CarnarvonNP.JPG (33706 bytes)Carnarvon National Park: has an area of almost 300,000 hectaresCarnarvonNP2.JPG (33173 bytes) (740,000 acres) and is situated in semi-arid central Queensland. The Carnarvon Gorge is the most visited section of the Park and has an area of 16,000 hectares (39,000 acres). Carnarvon Gorge is situated between the towns of Roma and Emerald.

Carnarvon Creek is a permanent watercourse flowing through the Gorge and is flanked by high, white sandstone cliffs. The main walking track follows the creek with frequent crossings. Within the Gorge system there is 21 kilometres of well-graded walking tracks.

Livistona nitida, the Carnarvon Fan Palm and Macrozamia moorei are two eye-catching plants that are common along the tracks. On our visit in July 2004, Hibiscus heterophyllus lit up the surrounding bushland with large, yellow flowers. The White Cedar (Melia azederach ) stood out along the creek with bright yellow autumn foliage. Birds abound in the Gorge and we were fortunate enough to observe a Red-backed Wren.

One of the canyons, in the Gorge system, is home to a population of Angiopteris evecta, a King Fern. This fern is a said to be the largest species in Australia. This colony receives only one hour of sunlight per day.

There is a large picnic area at the start of the walking track system complete with a well-equipped information centre. A small hike-in camping area is situated 9.6 kilometres from the picnic area. A number of private camping areas, lodges and a farmstay are located outside the Park.

The photograph on the left is Carnarvon Creek. The photograph on the right is a section of the sandstone cliffs with a Carnarvon Fan Palm in the foreground.
Carnarvon Gorge is well worth a visit. The area is very popular in holiday times and bear in mind that some of the access roads are unsealed.