Lower Gorge Explorer Tour

Indigenous stencil art adorns a cliff at the Art Gallery, Carnarvon Gorge.

The Art Gallery

Your first destination on this full day walk is the Art Gallery. Search for wildlife along the track and take in the grandeur of the cliffs along the way. Once at the Art Gallery, your guide will explore the significance of this important rock art site from both indigenous and western perspectives. 

Narrow sandstone walls, green with moss, nearly meet overhead in Wards Canyon, Carnarvon Gorge.

Ward's Canyon

Pause for lunch (on you) and a hot drink (on us) in this extraordinary side-gorge. Of all the microclimates in the Gorge, Wards Canyon is the most stable. as a result, it is home to the region's only colony of King Ferns and was used by fur hunters in the early 1900's.  

Reflected light illuminates the top of a steel ladder at the entrance to the Amphitheatre in Carnarvon Gorge.

The Amphitheatre

Clamber up a tiered ladder and disappear into the cliffs to experience the jaw-dropping atmosphere of the Amphitheatre. Surrounded on all sides by 60 metres of stone, it's one of those places that can't be captured on film - nothing does the place justice. 

A permanent spring feeds a waterfall and a lush wall of moss in the Moss Garden, Carnarvon Gorge.

The Moss Garden

A permanent, spring-fed waterfall and a boardwalk offer a comfortable place to pause and listen to the trickle of ancient water as it emerges from the cliffs. It's the perfect place to refresh before tackling the last stretch back out of the Gorge. 



Visit the Art Gallery, Ward's Canyon, Amphitheatre, and the Moss Garden with Carnarvon Gorge's most experienced guides.

Hunt for wildlife and unusual plants as you meander along the Gorge floor and then discover the ceremonial meaning behind the Gorge's 4000 year old rock art. 

Use Ward's Canyon's extraordinary microclimate to see 30 million years back in time while you wait for the Billy to boil at lunchtime.

Read the Amphitheatre's hidden clues into the formation of the Gorge's rocks and then see the same geology in action as you follow the long journey of the ancient water dripping from the walls of the Moss Garden.


Please note: All tours require a minimum of four participants to run. For first bookings of less than four tickets please be aware that the tour will be cancelled if minimum numbers are not met. In the event of such a cancellation, Australian Nature Guides will offer your choice of a refund or alternate date. 


Available: April- October. 

Duration: 8 - 9 hours.

Distance: 14 kilometres.

Price: $75 per person

Group size: Min 2 - Max 8. 

Note: Due to COVID-19, we are unable to supply our home-baked goodies or a hot drink. However, we will boil the billy at lunchtime for those that are happy to BYO cup, teabag, coffee, etc.

BYO: Lunch, snacks, cup, teabags/coffee, water, hat, walking shoes, weather appropriate clothing & camera.

COVID Safe Measures

  • All day tours for 2021 will be private tours.

  • A private booking is defined as a single household, family or group travelling together. Our goal is to keep you safe, and this approach will ensure you won’t have to mingle with anyone outside your family unit or travelling group.

  • Night Safari Tours are limited to eight guests to facilitate social distancing, which is easier to achieve at night when the tracks are almost empty.

  • Our tour movements within Carnarvon Gorge will abide by any restrictions imposed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, including social distancing at major sites where visitor numbers at any one time are limited.

  • We will carry surface spray to sanitise public toilets prior to use.

  • We will carry hand sanitiser, but would prefer you bring your own.

COVID Safe Policy

  • You MUST be willing to abide by any social distancing instructions as directed by your tour guide and/or National Park Staff.

  • You CANNOT attend our tours if you are experiencing ANY flu-like symptoms consistent with COVID-19 which includes cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.

  • DO NOT attend our tours if you have recently returned from overseas, or have potentially been in contact with any COVID-19 cases.

  • Engaging in travel and tourism-based activities is not currently recommended for people who fall into one of the COVID-19 “at-risk” groups as recognised by the Queensland State Government.

  • Should you be forced to cancel your tour booking due to experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, Australian Nature Guides will offer a 100% refund. 

  • We reserve the right to refuse service to customers who fail to comply with our COVID safe policy