Carnarvon Gorge visitor area
Make the visitor centre your first stop when you arrive at the gorge. Here you'll find answers to all your questions about visiting the gorge and learn about its landscape, plants, animals and cultural history.
Then relax with a picnic in the grassy day-use area, shaded by towering eucalypts and slender fan palms. Look for eastern grey kangaroos, lazing in the shade.
Use the visitor area as a base for your hike on the Main Gorge track or any of the side tracks. If you’re not quite ready to head into the gorge, stroll along the shady bank of Carnarvon Creek on the nearby Nature trail.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Area is in the Carnarvon Gorge section of Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, half way between Emerald and Roma.
- Carnarvon Gorge visitor area is 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.
Park at the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area car park.
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.
Picnic tables in the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area are wheelchair accessible.
When to visit
Carnarvon Gorge visitor area is open 24 hours a day.
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
- 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
None. Check with your service provider for more information.
Connect to our free QldParks wi-fi at the information centre.
- 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.
- Open fires are not allowed.. Use a fuel stove or the gas barbecues provided.
- Drinking water is provided.
- 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.
- Always take care near cliff edges—sandstone can crumble.
- Never walk alone, and stay on the tracks unless you are a very experienced and well-equipped bushwalker.
- Carry adequate fresh water when walking—at least 2L per person.
- 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.
- If your vehicle breaks down while within the national park, stay with it—a vehicle is much easier to find than a person.
- Ensure you bring adequate supplies of water, food, fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies. Roads may become impassable after rain, so ensure you take extra supplies.
- 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.