you've located something, stop and wait for it to get comfortable with your presence and show itself.
During the warmer parts of the day, the sheltered areas along the track, such as Casuarina Grove or Mickey Creek, are good places to stop and listen for birds.
Australian Nature Guides have several tours focussed on wildlife; including the Carnarvon Night Safari Tour. The primary target of these tours are the Gorge's yellow-bellied gliders (at left). Seeing a wild glider soaring from tree to tree is one of the country's iconic wildlife encounters.
Australian Nature Guides
One of the best ways to accomplish the two activities listed above is to take a guided tour with Australian Nature Guides, Carnarvon Gorge's most experienced tour operator.
Walking with us means you have a great chance of having your questions answered as they come to mind.
Understand the formation of this spectacular landscape.
Identify the native plants that interest you and understand their role in the ecosystem.
Encounter more wildlife as we can often identify an animal before it is sighted just by its call or the sound it makes as it moves through the bush.
For those with a particular interest in wildlife, a Night Safari Tour with Simon is not to be missed. The tour focuses on Gliders, particularly Greater Gliders (above right) and Yellow-bellied Gliders, and a walk after dark will give a fascinating insight into what goes on in Carnarvon Gorge's forests after the night shift comes on duty.
Helicentral Scenic Flights
Helicentral operate Scenic Flights over Carnarvon National Park from the Bandana Airstrip just outside the Park Boundary. There are several flights to choose from and we recommend the 20 minute flight over Moolayember Gorge (at right) as the pick of the bunch. This flight gives you plenty of time to appreciate the spectacular nature of the sandstone wilderness in the southeastern section of Carnarvon National Park.
Takarakka Bush Resort
Early in 2014, Takarakka Bush Resort ended it's long association with Australian Nature Guides and began running its own tours. If you've heard reports of great guided walks and talks available at Takarakka from visits prior to 2014 those tours were with Australian Nature Guides.
Australian Nature Guides' has established the Gorge's first, and only, museum. Dedicated to all things Gorge-ous, Simon's hands-on approach comes to the fore yet again. Pop in and try your hand at some fascinating, interactive displays and activities.
Stories in the stones.
The rocks of Carnarvon Gorge tell a story spanning over two hundred million years. The Discovery Centre has a range of local rocks on display that can take you on a journey back through time. Come along and take a ride if you dare.