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Notch Point Free Camping, Yarrawonga Park Qld

Notch Point Free Camping Feature

Wow, the Notch Point Free Camping at Yarrawonga Park in Central Queensland is absolutely top notch!!

This magical little piece of paradise is located 270 kms north of Rockhampton and just over 84 kms south of Mackay.

Notch Point

Yarrawonga Park, not to be confused with Yarrawonga on the Murray River in Victoria and Notch Point Reserve is not to be confused with Notch Point Campground on Dirk Hartog Island in Western Australia.

Notch Point Reserve, Yarrawonga Park in Central Queensland is located alongside a cattle property and cattle roam freely throughout the camping ground.

It’s not every day you are able to free camp with the most amazing absolute beachfront views.

The Notch Point Free Camping area is one of the best free camping grounds in Queensland and even Australia.

Check out all of our: 16 Great Queensland Free Camps from Brisbane to Cairns

Notch Point

Notch Point Free Camping Facilities

Although there are no facilities at the Notch Point Free Camping ground, it is an ideal place to get away from it all and unwind.

There are no toilets or showers so bring a portable toilet if you are in a tent. Apparently, there are showers at the Ilbilbie Roadhouse.

Please take all of your rubbish with you as there are no bins. Bring an adequate supply of water for both drinking and general use.

Water bladders are excellent and so are the collapsible water containers like we use to help store water and make for easy access.

Due to the road in to Notch Point this awesome free camping ground is best accessed by 4WD therefore it is mainly suitable for camping in tents, Camper trailers and possibly Caravans.

We did however see a Campervan there so it is possible in 2WD but watch our video for what to look out for.

Notch Point

According to WikiCamps, open campfires are prohibited.

We did see some fire pits however, please follow the any rules and ensure any campfires are properly extinguished.

When we visited Notch Point for the afternoon we had phone coverage with our Samsung Phones.

We were able to receive two bars with Telstra and also we had 1 bar with Vodafone.

Happy Hour at Notch Point

There is a Dump Point at Sarina in the car park of the Visitor’s Information Centre which is next to The Sugar Shed.

Midges can be troublesome at times at the Notch Point Free Camping ground so be sure to take plenty of insect repellent and relief for any bites.

Read more: Winning the War against Midges or Sand Flies

A drone view of the Notch Point Campground
A drone view of Notch Point Free Camping, Yarrawonga Park

Closest Fuel, Food and Bait

As there are no facilities at Notch Point Free Camp you will need to stock up on everything including water before you head into free camp especially if you are planning to stay the full 7 days.

The closest fuel, food and bait is available at the Ilbilbie Roadhouse back on the highway at Ilbilbie.

Can you take dogs to Notch Point?

Dogs are allowed when free camping at Notch Point Reserve in the Yarrawonga Park.

There are cattle roaming freely and there was this sign so probably best to keep your dog under control at all times.

Best to make sure your dogs remain safe and don’t wander on to the surrounding private property.

Notch Point

Beware of the cattle wandering through the camping ground with regards to your food as we witnessed a cheeky cow stealing a loaf of bread while the owners were away from their camp.

Ensure you do not leave any food out overnight or while your site is unattended.

We tried to stop the cow from stealing the food but it wasn’t having a bar of my attempts to dissuade it and I wasn’t going to argue with a big cow.

Cattle roam freely through the Notch Point Free Camping area

Access to the Notch Point Free Camping Ground

The road in from Ilbilbie is tight in some places and definitely requires a 4WD to access.

There is no way we would get our Motorhome in through some areas of the track which were filled with water, the soft sand in some other parts and finally a water crossing.

Also due to the narrow access, it is not suitable for big rigs. Some larger caravans will struggle with the some narrow sections.

Most caravans make it through to Notch Point but be aware the narrow tracks and overhanging branches may scratch the sides of your van.

Sadly for us, it is definitely not suitable for Motorhomes so we will look to take a tent and portable toilet so we can actually stay next time we come through the Central Queensland region.

