Big Bend walkers' camp (Great Walk)
Recharge after a hard day's walk with a peaceful night beside the creek beneath towering sandstone walls of the gorge.
Reward the day’s efforts by kicking off your hiking boots and settling back at this quiet camping area near Carnarvon Creek. The first section of the Carnarvon Great Walk and the Main Gorge track end here.
Escape the heat 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 creek. Don’t be tempted to join them though—you can’t swim 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 walkers' camp (Great Walk) is in Carnarvon National Park, in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, about 720km north-west of Brisbane and 400km west of Gladstone.
- One of five walkers' camps along the Carnarvon Great Walk, Big Bend walkers' camp is 9.7km from the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area in the Carnarvon Gorge section of the park, half way between Emerald and Roma.
- You can access the Carnarvon Great Walk from the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area, 5.9km by unsealed road from the park entrance in the Carnarvon Gorge section, or the West Branch camping area, 25km from the park entrance in the Mount Moffat section of the park.
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.
To reach Mount Moffatt from Mitchell, drive 220km north on an unsealed road via Womblebank Station. If you are travelling from Injune, drive 160km north-west via Womblebank Station or Westgrove Station. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended and are essential to get around the park. There are no roads from Mount Moffatt direct to the other sections of the park.
- Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
The 45km road to the park is mostly sealed. This road can become impassable after rain as Carnarvon Creek rises rapidly cutting road access.
- The access road via Womblebank Station is unsealed and can become impassable after rain.
- Note that some roads may be closed without prior notice during wet conditions, in the event of wildfires or when rangers are carrying out other management duties.
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.
Fuel and supplies are available in Mitchell (220km) and Injune (160km) from the park. Allow extra fuel for driving the 100km of park roads as well as the trip back to town.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
When to visit
Big Bend walkers' camp (Great Walk) 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.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
None. Check with your service provider for more information.
- 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.
- Purchase a Carnarvon Great Walk topographic map to help you plan your walk.
- When planning your walk, think about the abilities and limits of the walkers in your group. Bushwalking experience, fitness levels and track conditions are important factors. Bad weather (such as periods of high rainfall or very hot conditions) can make walking more difficult and challenging. Know how much food and water you can carry and match this with the trip's length. Carry extra food and water in case of emergency.
- If you are walking the Great Walk, complete this bushwalking advice form . Give a copy of this form to a responsible person and make sure that they know your exact route and when you expect to return. Contact them when you return. If you change your plans, tell them. Have an emergency plan in place if you fail to contact them by an agreed time. If you are overdue or potentially lost, your nominated contact should report this to the Queensland Police Service (phone Triple Zero 000). The police will organise rescue procedures.
- We recommend that you contact the Park Rangers at Carnarvon Gorge or Mount Moffatt at least 10 days before your walk to let them know your plans and to find out about current conditions.
- 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. Keep waterways free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, sunscreens and food scraps.
- Do not feed wildlife as some animals can quickly become reliant on human food and become aggressive. Keep food hidden in your pack or tent.
- Use the toilets 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. You need to be self-sufficient and bring your own drinking water—at least 7L water per person per day for drinking, cooking and washing.
- 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.
- Take the Carnarvon Great Walk topographic map, a compass and a GPS. Stay on marked tracks and trails. Check your map regularly to mark your progress against features. Do not push too hard—stop to make camp well before dark or before bad weather and keep your group together, especially towards the end of the day.
- If someone becomes ill or if difficult weather sets in, make camp and wait for conditions to improve or for help to arrive. Know your group and its limitations and change your plans as necessary.
- If you think you are lost, sit down and stay calm. Use the map and compass or GPS. Do not continue travelling until you know where you are. If you are lost, stay in one place and wait for help to arrive.
- Water levels in the area's creeks can rise very quickly during rain. Do not cross creeks during floods or after heavy rain. If caught during a flash flood, stay on high ground and wait until the waters have receded. Continue your walk only when you can safely cross the creeks.
- You may encounter wild dogs, dingoes or horses. Do not encourage, excite or coax them in any way. Occasionally, stallions can be threatened by people and may become aggressive. In such situations stay calm and move away.
- If you encounter a snake, calmly walk away without disturbing it. Some snakes are more active at night, so always use a torch, wear shoes and watch where you walk. Ensure that you are familiar with first aid for snake bite.
Read be wildlife aware for important information about dangerous animals and plants.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.
- Have an emergency plan and be prepared with a first-aid kit and a practical working knowledge of basic first aid. The nearest hospitals are at Roma, Injune and Mitchell.
- There is no mobile phone coverage along the Carnarvon Great Walk however satellite phones can be used.
- If you have an Personal Locator Beacon (PBL), it should only be activated in a serious emergency situation, when there is no alternative way to raise assistance.
- Bushfires can occur without warning. Be aware of, and prepared for, the dangers.
- Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.