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Rapid Bay Campground, Rapid Bay South Australia

Rapid Bay Campground

Rapid Bay Campground is another of these fabulous locations not to be missed. This is our second favourite campground in Australia for us.

Located in the Fleurieu Peninsula it is an hour and a half south of Adelaide. It sits between 2 hills and has a beautiful beach and a big jetty.

Also it’s a well known and very popular dive site due to being able to see the rare Leafy Sea Dragons.

Rapid Bay

Rapid Bay Campground Facilities

The Rapid Bay Campground provides toilets, BBQ’s and drinking water.

The water taps when we were there had an old sign saying it wasn’t for drinking however we found out the water arrives by truck from Adelaide and is transferred into the tanks servicing the campground.

We saw the trucks ourselves and therefore the drinking water at Rapid Bay Campground is the same they drink in the city of Adelaide.

We used the water directly from the taps with no issue as did others all around us.

The sunsets from the Rapid Bay Campground can be truly spectacular, especially looking back towards the Jetties.

Are pets allowed at the Rapid Bay Campground?

The Rapid Bay Campground is pet friendly and we had our Golden Retriever MACKS with us during our stays.

We had good Telstra coverage but no Vodafone.

There is plenty of room, even for big rigs but it does get very busy especially on long weekends and holidays.

5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

A good Tent or Swag is the first decision for going camping. We like the Coleman Tent from Tentworld or the Wanderer 7 Man Tent from BCF. For a Swag, we were so close to buying the Kings Double Swag from 4WD Supacentre.

We like our BCF Wanderers Camping Chair which gets a lot of use as we travel Australia.

No more lugging around a huge BBQ and gas bottle now that we have a brilliant Gasmate Dual Burner Butane Cooktop from Tentworld

A good Portable Fridge Freezer we have found to keep the beers cold and steaks frozen are the Kings 70 L Fridge Freezer in the budget range, the Waeco 75L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer or the ever popular and long lasting Engel 75L Fridge Freezer.

A good quality Hand Held UHF is ideal and I like this Uniden UH750 5 watt UHF for long range and quality. The 5 watt range will give you maximum distance, especially if you need help!

Rapid Bay sunset

Things to see and do in and around Rapid Bay

Rapid Bay Jetty

There are two jetties at Rapid Bay, one in a state of disrepair and one operational jetty.

The original Jetty was built at Rapid Bay to load ore and was shaped in a ‘T’ extending out 490metres and 200metres across the end.

It was severely damaged in a storm in 2004 and after being closed over a number of stages, it has been permanently closed for safety reasons.

In 2009, the new 240metre jetty was constructed and is very popular for fishing. It also has stairs at the end providing access for snorkelers and divers.

Rapid Bay Cave

Be sure to walk along the Rapid Bay Beach and check out the large cave at end of the beach.

Yankalilla

Yankalilla is a scenic 30 minute drive away and is perfect for grocery shopping, a bakery, a laundromat and any other requirements. There is also a dump point in town.

Kangaroo Island

Rapid Bay is the perfect place to stay before leaving for Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is a magical place to visit. Be sure to spend quite a number of days on KI with Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Kangaroo Island Wineries, Kangaroo Island Spirits and Kangaroo Island Brewery just some of the must sees.

Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis is the exit point from the mainland to KI and is only a 20 minute easy drive south from the Rapid Bay Campground.

Read more: How Much does it cost to travel to Kangaroo Island

Rapid Bay Campground

The cost to stay at the Rapid Bay Campground is $7 per person.
*Cost to stay is now (April 2020) $9 per adult and $4.50 per child 5 and older.
*Update December 2020: Cost to stay is now $12.50 per adult & 7.50 per child aged 8-17yrs with a peak rate for long weekends of $15 per adult and $7.50 per child. There is a $10 per person bond that needs to be also paid. Payment is still cash only on arrival due to the poor internet service at Rapid Bay.

