Carnarvon National Park protects Carnarvon Gorge, an oasis in the dry outback between Roma and Emerald. Carnarvon Creek meanders through the bottom of a spectacular narrow gorge while pale sandstone cliffs loom above. Side gorges are filled with remnant rainforest, while in the main gorge ancient plant species dating back to the times of the dinosaurs flouish.
The gorge has long been a haven for local Aboriginal tribes, and their rock art at Cathedral Cave and the Art Gallery are a reminder of the area's history. The hand prints, rock engravings and ochre stencils are considered to be among Australia's finest rock art. The area is rich in wildlife, especially bird life. There are a number of walks for all abilities and levels of fitness.
Camping is permitted in the gorge but bookings are essential. There are other types of accommodation just outside the national park. Access to Carnarvon Gorge is via an unsealed road, which is suitable for conventional vehicles except after heavy rain.
The other sections of Carnarvon National Park, including Ka Ka Mundi, Salvator Rosa and Mt Moffatt, protect magnificent sandstone outcrops, diverse vegetation, prolific wildlife and, in some instances, Aboriginal rock art. These other sections are more remote and have few, if any, facilities. Bush camping is permitted in some areas, but you should contact the national park for more information.
Photo courtesy of Queensland Tourism.