A 3.2k walk from the visitor centre.
THIS WALK IS ONLY FOR THE PHYSICALLY FIT people, as it involves quite a climb up the mountain. 963 steps to climb and small ladders to negotiate to get you to the top. At the start, the route takes you through the dry Gorge, then it starts climbing.
I took my time, as I'm asthmatic, had breathers, and got to the top O.K.
From the top, which is 200metres above the gorge floor, good views are had of the Sandstone cliffs and balsat capped ridges with lots & lots of Eucalypt.
Have been told that its very nice at Sunrise, I didn't want to tackle it in the dark.
Boolimba Bluff walk—6.2 km return (2–3 hours) Class 4
The walk is 4.6ks one way from the visitor centre.
A short, but steep climb leads you into the small and beautiful Ward"s Canyon. A small stream lined with mosses and ferns. You will find the rare king tree fern (Angiopteris evecta) here, its the WORLD'S LARGEST FERN. and is believed to have strong links with the ancient flora of Gondwanan origin. You will also see Spotted Gums near the lower waterfall.
This is another cool place to enjoy on a hot day.
Ward's Canyon walk—9.2 km return (3–4 hours) Class 3
Well worth having a look at.
Located 5.4k's one way from the Visitor centre. There are over 2000 engravings, ochre stencils and freehand paintings done by the Aborigines here. They are along a 62metre long sandstone cliff. An interperative display explains the meanings of the site. The Art Gallery contains one of the best examples of stencil art in Australia.
Do not miss this walk as its an excellent site.
Art Gallery walk—10.8 km return (3–4 hours) Class 3
The Moss Garden is a 3.5 one way walk from the visitor centre.
Off the main walking trail, its only a short walk. This "hidden jewel" is in Violet Gorge.
I just loved this place, and how extra nice it was when walking in the heat, it was like the natural air conditioning had been turned on!
Located here is a natural spring which seeps from the rock walls, on which Ferns, Mosses, Lichens and liverworts and Hornworts grow. There is a small waterfall tumbling into a beautiful crystal clear water hole in this lush Rainforest enviroment.
We just sat here, enjoying the sound of the water, and taking in the natural beauty of this delightful spot.
Moss Garden walk—7 km return (2–3 hours) Class 3
One kilometre return.
This is a short easy walk passing by Cycads and Fan palms to a small sandstone overhang which has stencilled Aboriginal rock art. The track has sign posts on how the Aborigines used this area.
It is an Aboriginal cultural trail—1 km return (45 minutes) Class 2 [Easy, level, well-graded track, suitable for all fitness levels]
We arranged to do a night walk from the Takarakka campground. We went with a Ranger into Carnarvon Gorge, she had a powerful spotlight with her, and most of us had torches. We did manage to see some Gliders, that was all, its just luck with nature as to what you see on the night. We had a good time any rate.
Early in the morning or at dusk, at Takerakka camp ground, you can walk down to the waterhole and stand very quietly on the viewing logs. The platypus can be seen (not every time but pretty frequently) in the waterhole.
This is a long but magnificent walk. At the end there is a beautiful waterhole, a camp ground with minimal facilities and some great scenery, magnificent from the floor of the gorge. If you are into this sort of thing you will love it...if not, don't bother. You will wonder what the fuss is about.
If you are a bit adventurous and you have some mates of a like mind (you will need them) then Hellhole Gorge and BEYOND is a wonderful bit of climbing adventuring... We went right to the end - quite challenging. A number of times we thought we could not go further.... but with a bit of effort and a little courage (nothing too dangerous - we had 10, 11 12, 13 year old kids with us) you will be amazed what one can do. You need friends to help get up some of the places, hauling, propping and providing a leg up ...not to mention encouragement.
Warumba Gorge is close to the camping area and is a short walk in the shade. The Gorge is very very narrow - you can touch each side with outstretched arms --- and it involves walking along logs, narrow ledges (nothing dangerous, but a bit exciting, especially for kids). Our children loved it as it was demanding and exciting to walk across logs with water underneath...but they could do it!! It's in the shade (cool), and short. And interesting.
This is quite interesting if you have an interest in indigenous art. Start the walk early in the day, as early as you can, and keep going to Big Bend. It's worth the effort.