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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group guided

Highlights:

  • 8 day itinerary
  • Explore Carnarvon’s intriguing canyon system, an outback oasis
  • Ancient Aboriginal art sites with over a thousand stencils and rock engravings
  • Hike beneath huge bunya pines and sample the unique nuts
  • Heaps of wildlife including wallabies, bettongs, goannas, echidnas & colourful parrots

What an amazing place Carnarvon Gorge is! It’s a magnificent outback oasis teeming with wildlife. Pretty-faced wallabies, kangaroos, goannas, echidnas and platypus are amongst the wildlife there and the bird life is prolific as well. Carnarvon Creek carves its tortuous route through the spectacular sandstone gorge, its permanent water nurturing stands of cabbage palms and pockets of remnant rainforest with rare king ferns with five metre fronds.

The steep overhanging walls of Carnarvon Gorge house some of the most vivid aboriginal artwork anywhere in the country, with animals, humans, weapons and tools all clearly depicted in rich ochre patterns.  There are rock engravings as well.At places like the Art Gallery and Cathedral Cave you’ll see thousands of such images, all there to teach aboriginal customs, laws, history and where to find food. You’ll walk the length of the gorge, crisscrossing the river on stepping-stones many times.There are also fascinating side gorges for hiking into.

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the terrain

Climb into the Amphitheatre and follow Warrumbah Gorge till it narrows to just a metre wide. You’ll also be challenged by bushwalking to a dramatic lookout on top of the gorge rim.

During this holiday we do a bonus visit to the rainforest-clad Bunya Mountains where bunya pines and hoop pines tower overhead and the forest is cloaked in ferns, mosses and vines. Bunya nuts are yummy too and you’ll get to try those along with other indigenous foods. The chef will explain how she uses native foods to enhance flavours in her cooking. The walks here are totally different to Carnarvon Gorge with rainforest, big trees and views out to the Pacific coast.

Another bonus is to stop at Cania Gorge, a little known and very isolated National Park with eucalypt forest, rugged rock formations and lots of amazing wildlife. We’ll even guarantee you’ll see cute bettongs there! It’s hard to beat a campfire, so that’s what we do at Cania. To make the occasion even merrier, we’ll arrange for an evening local wine tasting as well.

Three distinctly different areas make this a holiday with lots of variety. And with two guides looking after you we can offer a range of easier and harder walking options along the way.

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More Details

Location

Starts and finishes at Brisbane airport.

Grading

This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.

Accommodation

At the Bunya Mountains we’ll stay in spacious self contained chalets. At Cania Gorge the best accommodation available is simple cabins with ensuites – but they are clean, modern and quiet and the setting is delightful.

At Carnarvon Gorge we’ll stay in safari-style cabins at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge. This eco retreat is located at one end of the gorge and is surrounded by zamia palms and open lawns. It features an excellent restaurant and Oasis Bar.

Our final night will be spent in a motel in Roma.

What’s included

Two guides, all transport from Brisbane airport, 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners, wine tasting at Cania Gorge, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case and info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

Late autumn / early winter is a great time for hiking at Carnarvon Gorge. The summer rains have stopped and the days are usually warm and sunny. It does get quite cold at nights though.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’sinformation about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Regional food and wine

Try the unique bunya nut in the Bunya Mountains and wash it down with some wine from the many boutique wineries in the district. At Cania Gorge we include a fun wine tasting evening.

The Itinerary

Let's Review

Day 1

This Queensland walking holiday departs Brisbane airport at 9.00am. Travel via Woodford and Yarraman. We’ll arrive at the Bunya Mountains about mid-afternoon and enjoy a 2 hour circuit walk in the rainforest. Our accommodation here will be in modern self-contained chalets and we stay for two nights. Dinner will be in a local restaurant where you can try the local delicacy – bunya pine nuts.

Accommodation: Bunya Mountains

Day 2

Today will be a full day bushwalking along an almost flat track, taking in most of the highlights of the Bunya Mountains including delightful streams, cascading waterfalls, stunning lookouts, dense rainforest and, of course, a lesson about bunya pines!

