Carnarvon Gorge;

An Introduction

Cliffline, Carnarvon Gorge.
Bustard, Carnarvon Gorge
Hand Stencils, Carnarvon Gorge

Introduction

 
Southern Cliffs, Carnarvon Gorge.
The Southern Clifflines (Image taken on a Helicentral Flight)

Carved into the elevated sandstone of Central Queensland, Carnarvon Gorge is a natural monument to the power of water, wind and time, featuring...

  • Dramatic landscapes

  • High biodiversity

  • Significant cultural heritage locations

  • Permanent artesian water supply.

 

Upwards of 70,000 visitors a year make the trek to this outback oasis, which is well known to the caravan and camping crowd.

Fed by rain and artesian springs, Carnarvon Creek has shaped not only the Gorge’s physical landscapes, but its spiritual and cultural landscape as well.

 

  • In 27 million years the creek has eroded through 600 metres of basalt and sandstone

  • The lower 200 metres is dominated by spectacular sandstone cliffs

  • Contemporary Australians created a National Park around Carnarvon Gorge.

  • The Bidjara and Karingbal peoples created some of the world's best stencil art galleries on its sandstone walls.

Oakey Creek, Carnarvon Gorge.
Spring-fed creeks create an Outback Oasis
Crossing Carnarvon Creek
Crossing Carnarvon Creek.

To the visitor, Carnarvon Gorge offers many things...

 

  • Great bushwalking along 20+ km of maintained tracks

  • A wide variety of sites of natural and cultural significance

  • Opportunities for solitude beside Carnarvon's creeks and cliffs.

  • Adventure hikes into narrow side gorges (Off The Beaten Track Tour).

  • Several tagged trails and remote walks leading to the shelves and tablelands on either side of Carnarvon Gorge.

There is an abundance of flora and fauna to become acquainted with...

  • 210 bird species

  • 60 different mammals

  • 22 species of frog

  • 90 kinds of reptiles.

 

Of the 1000+ plant species, 23 are listed as rare or vulnerable under Queensland legislation.

Carnarvon Gorge's biodiversity includes a number of species are at their distributional limits within the Park, or form disjunct populations isolated from others of their kind.

Fairy Bells, Carnarvon Gorge
Yellow Bellied Glider, Carnarvon Gorge.
Isolated populations characterise the Gorge's lifeforms (fairy bell orchid, yellow-bellied glider).
Inspecting evidence of wildlife

Wildlife

Whisperers

Bring on the Beasties.

Australian Nature Guides are trained wildlife spotters, using tracks, sounds and local knowledge to enhance the wildlife encounters of clients on their tours. To meet as many 

species local to Carnarvon Gorge as possible, and to learn how they fit into the grand scheme of things, book a tour.

A River Runs Through it

Perennial Carnarvon Ck.

Carnarvon Creek is fed by artesian springs - some of which have never been known to cease flowing. For millions of years it has attracted, and sustained, a bewildering array of life, including humans from several different cultures, which continues to this day.

Big Bend, Carnarvon Gorge.

Rocks in

our Heads.

ANG's not-so-secret hobby.

Part of the charm of Australian Nature Guides' tours is the way we bring the inanimate to life. With our commentary, all of a sudden, the stone you just hopped onto cross the creek will be taking you back in time millions of years before the Gorge even existed!

 

Carnarvon Gorge Discovery Centre

O'Brien's Rd.

Carnarvon National Park

Queensland 4702 Australia

p: (07) 4984 4652

m: 0408 741 292

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Rock hopping Carnarvon Creek.