EXPLORE THE GORGE
The philosophy to follow when walking in Carnarvon National Park is that the walk along the way can offer you as much enjoyment as the destination. You’ll miss a great deal if you just put your head down and plod along the track. Here, we outline some of the walks in Carnarvon Gorge National Park.
When planning your day, remember you can include more than one destination.
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3.6 km one way from the Park Headquarters
Seeping down through porous sandstone and out over an impervious layer of shale, a continuous flow of crystal clear water fosters the growth of a variety of ferns and mosses in a lovely natural garden. A nearby waterfall makes a splendid backdrop for a lunch or ‘smoko’ stop. About 200 metres before the Moss Garden where the two creeks join, you’ll see a huge deciduous fig growing astride a large rock, and rocks covered in elkhorn ferns. This is also one of the few places in the Park where you see birdsnest ferns.
ABORIGINAL ROCK ART GALLERY
5.6 km one way from the Park Headquarters
The most accessible display of Aboriginal rock art is at the Art Gallery. Under an overhanging rock face, a wide variety of motifs typical of the region’s Aboriginal art are very well preserved, and an excellent interpretive display explains their significance. The walk can combine visits to Aljon Falls and the Amphitheatre to make a very pleasant all-day trip.
The track starts from the main road of Queensland’s National Park, not far from the park entrance, following Mickeys Creek to where it is joined by Warrumbah Creek. Both Mickey and Warrumbah Creek side gorges are well worth exploring. In parts of Warrumbah Gorge, you can stretch your arms and touch both walls of the Gorge. On the way into Warrumbah Gorge, there’s a large cleft in the rock face on the right, and just around the base of the cliff there’s some very interesting vegetation, including quite a few orchids on the rocks. It’s a short and easy walk into these two gorges, but allow a couple of hours to enjoy it, especially on a hot afternoon, where the “natural air conditioning” makes it a most pleasant place to be. The sunlight only reaches the floor of these gorges for a very short period each day, and they have a micro-climate all of their own.
3 kilometres return from the Lodge.
Walk up along the road to the car park and head across to Baloon Cave. Stoneaxe stencils and some hands can be seen here. The track back to the Lodge braches off to the left just before Baloon Cave. “Baloon” is the Aboriginal word for axe. Aboriginals possibly used the rock layer in the cave to make stone axes. Walk down along Mickey Creek to return to the Lodge.