Do you need to book the Rapid Bay Campground?

Rapid Bay Campground Sites must now be pre-booked by phoning (08) 8598 3003 or Reena 0418 833 653 or Wayne 0478 117 661 or Kym 0408 118 851.

This Campground is a ripper, don’t miss the video and make sure you put it on your must see places to stay.

Our stay was 28-29th March, 11-18th April 2017 and 29-30th April 2017.

Read more about: our favourite Low Cost Campgrounds around Oz

Rapid Bay Campground is pet friendly

How to get to the Rapid Bay Campground?

Follow the B23 Highway from Adelaide all the way along Main S Road to the Rapid Bay Rd turnoff on the right heading south, just before the township of Delamare.

How far is Rapid Bay from Adelaide?

Rapid Bay is 100kms and approximately a 90 minute drive south from Adelaide in South Australia.

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Rapid Bay Campground

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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. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

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.to/3eCueUo 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 7 Hero Black – http://ebay.us/PH711r  –  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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Cape Hillsborough Camping by the Beach

Cape Hillsborough Camping Feature

Cape Hillsborough Camping is an awesome experience with a number of different locations all offering camping by the Beach.

Within just a 35 – 40 minute drive from Mackay in North Queensland you could be stepping on any one of 4 beaches below.

All of these beach locations in and around Cape Hillsborough National Park have a campground where they offer camping right alongside the beach or overlooking the beach.

  • Smalleys Beach
  • Seaforth
  • Ball Bay
  • Halliday Bay

The most magical experience of Cape Hillsborough Camping is seeing the roos at sunrise.

It is definitely worth getting up early and heading to the beach at Cape Hillsborough to not only see the roos on the beach but to see the stunning sunrise backdrop.

Camping by the beach around Cape Hillsborough offers a quiet and relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of town for holiday makers and for travellers just wanting to take a break.

Relaxing on the beach, swimming and fishing are all on offer at these quiet seaside Cape Hillsborough camping spots.

You can do as much or as little as you please.

Cape Hillsborough Camping prices range from $13.50 for 2 people per night to $45 per night for 2 Adults.

Smalleys Beach

Smalleys Beach Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
40 minute drive – 48.8kms

What Facilities are available at the Smalleys Beach Campground?
There are toilets which are reportedly clean but no showers.

Drinking water is available and all sites are unpowered as you would expect in a National Park Campground.

Sites are quite private and well marked with some semi-shaded by trees. A few sites are large but access to some are a little tight for bigger rigs.

The Smalleys Beach Campground is right alongside Smalleys Beach, some sites with ocean views and each site with a track to the beach.

Access is via a 4km stretch of gravel road and is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

Generators and chainsaws are not allowed.

Mosquitos and Midges can be an issue at times therefore be sure to bring along insect repellent.

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person, per night and $27 for families

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – Domestic animals are not permitted as it is National Park.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No however you are allowed off-ground fire containers.

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Phone coverage is poor

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
Smalleys Beach Road, Cape Hillsborough
Website:

Read more about: Winning the War against Midges or Sand Flies

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Seaforth

Seaforth Camping Reserve

How far is it from Mackay?
35 minute drive – 44.9kms

What Facilities are available at the Seaforth Camping Grounds?
There are toilets and coin operated showers are old but clean. Drinking water, barbecues, playground and a Camp Kitchen are all available.

All sites are unpowered but generators of 2kva and below are allowed during the hours of 7am – 7pm.

This seaside camping reserve offers big grassy sites with great ocean breezes. It is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

There is a Dump Point at the Seaforth Camping Reserve.

When parking your caravan or motorhome along the front sites, you are required to have the back of your van or motorhome facing the water.

Seaforth Swimming Enclosure

The Seaforth Camping Reserve is just a 20 metre walk to the beach where there is a stinger free swimming enclosure. with ocean views and each site with a track to the beach.

Mosquitos and Midges can be an issue at times therefore be sure to bring along insect repellant.