Accommodation: Bunya Mountains

Day 3

A fair bit of driving today as we head north to Cania Gorge. Most of this countryside is pastoral, with pockets of extensive cropping. Our driving route crosses many huge rivers, mostly dry at this time of year but it’s easy to imagine just how much rain does fall in this part of the world at certain times. We’ll stop in the typical rural town of Mundubbera for lunch, then arrive at Cania about mid-afternoon.

Our first walk at Cania Gorge takes us to a high vantage point where we can explore a two storey cave.  Tonight we’ll stay in simple but clean, modern and quiet cabins and enjoy a camp oven cooked dinner with the local wildlife.

Accommodation: Cania Gorge

Day 4

A half day of hiking at Cania Gorge, visiting some evocatively named features – Bloodwood Cave, Dragon Cave, The Overhang, Dripping Rock and Two Storey Cave.

Then we’re on the road again heading for Carnarvon Gorge, travelling through the outback towns of Monto, Banana and Biloela. Huge coal mining and gas projects are obvious. We’ll unpack the bags here for a 3 nights in an idyllic park-like setting.

Accommodation: Carnarvon Gorge Lodge

Day 5

An early start today, with an opportunity of walking right to the end of the Gorge at Big Bend – a distance of 20km return. There are many side walks to do on the way back, such as Boowinda Creek, Cathedral Cave, Art Gallery, Ward’s Canyon, Ampitheatre & Moss Garden.

If this sounds a bit much, there are numerous fascinating gorges to visit with our second guide who will be offering a less demanding walk for some of the group.

Accommodation: Carnarvon Gorge Lodge

Day 6

This morning’s walk is one of the best the national park has to offer, so we’ll all walk to Boolimba Bluff for absolutely ripper views. Next is an easy stroll along Carnarvon Gorge Creek back to the lodge (dependant on the water level of the creek).

After lunch we will explore two fascinating gorges – Mickey Creek and Warrumbah Gorge. There will be an opportunity for agile walkers to explore the upper reaches of these gorges.

Accommodation: Carnarvon Gorge Lodge

Day 7

This morning we will have time to explore the Rock Pool and Balloon Cave.

Then it’s on the road again for the country town of Roma, now an epicentre of a gas extraction boom.

Accommodation: Roma

Day 8

A travelling day, heading back to Brisbane through the rural Darling Downs towns of Miles, Dalby and Toowoomba. As well as a food bowl area for Queensland, Darling Downs is also a huge cotton production area. We estimate arriving in Brisbane at around 5.00pm.

Enjoy a Flawless Experience

Traveller’s Tales

Ulli Cliff – May 2016, Carnarvon Gorge

This was my third Auswalk and it lived up to all my expectations. This walk had been recommended to me by fellow walkers on my previous trip, and it did not disappoint.
I particularly enjoyed the Bunya Mountains and Carnarvon Gorge, a magic place. Accommodation and food were excellent.
A special thank you to our guides Marie and Rob, who looked after us so very well. I had a fantastic time and looking forward to my next Auswalk.

Bonnie Cochrane – May 2016, Carnarvon Gorge

Once again I was not disappointed with the organisation from start to finish of the walk.
The guides are outstanding and helpful at every turn. Marie’s cooking skills are to be envied.
The meals supplied at each venue were really really good. Fellow walkers were great company and laughter was heard on a regular basis. Thank you.

Bonita Evans – May 2015, Carnarvon Gorge

My Auswalk trip was a very well organized, enjoyable and stress free experience.
The guides were knowledgeable, genuine, welcoming and very professional at managing a group of different personalities to ensure everyone has the best experience possible.
The accommodation was very comfortable, I would say luxurious at Carnarvon Lodge, I could definitely move in there.
Thank you for a great holiday.

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$ 3095 per person twin/double share
$ 655 Single Supplement (private room)

(A $100 Early Bird Discount is applicable for all bookings made 6 months prior to the the selected departure date.)

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