Fortunately, we were able to check out Notch Point in the Triton while Darwinny stayed back at the Riverside RV Camping at Ilbilbie. This is why we travel in two vehicles – the Motorhome and the Triton.

View our video below for more information on how we travel with both vehicles:

There is a gate that you need to open to enter Notch Point Reserve, Yarrawonga Park but the gate must be immediately closed behind you as cattle freely roam the property.

In wet conditions the tracks can be slippery and hazardous.

Also there are some sections of the track that fill with water and a water crossing just before reaching the campground.

Therefore access to the Notch Point Free Camp is best at low tide.

Notch Point

Notch Point Free Camping – Booking Requirements

There is no need to book a site when free camping at Notch Point.

You’ll find no shortage of places to camp where you can enjoy absolute beachfront views with swaying palms and coconuts making it feel like you are on a tropical island.

To access the beachfront area in a caravan, head around to the left as you get to the hill. Do not go up and over the hill with a van, Adele found it scary just in the 4WD.

The maximum stay at Notch Point Reserve, Yarrawonga Park is 7 nights in any 21 day period.

The cost to stay is Free

We didn’t stay but the video was taken on 16th October 2020

Notch Point Free Camping

Contact Details for Notch Point Reserve

Phone: 1300 472 227
Website:
Email:
records@isaac.qld.gov.au 
Address: Notch Point Road, Notch Point

A drone view of Notch Point Free Camping ground

Directions to Notch Point Free Camping Area

Depending on which way you are travelling on the Bruce Highway/A1, turn right onto Greenhill Road if you are heading north or should you be heading south, turn left onto Greenhill Road.

After 4.4km turn right onto Notch Point Road. Continue along Notch Point Road for 7.7km past the Australian Prawn Farms before turning right at the sign.

Follow the dirt road and tracks. You will come to a gate, please close the gate behind you. Continue on the track through to the Notch Point Free Camping ground.

Check out our video on getting in to Notch Point:

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.

Notch Point Fishing

Notch Point is considered one of the best fishing spots on the coast in the Central Queensland region.  

You can fish off the beach, in the estuary as well as head out to the reef in a boat.

It’s a good spot for Mackeral, Queenies, Trevally if you have a boat or flathead, whiting and crabs from the shore as well as live bait.

Notch Point Crocodile Warning Signs

Are there crocodiles at Notch Point?

There are several Crocodile Warning Signs around the Notch Point Free Camping area.

A memorial has been set up under a tree for a 69 year old man who went missing on 16 December 2014.

It is feared to have been a crocodile attack after the man’s boat was found abandoned on the shore.

The boat trailer attached to the man’s vehicle with the engine running were also found at the boat ramp. Very sadly, the man has not been seen since launching his boat.

Please be aware of crocodiles, stingers and sharks in this area.

Notch Point Memorial
Notch Point Memorial

Things to see and do in the Notch Point Reserve Area

Cape Palmerston National Park

Cape Palmerston National Park is around an hour’s drive south of Mackay.

Like Notch Point, access to Cape Palmerston National Park is best by 4wd.

Cape Palmerston features rocky headlands, beautiful bushland and beaches that adjoin the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Mount Funnel, at 344 metres, is also a distinctive feature to the Cape Palmerston National Park.

The views of the ocean are magnificent, the on-shore and off-shore fishing is great and there are a number of bush walking tracks.

Camping at Cape Palmerston National Park

A permit is required to camp in the Cape Palmerston National Park and camping fees apply.

As at 1 July 2020, camping fees are $6.75 per person per night or $27.00 per night for a family of 2 Adults and up to 8 children under 18yrs. Children under 5 are free.

You will need to book a camping site and arrange your camping permit before you arrive.

Bookings can be made on-line via the Queensland Parks website; at a self-service kiosk or over the counter at a booking office. Alternatively, you can phone 13 74 68.

Sarina Sugar Shed
Adele practicing her cane cutting at the Sarina Sugar Shed 🙂

Sarina Sugar Shed

A tour of the Sarina Sugar Shed suits all ages. 

