An indescribal work of nature at its best. Beautiful escarpments, bleached white by the sun. Tall white eucalyptus towering over us, reaching for the sky. Crystal clear cold water running through the creek beds, winding its way around rocks worn smooth during heavy rain and floods. However, we had no idea, what lay ahead for us on the 18.5km, walk. Carnarvon Gorge in the Central Highlands of Queensland with beautiful gullies full of ferns dripping with cool water . Hot dry scrub on the higher slopes and gorges full of rock walls, aboriginal art and magnificent peaks reaching to the brilliant blue sky above us.
We could hear the birds, chirping and screeching to each other, but could not see them and they accompanied us on our walks.
Starting at the visitor centre area, we left early morning and it took us almost a full day to cover the 18.5km. Upon advice and watching other walkers return to camp, we equipped ourselves with stout walking sticks. The men had picked up stout branches, whereas one of the girls had invested in snow ski poles. Crossing the Carnarvon creek on a number of occasions, using the poles to balance and not fall into the water and at times, I used mine as leverage to access the next stepping stone through the water.
We took lunch and plenty of water, there no takeaways on the gorge walk. We took our time and enjoyed every moment of the scenery, dipping our toes into the cool water of the creek and stopped to enjoy the highlights of this part of the great walk, the ampitheatre, Wards canyon, the moss garden and the art gallery.
The Carnarvon Gorge section of Carnarvon National Park is about 246 km north of Roma and 241 km south-east of Emerald. From Roma, drive 90 km north to Injune then a further 160 km along the Carnarvon Highway. From Emerald, drive 65 km south to Springsure then 70 km east to Rolleston, and a further 61 km to the Carnarvon turnoff.