How much does it cost?
$ 27 per night or $156 per week. Additional person $15 per night
Bookings can be made by phoning 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 and Eftpos is available at the Seaforth Booking Office

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
There is a allocated dog area with 26 allocated sites for people travelling with pets. Please declare your pet at time of booking and ensure dogs are on a leash at all times

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Yes and other mobile providers

Contact Details:
Phone:
0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359
Address:
Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaford, Queensland
Website:

Seaforth

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Ball Bay Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
39 minute drive – 48kms

What Facilities are available at the Ball Bay Camping Area
The Ball Bay Camping Area facilities include toilets, cold beach showers and wood barbecues.

Drinking water is available and there is hot water in the Camp Kitchen.

All sites of the small secluded beachfront campground are unpowered and pre-booking is not available. Sites are grassed and suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

Bushwalking
Bushwalking in the Cape Hillsborough National Park

The Campground offers close proximity to the Cape Hillsborough National Park Walking tracks.  During the summer months you may witness flatback turtles hatching in the early hours.

Generators are not allowed.

How much does it cost?
$15 per night as of March 2021 (Previously $27 per night)
Council attendants visit daily to collect camping fees. Cash only

Maximum Stay:
7 Day Limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – pets are not permitted

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
No coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4959 0695
Address: 
Cnr Coconut Grove & Ward Esplanade, Ball Bay, Queensland
Website:

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Cape Hillsborough Lookout
Breathtaking views from Twin Beach Lookout in the Cape Hillsborough National Park

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Halliday Bay

Halliday Bay Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
41 minute drive – 48.9kms

What Facilities are available?
The Halliday Bay Resort Golf Course & RV Park offers another great Cape Hillsborough Camping Area close to the beach.

It is available for fully self-contained Caravans and Motorhomes only. No tents allowed.

Facilities include toilets but no showers. Drinking water is available and there is a Dump Point as well.

Powered sites and unpowered sites are available at the waterfront Halliday Bay Camping Area. There is a netted swimming enclosure.

Play a game of golf on the international designed golf course, enjoy a drink or meal at the Captain’s Bar and Restaurant. Sit down bistro meals or takeaway meals and light snacks are available.

Gas refills are available from the Halliday Beach Resort.

How much does it cost?
$35 per night for power and water
$22 for unpowered

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Yes and other mobile phone coverage

Contact Details:
Phone: 
0402 228 295
Address:
Headland Drive, Halliday Bay, Queensland
Website:

Halliday Bay

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Cape Hillsborough Beach

Cape Hillsborough Camping

The most famous location for camping is at Cape Hillsborough itself.

At the Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park you can either camp in their campground on the lower level right on the beach or stay in the upper level of the park with the comforts of power and water.

We have stayed there 3 times now in the last 5 years and it has the special advantage of the roos at sunrise on the beach right on the doorstep of the Caravan Park.

How far is it from Mackay?
40 minute drive – 48.6kms

What Facilities are available?
Facilities include three Amenities Blocks one on the lower campground level and two on the main level.

There’s a great Swimming Pool with 2 slides, a Licensed Bar as well as a Cafe serving a delicious lunch menu and takeaway meals on Friday and Saturday nights .

Other general facilities include Laundry, Playground, Barbecues, Camp Kitchen and TV Games Room. Fun activities also available including Mini Putt Putt, Dyno Karts and Outdoor Movies.

Roaming roos

A Dump Point is available on site. Wallabies and kangaroos roam freely around the park.

Mosquitos and Midges can be an issue at times therefore be sure to bring along insect repellant.

