Carnarvon Gorge camping area
You’ll be on the doorstep of Carnarvon Gorge when you set up camp in this well-equipped and shady camping area.
During the Easter, winter and spring Queensland school holidays you can set up your tent or camper trailer in the heart of this bold landscape.
Explore the labyrinth of trails and gorges that crisscross this spectacular country, picnic in the shade of the towering eucalypts and Carnarvon fan palms or see how many of the park’s 170+ bird species you can find. At night, don a headlamp and spotlight in the trees for possums and gliders.
Be sure to pop into the visitor centre to learn all about the natural values and cultural history of the park, and to speak to a Park Ranger about walking in the area.
Ever considered becoming a campground host? Campground hosts are needed during Queensland school holiday periods to help rangers greet visitors and maintain visitor facilities, and enjoy free camping in return. Find out how to apply .
Getting there and getting around
Carnarvon Gorge camping area is in the Carnarvon Gorge section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, about half way between Emerald and Roma.
- The camping area is near 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.
Parking is provided for buses, cars and includes allocated wheelchair-accessible spaces.
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.
Assistance may be required.
When to visit
Carnarvon Gorge 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
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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.
- Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
- You can camp here only during the Easter, winter and spring Queensland school holidays.
- 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 your food packed away when your camp site is not attended.
- 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.
- An electric barbeque is also provided.
- Drinking water is provided. Carry plenty of water with you on walks—at least 2L per person.
- Creek water is not suitable for drinking and treated drinking water is not available on the walking tracks.
- 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.
- If you have a portable toilet, the nearest dump points are at caravan parks at Emerald, Roma, Rolleston and Mitchell.
- Toilets are provided.
- 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.
- Drive carefully at all times. Dirt roads may have gutters, washouts or loose edges (especially after heavy rain). Check local road conditions before visiting the park.
- Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans inform them.
- Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.