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Services and Facilities.

Tours.

Australian Nature Guides are the only dedicated guided tour service available in the Gorge. We don't do anything else, and have been researching and presenting the Gorge for around two decades.

Our wealth of experience and involvement in local research projects adds a different dimension to visitor experiences in the Gorge. Come along to our afternoon multimedia presentations at Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Information Centre adjacent to the Wilderness Lodge Restaurant at 4.30 pm for an in-depth introduction to Carnarvon Gorge, covering...

  • Natural History;how did the Gorge form? What plants and animals live there?
  • Human History; who were the people that created the Gorge's rock art sites? Who were the first Europeans to see the Gorge? What is happening in the district today?
  • Park History; when was the National Park created, and why?
  • Park tracks and trails; what are the must-see sites? What should I visit if I am short on time? How difficult are the walking trails?

Let Simon's dedicated team help you maximise your visit to the Gorge, whether you're camping at Big Bend, camping at Takarakka, or parked at the Lodge.

Bandana Sunsets Local graziers, Olivia and Nathan Evans and Bruce Mayne, have begun running sunset tours on Bandana, just outside the National Park. Pull up a log next to the fire and enjoy a tipple or two as you watch the sunset colour twenty-odd kilometres of cliffline from your vantage point above Bandana Homestead. Olivia and Bruce will fill you in on all the local history and some secret-cow-business as well.

Helicentral. Scenic helicopter flights of various lengths are now available from Helicentral, based at Bandana Airstrip just oustide the National Park. You'll drive past the chopper pad on the way in and feel free to pop in and chat to Shane about the flights, or give him a call on (07) 4984 4662.

Information Centres.

Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Information Centre.
The Gorge has a brand new information centre located in the A-frame adjacent to the Wilderness Lodge Restaurant. This is Australian Nature Guides' HQ, and it is here you will find Simon and his team busy helping people understand the Gorge and how to use it to best advantage.

The Visitor Information Centre has information on the Gorge's formation (geology and geomorphology), displays introducing you to some of the frequently encountered plants and animals in the area, and a range of hands-on, interactive learning experiences that foster greater understanding of how this extraordinary place came to be.

Once you are set up at the accommodation of your choice, pop in to Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Information Centre and let us tailor an itinerary suited to the length of your stay. After twenty years here, we know this place inside and out and we'd love to help you make the most of your visit.

All the tours listed above can be booked at the Visitor Information Centre and you would be supporting the only locally owned and operated tour business in the Gorge - Australian Nature Guides!

National Park Information Centre.
Located at the very end of the road, this is where the Main Track begins and it has basic information on the natural and human history of the Gorge on information panels, dioramas, maps, etc. The Rangers are good sources of information and can provide plant and animal lists on request, as well as information sheets on other National Parks in the region. The National Park Information Centre may be unattended much of the time as the Rangers are often out in the field doing construction and maintenance.

Accommodation.

National Park.
There is a range of accommodation available at the Gorge. 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. Without a doubt, the most scenic of these is the main campground in the mouth of the Gorge which looks straight up at the imposing face of Boolimba Bluff.

The main National Park campground only opens in the Easter, June/July and August/September school holidays. Outside these times, the only other campsite available in the Gorge is at Big Bend, 10km up the Main Track; meaning it's packs on backs, chaps.

For all the official Parks information, click the previous link and their site will open in another window. If you wish to book a campsite in the National Park, use this link or phone 13 13 04.

Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge also has an enviable location, snuggled below Clematis Ridge just outside the mouth of the Gorge and only a short distance from the Rockpool. The Lodge offers ensuited safari tents, a la carte dining and a bar.

Prices to stay at the Lodge are at the upper end of the Carnarvon Gorge scale. In their favour, the cabins are heated and have an ensuite, and even when full, the Lodge seldom seems crowded due to its modest capacity. Their contact details are as follows.

Ph: (07) 4984 4503
Web: www.carnarvon-gorge.com

Takarakka Bush Resort is nestled in a picturesque loop of Carnarvon Creek right next door to the National Park. It offers campsites, powered sites, canvas cabins all with shared amenities and access to well-appointed camp kitchens. There are also a small number of ensuited cabins, and 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. Takarakka's contact details are as follows.

Ph: (07) 4984 4535

Budget Accommodation.
The National Park Campground is the only low-cost camping facility and it is only open three times a year during the Easter, June-July and September-October School Holidays (QLD). The Big Bend campground is open year-round, but you need to hump all your kit 10 km up the Main Track to get there.

Outside these times, if you are travelling on a shoestring you'll need to be self sufficient and freecamp somewhere along the road on the way in - just remember that open fires are not appreciated by landowners due to the risk of bushfire, and camping next to the creek or at the war memorial is frowned upon for reasons that should be obvious.

The toilet and shower facilities at the National Park are open all year, but be aware if you are caught freecamping within the National Park you may be up for a hefty on the spot fine.

Facilities.

Mobile phones do not receive coverage in the Gorge or the accommodation centres. The nearest reception is on the approach to Rolleston on the 3G network. Each of the accommodation centres has a payphone. The National Park has a telstra payphone, which is the cheapest option in the area. Even cheaper when you use a phone card.

Fuel is not available in the Gorge. The nearest fuel stops are Rolleston and Injune - make sure you fill up there, as unless you are camping at the National Park, you'll be driving to the start of the walking tracks.

Groceries are best purchased on the way in, but you will find basic supplies at Takarakka, and alcohol at both Takarakka and the Lodge.

Dining out is available at the Lodge's restaurant and at Takarakka's regular spit roasts. Bookings are essential for both and they are a great way to treat yourself after a big day out walking the tracks.

Despite the National Park Campground being closed most of the time, its facilities remain open. There are coin operated hot showers in the middle amenities block, and gas BBQs scattered around the day use area.


Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Information Centre. 4043 O'Briens Rd, Carnarvon Gorge, Via Rolleston. QLD, 4702.
Phone: +61 (0)408 741 292
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