You will learn about the growing, harvesting and the process of crushing the sugar cane which is very interesting.

The tour goes for approx 1 hour and you will also have an opportunity to taste sugar in a number of different forms as well as sample some sweet treats.

Even the big kids like ourselves were delighted to sample the free fairy floss at the end of the tour.

The Sugar Shed is open 7 days from 9am – 4pm except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day and there are 4 tours each day starting at 9.30am with the last tour commencing at 2pm.

Read more: Mackay – Whitsundays region, so much to see and do

Sarina Sugar Shed
Big Cane Toad in Sarina

The Big Cane Toad

Sarina is approx 48kms north of Notch Point and is home to The Big Cane Toad.

The locals have called it Buffy due to Bufo Marinus being the scientific name for a cane toad.

Originally, The Big Cane Toad was made out of paper mache in 1983 for a float in a sugar festival. It was later cast in fibre glass and is now a feature in the main street of Sarina.

It’s one of the many big things that we have discovered on our travels around Australia.

Check out more: Big Things of Australia

Carmila Beach Camping
Camping at Carmila Beach

Carmila Beach

Just a half an hour’s drive south of Notch Point is Carmila Beach which has another great absolute beachfront camping ground.

Carmila Beach is another unspoiled piece of paradise but does have toilets, barbecues and picnic tables.

You can camp at Carmila Beach for up to maximum of 14 nights. Simply book using the Park Mobile website or App or call Isaac Council on 1300 472 227.

Read more about: Carmila Beach Campground

Also check out our video on how we almost bogged the Motorhome at Carmila Beach:

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Pin - Notch Point Free Camping

Other great places to stay in the region:

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
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Carnarvon Gorge Camping Qld

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Feature

Carnarvon Gorge in the central highlands of Queensland with its towering white sandstone cliffs is a magnificent place to visit and offers a number of different Carnarvon Gorge Camping experiences.

There are 4 Carnarvon Gorge Camping Accomodation options if you are looking to stay when visiting the stunning Carnarvon Gorge.

All offering slightly different experiences ranging from magnificent views to luxury glamping and a resort style setting as well as budget style bush camping.

  • Sandstone Park for magnificent 360 degree views
  • Wallaroo Outback Retreat if luxury is what you are looking for
  • Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness for resort style accommodation
  • Takarakka Bush Resort & Caravan Park for budget style bush camping
Carnarvon Gorge

About Carnarvon Gorge

The Carnarvon Gorge is located in the Carnarvon National Park in Central Western Qld.

Access is from the Carnarvon Highway between Roma and Emerald.

The stunning Gorge involves amazing White Sandstone cliffs, beautiful flowing water streams, incredible rock formations packed with so much wildlife and natural beauty.

It’s history with native Aborigine’s is obvious with so much artwork to see along several walking trails on offer.

Over 70,000 visitors make the trek to Carnarvon Gorge each year to experience the wonders of the stunning location.

Situated 722 kms driving distance from the States capital city of Brisbane it is a drive of over 8 hours.

Carnarvon Gorge is one of Central Qld’s most incredible attractions with spectacular walks past many natural formations.

Carnarvon Gorge

Camping in Carnarvon Gorge

There are several excellent camping options for whenever visiting Carnarvon Gorge.

From campgrounds high up with outstanding views to sites with power or those that are pet friendly.

You can also go camping near the entrance to the Gorge walks.

Some camping areas suits only tents whereas others suits Caravans, Motorhomes and Big Rigs.

There’s an option to suit everyone when Camping in Carnarvon Gorge and we’ve outlined the details for you below.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area

Open: Seasonal

Seasonal Carnarvon Gorge Camping is permitted between the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre and the Car Park only during the Easter, June-July and September Queensland School Holidays.

No camping is available during the December- January school holiday period or at any other time throughout the year.

Camping in this area is suitable for tents, off road campervans and camper trailers only.

With only 10 sites available they book out very quickly and some sites are small as they are suited to tents only.