How much does it cost?
$45 – Powered Site
$40 – Unpowered Site

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – Domestic animals are not permitted as it is National Park.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
We were able to get Telstra coverage from our campsite during our last visit in late 2020

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4959 0152
Address:
51 Risley Parade, Cape Hillsborough, Queensland
Website:

Read more about: Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park

Cape Hillsborough Beach

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 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

  1. Reefsleep in the Whitsundays is an amazing adventure. Spend the night on a pontoon sleeping in a swag on Hardy’s Reef in the Great Barrier Reef
  2. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is a truly fun day out. They took us to the best snorkeling places and the entire day was amazing
  3. For the best Full Day Island tour in Cairns we recommend the Fitzroy Island tour
  4. The Humpback Whale Swim in Exmouth remains one of our ultimate highlights of our time around Australia. We highly recommend doing this tour
  5. If you are on the East Coast, you can swim with Humpback Whales on the Sunshine Coast. The tour leaves from Mooloolaba
  6. Swimming with Whale Sharks at Exmouth is also extremely popular and a great day out with the team from Eco Adventures on Lattitude 22
  7. One of Tasmania’s best tours is the Tasman Island Cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys out of Port Arthur. Three hours of cruising the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoying an up close look at hundreds of seals as well as dolphins and birdlife.
Cape Hillsborough Roos

Things to do while Camping in the Cape Hillsborough Area

Roos at Sunrise

When camping at Cape Hillsborough, one thing that you certainly must not miss is to see the roos at sunrise.

It truly is a magical experience and the photo opportunities of the roos at sunrise are amazing.

The roos have for a long time headed down to the beach at Cape Hillsborough just as the sun is rising to feed off the mangrove pods.

In recent years, you will see one of the rangers laying out small mats for the kangaroos and wallabies to feed on special pellets.

Adele with roo at sunrise
Adele with one of the roos deciding to get up close and personal to her on the beach at Cape Hillsborough

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Discover secret Rockpools around Cape Hillsborough

Discover the beautiful rockpools hidden in the rocks on Wedge Island which can be accessed from southern the end of the Cape Hillsborough Beach, but only at low tide.

They are tucked away on the opposite side of the island that is rocky and takes a bit of rockhopping to find them. Kev made it to this one on his own as Adele didn’t make it all of the way over the loose rocks.

If you are the adventurous kind, you will love these hidden rockpool gems. Just pop on your rock shoes and hop on over!

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Walk over to Wedge Island at Low Tide

It is awesome to take advantage of the low tide and walk over to Wedge Island. Head over from the southern end of the beach at Cape Hillsborough.

Walk across with your fishing rods as the fishing out from Wedge Island is very good with Mangrove Jack, Barramundi, Salmon, Flathead and Whiting among the fish you can hook onto.

On the eastern side of Wedge Island you can cast a lure for Reef fish as well.

The view looking back over to Cape Hillsborough from Wedge Island is awesome.

Be sure to allow enough time to be able to walk back across the natural pathway to the mainland, you don’t won’t to be left stranded on the island. It’s a long wait between tides!

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Cape Hillsborough

Explore the Cape Hillsborough National Park

At the southern end of the Cape Hillsborough Headland and  on the edge of the Cape Hillsborough Tourist Park is the Andrews Point Walking Track.

This popular track in the Cape Hillsborough National Park takes you up to a number of lookouts with magnificent views.

One of the lookout platforms provides breathtaking views looking back over the Cape Hillsborough Beach and across to Wedge Island with another looking down on the turtles below.

It is a somewhat steep climb up for the first part of the walk but it is worth the effort.

Once you reach the lookouts it is a fairly flat easy track that meanders across the top of the headland before it takes you back down to the beach.

Turtle Lookout Cape Hillsborough NP

You can wander back along the beach as long as the tide is low which will shorten your walk and also means you won’t have to retrace your steps along the same track to the original starting point.

We have enjoyed walking the Andrews Point Track two out of our three times we have camped at Cape Hillsborough. On our first visit we endured 100m of rain overnight so bushwalking was not an option.

Other bushwalking tracks in the Cape Hillsborough National Park include:

  • Beachcomber Cove Track
  • The Diversity Boardwalk
  • Yuibera Plant Trail

For more information on these three walks check out the Queensland Parks website.

