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9 Things to Do in Carnarvon Gorge National Park

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Carnarvon Gorge National Park is located in Queensland’s sandstone country. You’ll find deep, craggy gorges, jaw-dropping cliffs, and more than 2,000 pieces of aboriginal rock art.

Nestled amongst the rocks you’ll find mossy gardens and bright, emerald green plants and fauna. It’s simply a wonder to behold, and a stark contrast from other national parks in Queensland that offer a more tropical vibe.

You might even say that Carnarvon Gorge is a tropical oasis.

If you’re thinking of visiting but you’re not sure what things to do in Carnarvon Gorge National Park, then you’re in luck, as we’ve listed all the best attractions and landmarks to visit in this incredible National Park in Australia.

How Many Days To Spend in Carnarvon Gorge NP?

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It’s a special place, and certainly worthy of more than the two nights we stayed here. One of the top things to do in Carnarvon Gorge National Park is to go hiking, and there are so many trails and rugged walks you can take.

In fact, the Carnarvon Great Walk is a whipping 87km long, and takes around 6–7 days to finish.

If you don’t plan on doing the full walk, you should allow at least 3 full days to explore some of the most famous walks and see the highlights of the park.

Is Carnarvon Gorge NP worth visiting?

We arrived at Carnarvon Gorge National Park after a month of 40+ degree temperatures in Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Outback Queensland.

When we started driving into Tropical North Queensland, the dry heat and arid landscapes soon turned into a lush, green moist oasis.

The palm trees and cooler temperatures at Carnarvon were a breath of fresh air (quite literally), and the rocky landscape combined with lush green moss made us feel like we had stepped into the Garden of Eden.

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Carnarvon Gorge National Park,

Immediately we felt as though we could collapse into a hammock with a cocktail after a long year of work.

Not only was it cooler, but it was now humid heat. I’m one of those weirdos who loves humidity. It bathes me in sweat and makes me feel sticky, but it does not drain me and wipe me out like dry heat does. That stuff just saps out all my moisture and spirit.

So before even doing much, we loved Carnarvon Gorge simply for the environment. If that doesn’t say that Carnarvon is worth visiting, then I don’t know what is.

Things to Do in Carnarvon Gorge National Park

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We discovered over the next day and a half hiking through the gorge, there was so much to…

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