Carnarvon Gorge Discovery Centre
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max Nights Stay: 5 Nights
  • Toilets: Yes – Drop Toilets and Flushing Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Potable Water: Water should be treated before drinking
  • Bins: No
  • Power: No. No generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Limited and not reliable

Contact Details:
Phone: 13 7468
Address: Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge Hike

Big Bend Camping Area

Open: All year round

To access the Big Bend Camping Area it is by foot only so you will need a suitable hiking back pack as you will be carrying all of your camping gear, clothing, food and water in with you on the 19.4km return walk.

Take the Carnarvon Gorge Main Walking Track from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitors Centre.

It is 9.7kms walk to the Big Bend Camping Area where you can camp right beside Carnarvon Creek with the stunning white sandstone cliffs as a beautiful backdrop.

Carnaron Gorge Walk
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max  Nights Stay: 2 nights
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: No. Treat any water collected from the creek
  • Bins: No. Be sure to take animal proof containers to store your rubbish while camping and take all rubbish out with you
  • Power: No. Generators are not permitted.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: No coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:  13 7468
Address: 19.4km return walk from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre by foot
Website:

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Views
Magnificent 360 degree views from Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Grounds in and near the Gorge

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Open: Easter School Holidays to September/October School Holidays

For breathtaking 360 degree views of the magnificent white sandstone cliffs of the surrounding ranges from every site, there is no better place to go camping in or near Carnarvon Gorge.

It truly is a spectacular location and is only a short 5 minute drive to the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

All sites are unpowered.

The exceptionally large sites are pull-through and suitable for tent camping,  swags, caravans, motorhomes, big rigs, campervans and camper trailers.

  • Cost: $28 per night
  • Max Nights Stay: No limit
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: No, unpowered sites only.  Generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: Yes – Sandstone Park is the only place to offer Carnarvon Gorge Pet Friendly accommodation. They also have Pet Sitting Service with Pet Kennels.
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Free Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: Yes. Each site has a fire pit
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes as well as other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4679
Address:  3858 Carnarvon Gorge Road, Carnarvon Park, Queensland
Website:

Read more about: Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Camping
Huge sites and wide open space at Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge along with breathtaking views

Takarakka Bush Resort & Caravan Park

Open: All year round

The Takarakka Bush Resort provides a variety of accommodation including Cabins, Studio and Cottage Style accommodation, Safari Tents as well as Caravan and Camping sites.

It has a well presented camp kitchen and bathroom amenities.

The Takarakka Bush Resort does not allow dogs, cats and domestic animals.

  • Cost: Powered $45 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $55 per night for 2 people Peak
    Unpowered $35 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $45 per night for 2 people in Peak
    Extra Adults $15pn Extra Children $5 per night and $6 per night in Peak season
  • Max  Nights Stay: N/A
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes and other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4535
Address: O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Open: Seasonal

Located in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge has undergone a major refurbishment and has re-opened in March 2021.

Set on 100 acres and looped by Carnarvon Creek, it offers an ultimate resort experience with 28 luxury Safari Cabins, information sessions, tours, entertainment and they have a superb fully licensed Wilderness Restaurant.

Serviced accommodation only. No camping options are available.

Pets are strictly prohibited.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4984 4503 or 1800 644 150
Address:  4043 O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Creek

Wallaroo Outback Retreat

If you are looking for luxury Carnarvon Gorge camping, Wallaroo Outback Retreat provides glamping at its best.

There are 10 fabulous glamping tents with attached or detached ensuites plus the Timber Lodge which has a fully equipped kitchen, two fireplaces and  6 individual bathrooms!

The retreat is nestled in the sandstone cliffs of the Carnarvon Ranges.

It is part of a 72,000 acre cattle property which is just over 70 minutes from Carnarvon Gorge.

Camping in your own tent, Caravan or Motorhome is not allowed.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4626 3746
Address: 252 The Basin Road, Injune, Queensland
Website:

Read about: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Carnarvon Gorge National Park

What can you do at Carnarvon Gorge?

Discover many spectacular things as you explore the stunning Carnarvon Gorge.

