Big Bend camping area
Enjoy the tranquillity in this cool retreat beside Carnarvon Creek with a scenic backdrop of sheer sandstone cliffs.
A welcome retreat from the heat, the camping area lies beside a natural pool in an elbow of the gorge, with sweeping sandstone walls as a perfect backdrop. Sit in the shade of lanky spotted gums to watch catfish and turtles in the tranquil waters of Carnarvon Creek. Don’t be tempted to join them though—you can’t swim in the creek here. Spot some of the park’s many birds and, after dark, spotlight for gliders, possums and owls in the trees.
Getting there and getting around
Big Bend camping area is in the Carnarvon Gorge section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, half way between Emerald and Roma.
- Big Bend can only be reached by a 9.7km walk along the Main gorge track, which begins at the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area,5.9km by unsealed road from the park entrance.
To reach Carnarvon Gorge from Roma, drive 90km north to Injune then a further 160km along the Carnarvon Highway to the Carnarvon Gorge turn-off. If you are travelling from Emerald, drive 65km south to Springsure then 70km east to Rolleston, and a further 61km along the Carnarvon Highway to the Carnarvon Gorge turn-off. From here, the 45km road to the park entrance is mostly sealed.
Fuel and supplies
- The nearest fuel and supplies is available from Rolleston (106km north) or Injune (111km south). LPG fuel is only available from Emerald (196km north-west) or Roma (201km south).
- The nearest vehicle and tyre repair facilities are at Injune and Rolleston.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
When to visit
Big Bend camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Climate and weather
The best time to visit Carnarvon National Park is between April and September. Temperatures in this region vary widely. Summer days can exceed 35°C. In winter, heavy frosts can be expected as temperatures sometimes fall below freezing. Rain mostly falls between December and March. However, storms can occur throughout the year. Many roads are unsealed and impassable after even a small amount of rain and flooding can occur suddenly.
Permits and fees
- Camping permits are required and fees apply. Display the tag with your booking number at your camp site.
- If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.
- Find further information to help you organise school visits to Carnarvon Gorge in the Carnarvon Gorge Teachers Guide .
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
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- Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.
- This camping area is remote and isolated. Accidents have happened, even to experienced bushwalkers.
- Nature can be unpredictable. Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.
- See the Bureau of Meteorology for weather conditions and forecasts.
- Rangers carry out planned hazard-reduction burning in the area, so check for updates on fire danger and scheduled burns before you go.
- Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
- Its best to book about three months in advance for holiday periods.
- Watch your head. High winds cause branches to fall. Walkers' camps may be closed temporarily in very windy conditions.
- Bring warm clothing and camping gear as winter nights can fall below 0°C.
- When washing cooking equipment, always wash at least 100m from streams.
- Do not feed or leave food for animals. Keep food hidden in your pack or tent.
- Toilets are provided. To assist the treatment process, do not throw rubbish or sanitary items into toilets and please close the lid after use.
- Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.
- Open fires are not allowed.
- We recommend gas or fuel stoves for cooking.
- Drinking water is not provided. Bring your own drinking water—at least 2L per person.
- Creek water is not suitable for drinking.
- Treat all water before use.
- There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Bring a sealable container for rubbish and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.
- Do not bury or leave rubbish. This includes cigarette butts, which do not decompose.
- Avoid walking in extreme heat or during periods of high fire danger. The walking track may be closed in extreme weather conditions. Please observe all signs.
- Take care on the many rocky creek crossings. Stepping stones can be slippery or unstable. Serious injury has occurred to visitors as a result of falling on the rocks. Wear appropriate footwear with a good grip.
- Falling trees and limbs, flash flooding and rock falls occur naturally. Avoid natural hazards by not walking in extreme weather.
- Never walk alone, and stay on the walking tracks.
- Start longer walks at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot days. Plan to complete your walk before dark.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.