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When to visit Carnarvon Gorge

Peak Period: April to September.
Annual Visitation: 65 000 people.
Avg. Rainfall: 1000 mm per annum.
Max. # of Visitors: ~500/night.
Minimum Temperature: -2ºC.
Maximum Temperature: 45ºC.
Avg. July Temps: 6.3ºC-20.9ºC.
Avg. January Temps: 20.5ºC-35.5ºC.
Wettest Month: February.
Driest Month: August.

Carnarvon Gorge is at its most popular in autumn, winter, and spring. Rainfall is less frequent, often non-existent for months, providing pleasant camping and easy vehicular access to the Gorge.

Temperatures during the day are mild and comfortable walking, although at night they can drop to and below zero degrees Celsius. The lack of haze from spring and summer fires makes the view from the lookouts most rewarding in autumn and winter.

Whilst the conditions just described are usual, there are exceptions of course. If you do get caught in the Gorge during rain feel privileged, as the majority of visitors never get to see this side of the Gorge’s personality. Providing you prepare for it, walking the Gorge in light rain can be spectacular, with heightened bush smells, glistening foliage and mists enshrouding the cliff-lines.

Personally, my favourite time of the year is May. The country is (usually) still green after the wet season, visitor numbers are moderate, and temperatures aren't extreme in either direction. Of course, given Australia's variable climate, using the calendar as a guide will be wrong at times. If you have the flexibility to respond to current conditions then head out to the Gorge after the Easter school holidays are over when the daytime temperatures start to head below 25-26 degrees.

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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