From the Caranarvon Gorge Visitors Centre it is a 9.7km along the Main Gorge Walking Track crossing over the Carnarvon Creek a number of times before reaching Big Bend where you can actually go camping right beside Carnarvon Creek.

From the Main Gorge Walking Track there are tracks to 4 ‘must see’ spectacular sites in the lower section of Carnarvon Gorge.

We took the Main Gorge Walking Track only as far as the Art Gallery and then made our way back stopping off at Wards Canyon, the Amphitheatre and Moss Garden as well as taking the Nature Trail on our first day.

Early in the morning the next day, Kev hiked up Boolimba Bluff with Olivia, the owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge.

We also checked out Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool which are both reasonably short walks from the Car Park.

Pick up or download and print out a copy of the Carnarvon Gorge Map.

Plan out what walks you would like to take depending on which walking tracks are suitable to you and carry your map with you so you know exactly which way you are heading at all times.

Remember to carry plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent with you.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Guidelines

Please ensure you adhere to the Queensland National Parks regulations when visiting and camping at the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge. Here are a number of the park guidelines:

  • Open Fires are not permitted
  • Collection of firewood is strictly prohibited
  • Use a fuel stove or gas barbecues at the Carnarvon Gorge Day Use Area
  • Do not feed animals or leave food for them
  • Do not disturb plants and animals
  • Domestic Animals are prohibited in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Rubbish Bins are not provided – take all rubbish with you including disposable nappies, sanitary products and cigarette butts
  • Cycling is not permitted on any of the walking tracks
  • Climbing and Abseiling is not permitted anywhere in the park
  • No Firearms or weapons are to be brought into the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Keep waterways free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, sunscreens as well as food scraps
  • Wash any cooking equipment at least 100m away from streams and lakes
  • Use toilets if available or ensure faecal matter and toilet paper are buried at least 15cm deep and well away from tracks, campsites and waterways

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

The Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks are all graded either a Grade 3 or Grade 4 Track with the exception of the Carnarvon Great Walk which is a Grade 5 Track.

Grade 3 Tracks require a reasonable level of fitness. You will be walking on a well defined track encountering gentle slopes, slight inclines and some steep sections.

There are creek crossings, ladders and steps where you will need to exercise caution. Good supportive footwear is required.

Grade 4 Tracks require a moderate level of fitness. Tracks may be overgrown in some areas and may encounter rocks and fallen trees.

You will need to exercise caution on creek crossings, around cliff edges and natural lookout areas. Ankle supportive footwear is strongly recommended.

Carnarvon Gorge Long Walks

Boolimba Bluff Views

Boolimba Bluff

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 6.4km – 3hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4 Track

Although there is a very steep climb for 300m which you need to be physically fit to encounter, the awesome views from the lookout at Boolimba Bluff are definitely worth the effort!

The views stretch to the distant ranges which are simply magnificent.

The Boolimba Bluff is the only lookout track in Carnarvon Gorge.

Carnarvon Gorge

View the below video of Kev and Olivia, owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge climbing Boolimba Bluff in Carnarvon Gorge: 


Carnarvon Gorge Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 10.8km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Art Gallery in Carnarvon Gorge is a signifcant Aboriginal Site full of amazing Aboriginal Art. It contains the best examples of stencil art in Australia.

Adorning the 62 metres of sandstone walls, there are over 2,000 freehand paintings, engraving and ochre stencils.

Art Gallery

Awesome Tree Ferns at Wards Canyon
Wards Canyon is home to the World’s Largest Fern – The King Fern

Wards Canyon

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 9.2km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Make your way into the shaded Wards Canyon for a great spot to cool down on your walk.

Wards Canyon is also home to the World’s Largest Fern, the King Fern. It is believed the King Fern has strong links to the ancient Gondwanan era.

As you walk up the short but steep track to the awesome Wards Canyon, you will first come to the lower falls before continuing up to the canyon itself where there is a little creek running beside the rock pathway.

Wards Canyon Carnarvon Gorge

Entrance to the Ampitheatre

Amphitheatre

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 8.6km – 3.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Amphitheatre is one of the most spectacular sites in Carnarvon Gorge.

