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Moss Garden walk

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Moss Garden walk

Walking No Walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping

Legend

Walking No walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Escape the midday sun in the main gorge to explore a lush 'garden' of cascading water, intricate rock formations and lush plant life.

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Follow the shady boardwalk along the Moss Garden walk.
Follow the shady boardwalk along the Moss Garden walk. Michael O'Connor © Queensland Government
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Park Carnarvon
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Discover a welcome respite from the heat of the day in this side gorge, branching off the Main Gorge track. Turn off the main track and climb into a sheltered side gorge, a haven of rainforest, moss-covered rocks and soaring cliffs.

At the end of the boardwalk your reward awaits! At the Moss Garden, a small waterfall cascades over the sandstone ledge, collecting in a clear pool, lined with colourful rocks and water-carved boulders. Elegant tree ferns create delicate shadows on the carpet of lush mosses, liverworts and ferns. Spend a while here, soaking up the cool atmosphere before tackling the return journey.

At a glance

Distance: 7km from visitor area (1.3km from Main gorge track) return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 3hrs walking time.
Grade:
Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

The Moss Garden walk is in the Carnarvon Gorge section of Carnarvon National Park, in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, halfway between Emerald and Roma.

  • The Moss Garden walk branches offs the Main gorge track and continues for 650m to the Moss Gardens.
  • The turn-off to the Moss gardens walk is 2.8km along the Main gorge track from the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area.
  • The Carnarvon Gorge visitor area is 5.9km by mostly sealed 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.

Road conditions

  • The 45km road to the park is mostly sealed. This road can become impassable after rain as Carnarvon Creek rises rapidly cutting road access.

  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Parking

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.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

  • Sections of the park are occasionally closed for management activities such as planned burns and controlling pest animals. Notification of closures is posted on signs at the park's entrances and on the website.
  • 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

Organised events

  • 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.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

None. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • 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.

Drinking water

  • Drinking water is not provided on this walk. Bring your own water—at least 2L per person.
  • Drinking water is provided at Carnarvon Gorge visitor area.
  • Treat all water before use.

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Do not bury or leave rubbish. This includes cigarette butts, which do not decompose.

Walking

  • 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.
  • Start longer walks at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot days. Plan to complete your walk before dark.
  • 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.

Driving

  • 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.

Restricted access

Moss Garden restricted access area notice (PDF, 49.7KB)

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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