Set on the banks of the Warrego River, about 84km north of Charleville, Augathella is a small rural town supported by regional cattle runs, sheep stations and cyprus pine timber millers.
It is an easy, two hour drive to the largest and most spectacular reserve in central Queensland, the 298,000ha Carnarvon Gorge National Park. Carved out of the sandstone cliffs of the Great Dividing Range over millions of years by the Carnarvon Creek, the forest-draped gorge snakes its way through an otherwise arid landscape.
The gorge is a popular camping spot for family groups who stay an average of three nights exploring the 21km of graded, bush-walking tracks which meander through the rainforest and fern undergrowth.
Off the track, you will find links back to Australia's pre-history through the Aboriginal drawings preserved on the rock faces of natural galleries. The Aborigines have known and revered the gorge as a living entity for thousands of years. It remains one of the most sacred of their spiritual places on the ancient ark of Australia.