As you make your way through a narrow opening in the gorge you step into a hidden little oasis.

Towering all around you are these extremely tall sandstone walls with a natural skylight opening at the top.

This magnificent 60m chamber was gouged out of the rock by running water.

Carnarvon Gorge Ampitheatre

Moss Garden Carnarvon Gorge

Moss Garden

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 7km – 2.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Water seaps from the sandstone constantly forming an evergreen carpet of moss on the rocks hence giving this area the apt name of the Moss Garden.

There is also a small waterfall that cascades over the rocky ledge into the pool below but the water was only trickling when we were there.

Moss Garden

Cathedral Cave

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.2kms – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

For thousands of years, the massive overhand at Cathedral Cave in Carnarvon Gorge provided shelter for the Aboriginals.

The rock art at Cathedral Cave is reflective of the rich Aboriginal culture and depicts the lives of those who once lived there.


Boowinda Gorge

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.4km – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Just 100m upstream from Cathedral Cave is Boowinda Gorge. It does involve rock hopping to get into this sculpted side gorge.

The most spectacular part of the gorge strewn with boulders is the first one kilometre.

We didn’t venture further than the Art Gallery to Cathedral Cave, Boowinda Gorge or Big Bend.


Big Bend

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 19.4kms – 7 to 8hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Beneath the sheer sandstone cliffs at the elbow of the gorge is a natural pool which is part of Carnarvon Creek.

Turtles and catfish inhabit the tranquil waters in these upper reaches of the Carnarvon Creek.

You can rest at Big Bend, have a picnic under the shade of spotted gums before commencing your return walk or you can camp here.

There is a picnic table and composting toilet.

Big Bend Carnarvon Gorge Camping is for a maximum of 2 nights.


Mickey Creek

Carnarvon Gorge Short Walks

Mickey Creek Gorge

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 3kms – 1.5hrs return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Wander along Mickey Creek into the narrow sided Mickey Creek Gorge.

The track is formed only for the first 1.5kms from the Mickey Creek Car Park. After that you will find yourself rock hopping.

The rocky sections of the track are slippery.

Also you will need to exercise caution on the creek crossings. Often you will see Swamp Wallabies resting in this area.


Carnarvon Gorge Rock Pool

The Rock Pool

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 600m – 30mins return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Rock Pool is the perfect place to cool off after your long walk exploring the gorge or it is a beautiful spot to just visit for a swim and a picnic.

The Rock Pool is the only designated swimming area in Carnarvon Gorge.

Swimming is not allowed in any other parts of Carnarvon Creek as suncreen, deodorant and insect repellent can affect the habitat of turtles, frogs and platypus.


Carnarvon Gorge Nature Walk

Nature Trail

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 1.5kms – 1hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Be sure to take a walk along the Nature Trail along the shaded banks of Carnarvon Creek.

You’ll see the amazing flora as well as turtles basking in the sun on the rocks.

Also you might be lucky enough to spot the elusive platypus unfortunately they eluded us on our visit.

It is believed that the best time to catch a glimpse of platpyus is at dawn and dusk.

Although the only time we have seen platypus in the wild was through the middle of day and afternoon at Eungella National Park.


Carnarvon Creek and white sandstone cliffs

Things to know about Carnarvon Gorge

When is the best time to visit and go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The Best time to visit Carnarvon Gorge and go camping at Carnarvon Gorge is in the months of April through to October.

During these months the rainfall is much lower plus it is much more pleasant to go camping and do the spectacular walks when it is cooler.

Access is severely restricted due to the high rain falls during the summer months from November to February.

Can you swim at Carnarvon Gorge?

The Rock Pool is the only are in Carnarvon Gorge that you are permitted to swim. It is a 10min walk from the Rock Pool Car park.

It’s the perfect place to cool off in the crisp waters of Carnarvon Creek.

Apart from The Rock Pool, Takarakka Bush Resort have their own little beach area.

Carnarvon Gorge

Do you need a 4WD to go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The road into Carnarvon Gorge except for the last 500m is now sealed.