Cape Hillsborough National Park
Cape Hillsborough Bushwalk

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Visit the Old Station Teahouse

The award winning Old Station Teahouse at Cape Hillsborough offers a range of delicious homemade goodies including cakes, scones. brownies and desserts and a great place to pop into when you are camping at any of the Cape Hillsborough Camping spots.

The Teahouse came about back around 1904 when a permanent railway station was built in the township of Marian with the station serving the community well for 90 years.

In 1994 the new owners had 4 weeks to transfer the beautiful old building to where it is in Cape Hillsborough and has continued to thrive for the last 27 years.

The Old Station Teahouse is open Thursdays to Sundays from 9am – 3pm.

Phone:  07 4959 0528
Address:  231 Cape Hillsborough Road, Cape Hillsborough, Queensland

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The Leap Hotel Statue

Drop into The Leap Hotel for lunch or a drink

The Leap Hotel is steeped with history and is a great place to stop off for a drink or lunch as we did on the way to your favourite Cape Hillsborough Camping spot.

Learn about the legend of Kowaha. A huge monument depicting the event stands at the front of The Leap Hotel.

Phone:  07 4954 0993
Address:  954 Bruce Hwy, The Leap, Queensland

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

The Leap Hotel

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How to get to Cape Hillsborough National Park

Head out from Mackay along the Bruce Highway for 20km before turning right onto Seaforth Road.

Then travel for another 20kms and take a right turn onto Cape Hillsborough Road.

Coming from Proserpine, travel south along the Bruce Highway for 104kms. Turn left onto Seaforth Road.

After following Seaforth Road for 20kms, turn right into Cape Hillsborough Road.

Other great places to stay in the region:

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Have you been camping at any of these beachside campgrounds around Cape Hillsborough? Tell us about your Cape Hillsborough Camping experience.

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 – 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.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

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.to/3eCueUo 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 7 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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10 Top Things to Do in Longreach

Longreach Feature Image

The Queensland Outback is an amazing place to visit and there are so many interesting and different things to do in Longreach Qld.

From the only stagecoach gallop in Queensland to walking out on the wing of a 747 jet aeroplane, while it is firmly on the ground of course!

We found that you definitely need at least 4 to 5 days to cover the many things to do in Longreach.

Longreach Accommodation includes free camping, low cost campgrounds and caravan parks depending on your needs and budget.

Brisbane to :Longreach

Top 3 Must See & Do Things in Longreach

  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre
  • Qantas Founders Museum
  • Outback Pioneers – Kinnon & Co Experiences
Things to do in Longreach ASHOF

The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre

A visit to Longreach is not complete without visiting the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre. The extremely popular Queensland Outback Museum has re-opened in April 2021 after a $15 million makeover.

It now features an interactive “choose your own” adventure experience. Check out more about the huge revamp here

Choose from the Stockman’s Experience Tour which includes the Live Show, Entry to the Museum and all Galleries as well as the new Cinematic Experience or just the Museum & Gallery Entry only.

The Stockman’s Live Show runs Saturdays to Thursdays at 11am and 2pm.

Opening Hours for entry to the Museum and Galleries at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame are 8am – 4pm, 7 days a week.

Phone:  07 4658 2166
Address: Landsborough Highway, Longreach, Queensland

747 & Darwinny

Qantas Founders Museum

Another one of the top attractions and ‘must see’ things to do in Longreach is the Qantas Founders Museum.

There are 5 Qantas Founders Museum Tours & Experiences available:

  • Museum Entry
  • Airpark Tour which includes Museum Entry
  • 747 Wing Walk
  • Platinum Package which includes Museum Entry, Airpark Tour with access to 707 Private Rooms, Wing Walk and a meal in the McGuiness’ Restaurant
  • Luminescent Longreach – Light and Sound Show

The Museum is open from 9am – 4pm every day except Christmas Day.

