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Nature trail

Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

Nature trail

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

Become one with nature on this short stroll along the shady creek bank for a snapshot of plant life on the gorge floor.

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Stroll along the shady banks and across Carnarvon Creek on the Nature trail.
Stroll along the shady banks and across Carnarvon Creek on the Nature trail. Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government
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Park Carnarvon
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Grab your binoculars, camera and field guide and explore the shady banks of Carnarvon Creek on this short walk from Carnarvon Gorge visitor area. To make the most of your experience, walk during the early mornings and late afternoons when wildlife is most active.

Tread quietly and you might see a turtle basking in a patch of sunlight, or a shy platypus cruising on the water’s surface. Find somewhere quiet to sit and watch some of park’s many bird species in action—there’s no shortage of brilliant birdwatching opportunities. After the sun has set, spotlight for yellow-bellied gliders as they glide between the trees.

At a glance

Distance: 1.5km circuit (the same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 1hr walking time.
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Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

The Nature Trail is in the Carnarvon Gorge section of Carnarvon National Park, in central Queensland's Sandstone Wilderness, half way between Emerald and Roma.

  • The Nature Trail starts in the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area and can be accessed along the main walking track or through the Carnarvon Gorge camping 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.

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.

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

Nature trail 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

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 provided at Carnarvon Gorge visitor area.
  • Carry adequate fresh water when walking—at least 2L per person.
  • 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 walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

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.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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