There is bitumen road to the turnoff to all Carnarvon Gorge camping and accommodation sites as well as to Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

We had no problem accessing Sandstone Park and the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre Carpark in our 8m Winnebago Esperance Motorhome even during our 3 days of Carnarvon Gorge Camping back in June 2017.

Carnarvon Gorge Echidnas
Kev was literally just two feet away from this curious little fella

What animals can you find in Carnarvon Gorge?

We saw a number of kangaroos and wallabies grazing by the water’s edge as soon as we set out on our walk through Carnarvon Gorge.

You might be lucky enough to spot two other animals within the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, platypus and echidnas.

Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any platypus despite every endeavour but we were lucky enough to spy one or two echidnas foraging in the bushes as well as a koala along our walk.

There are also 180 species of birds, 90 species of reptiles and 22 different species of frogs known to inhabit the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Kangaroo at Carnarvon Creek

How old is Carnarvon Gorge?

The power of water and time has been monumental in the making of the magnificent landscape in Carnarvon Gorge.

It has been over 200,000,000 years in the making!

Carnarvon Gorge

How far is Carnarvon Gorge from Brisbane?

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area is approx 720kms from Brisbane.

The closest town to Carnarvon Gorge is Injune which is around 95km away.

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Cleaning your Solar Panels – Indefinite Leave

cleaning the solar panels-

If you are road tripping Australia it’s very likely you have a Power source setup that includes Solar Panels and more importantly it is good to know the benefits of cleaning your Solar Panels.

Before we ventured off on our trip my electrician mate gave me the wise words of “make sure you keep the solar panels clean”. He explained this will ensure maximum efficiency.

Kev up on the roof cleaning solar panels

Our process for cleaning solar panels

Today we show you how I go about cleaning our panels.

We have 3 panels on the roof of our Motorhome and they get cleaned on a regular basis.

You’ll need access to your roof, a chamois or sponge, water (warm is good) and a cloth or something to wipe it dry, is good too.

Since doing this video we have implemented our new C-TEK battery management system and got it working and now we generate a lot more power than we were on this day.

Cleaning solar panels with a broom
Cleaning solar panels with a broom

Keep your solar panels clean and you will enjoy a lot more efficiency from your solar system.

How often should you clean your solar panels on your Caravan or Motorhome?

Generally it is recommended that you should be manually cleaning your solar panels on your Caravan or Motorhome every six months.

Certainly rain will wash away dust and some of the dirt but for maximum efficiency of your panels you really need to remove any dirt or residue yourself.

How often are you cleaning your Solar Panels?

Hope you enjoy the video.

5 Essentials – Ryobi Tools for Traveling

  1. A chainsaw certainly is an essential tool while traveling especially when camping and 4WDing. Perfect for cutting up wood for the campfire and ideal for clearing tracks of fallen branches when 4WDing. I really like the Ryobi Chainsaw and will be looking to buy one very soon to match all of my other Ryobi tools.
  2. The Ryobi Cordless Hand Vacuum has been super handy for the motorhome while traveling and now it is also great to use in our 4WD.
  3. Even prior to traveling, I have always used a Ryobi Cordless Drill. They are an essential tool for use at home and while on the road.
  4. We have had heaps of use from our Ryobi 18v Area Light. It’s great for fishing, camping and outdoor entertaining and even when we want to save power at night while free camping. Just charge it up the next day when you have solar.
  5. There are so many uses for our Ryobi Blower while traveling. Blowing the leaves off the top of the slideout before bringing it in, accelerating the campfire, clearing away any dirt, grass or sand from around your campsite.

Other Useful Travel Tips

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How do you go about cleaning your solar panels on your caravan or motorhome? Tell us what method you use for cleaning your solar panels.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Big Things of Australia

The Big Things of Australia

Australia likes to build things big. The number of Big Things in Australia is rather BIG, pardon the pun 🙂

All around the country it seems each town has to have something oversized. It’s an easy way for them to be identified and remembered and provide something of interest.

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