Qantas Hanger

Airport Tour times are 9.30am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm and 9.30am and 12.30pm during the months of November through to March.

Wing Walk Tour times are 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. During the months of November to March, there are just the two tours each day at 11.00am and 2.00pm.

The 747 Wing Walk does not include entry into the Museum.

Luminescent Light Show – Click here for times as they vary in Summer and Winter

Since our visit, they have built a roof over the museum’s aeroplane enclosure to protect the iconic aircraft from the fierce Western Queensland sun.

As part of the $14.3 million project, they have also added the state of the art light and sound show.

Phone: 07 4658 3737
Address: 1 Sir Hudson Fysh Drive Longreach, Queensland

Outback Pioneers

Outback Pioneers – Kinnon & Co Experiences

The Kinnon Family are true Outback Pioneers when it comes to fabulous outback experiences in Queensland.

We did two of their awesome tours and they are definitely among our favourite things to do in Longreach:

  • Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience
  • Thomson River Cruise Experience
  • Nogo Station Experience

They have a number of different accommodation options, The Station Store and The Welcome Home Restaurant and Booking Office where you can book not only your Outback Pioneers Experiences but other also the other attractions in Longreach.

Phone:  07 4658 1776
Address:  126 – 128 Eagle Street, Longreach, Queensland

Read more: Our Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia

Stockmans Live Show

Our List of 10 Top Things to Do in Longreach

1. Do the complete Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame – Stockman’s Experience Tour

The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is truly one of the top tourist attractions in Longreach.

We wanted to experience everything as we were not sure when we would get the chance to return so it was inevitable that we would do the complete package tour that was on offer.

We enjoyed the live show as well as entry into the amazing museum and galleries.

The Stockman’s Experience Tour includes:

  • A Stockman’s Life -Live Show
  • Entry to the Museum and all Galleries
  • Audio and Video Guided Tour
  • “Hugh” Bronze Sculpture Walk and Eternal Muster Wall
  • Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery
  • Story of the Australian Stockman – new Cinematic Experience

Cost of the tour is:
$68 for Adults
$61.50 for Concession Holders
$40 for Children 5 – 12 years (Children under 5 are free) and
$198 for a Family of 2 Adults and 2 Children.

Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery

2. Check out the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Museum & Galleries

If you choose not to do the Stockman’s Experience Tour, it certainly is a must to check out the interactive museum and galleries of the fabulous Stockman’s Hall of Fame, especially now it has undergone a $15 million upgrade.

We thoroughly enjoyed wandering through the exhibits and displays when we visited. You do need to allow yourself a couple of hours to make your way around all of the exhibits and interactive displays.

Entry Fees for the museum and galleries (excluding the Live Show and Cinematic Experience) are:

$35 for Adults
$31.50 for Concession
$20 for Children 5 – 12 years (Children under 5 are free) or
$100 for a Family of 2 Adults and 2 Children.

The Museum & Galleries are open all year around excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day & ANZAC Day.

Things to do in Longreach ASHOF
The suspended Queen Air RFDS aircraft was the main feature at one end of the domed Hall of Fame at the time of our visit

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Airport Park

3. Go Behind the Scenes of Qantas Jets on The Airpark Tour

If you have ever flown in a jet plane, you will find going behind the scenes and entering the different areas of the Qantas jets plus learning the secrets and history of these aircrafts fascinating.

We certainly did!

The Airpark tour which goes for approx 1.5 hours provides a walk through of the Boeing 747, Boeing 707 and Super Constellation and it also includes entry to the Qantas Founders Museum.

It’s only here in Longreach and one other place that you can have your photograph taken inside the engine of a 747!

Another one of those once in a lifetime opportunities that we were thrilled to have experienced.

There are only four 707’s left in existence. John Travola owns one and there are two parked side by side in the Airpark at the Qantas Founders Museum.

Qantas Founders Museum - Just one of the things to do in Longreach

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4. Experience the thrill of the 747 Wing Walk

The 747 Wing Walk Tour takes you to exclusive places in the aircraft that are not included in the Airpark tour like the flight deck where you actually get to sit in the Pilot’s seat!

We took the opportunity to do the exclusive 747 Wing Walk tour during our visit to Longreach as for us it was a once in a lifetime experience.

Not only do you have the thrill of walking out on the wing of a giant Boeing 747 (thankfully the plane is not in the air at the time but you are still harnessed lol), you also are taken through the restricted areas of the jet plane as well which is extremely interesting!

Plus, with the exclusive entry to the Flight Deck, it was great to have photos taken as you momentarily act the part of Pilots and Co-Pilots.

Things to do in Longreach - Flightdeck of 747

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Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience - Things to do in Longreach

5. Take an exhilerating ride on the Cobb & Co Stagecoach

Experience the only stagecoach gallop in Australia!

It is a once in a lifetime experience and one that is definitely not to be missed when visiting Longreach.

Not only do you ride in the restored Cobb & Co stagecoach through the main street of Longreach you also follow a stretch of the original Longreach – Windorah mail run where you get a gallop up along the old dirt track!

Also included in this amazing 4 hour tour is a traditional Aussie Morning Tea, a classic Australian movie in the retro cinema with canvas seats and the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show, a tribute to the old time travelling shows.

Bookings are essential and run from 8.30am Mondays to Fridays.

Tour Season is from the end of March to the end of October.

Kinnon Family

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Thomson River Cruise

6. Enjoy a Thomson River Sunset Cruise and Stockman’s Campfire Dinner

Kinnon & Co, the true outback pioneers certainly know how to provide unique experiences for people holidaying in Longreach or for people like us who are travelling all around Australia wanting to see and experience everything our spectacular country has to offer.

The Starlight Cruise Experience is another exceptional thing to do in Longreach. Whilst aboard either the original paddlewheeler or Thomson Princess Riverboat you are served nibbles while Drinks are BYO.

A sensational sunset cruise along the majestic Thomson River is followed by a traditional stockman’s campfire dinner with some added fun and entertainment from the Kinnon Family and the awesome barefoot poet.

Following dinner and the entertainment you will also then be treated to The Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show as well as billy tea and damper to finish off the night.

Coach pick up is included.

The Starlight cruise operates Monday to Saturday however during April, May, September and October the cruise runs on alternate days. Bookings are essential.

Tour season runs from the end of March to the end of October.

Thomson River Cruise - Things to do in Longreach

7. Wander through the Longreach Powerhouse Museum

The Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum is Australia’s largest preserved rural generating facility. The Museum displays how electricity was generated, maintained and distributed throughout the shire.

The Power House was erected in Longreach and electricity was introduced to the town in 1921.

Also there are displays exhibiting the early history of Longreach, the1921 Swimming Baths and the Nogo Cottage which depicts family life in the west from 1935 to 1955.

A number of other displays of agriculture and road maintenance machinery along with a collection of commercial office equipment from 1908 – 1950 are also available.

Guided Tours of the Powerhouse Museum operate on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10.15am to 11.30am.

Bookings are required and can be made at the Longreach Visitor Information Centre or by calling 07 4658 4150.

8. Check out the historic Longreach Railway Station

The Longreach Railway Station is the terminus for Queensland Rail’s ‘Spirit of the Outback’.

The Spirit of the Outback runs from Brisbane to Longreach and takes 26 hours to complete the journey of 1325kms. Brisbane one day, Longreach the next!

This historic old timber railway station built in 1916 still prominently stands on the Capricorn Highway today.

It is just over 2kms to the Qantas Founders Museum and 2.6 kms to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame from the Longreach Railway Station.

Longreach Railway Station

9. Soak in the warm waters of the Ilfracombe Artesian Spa

Just 20 mins out of Longreach is the little town of Ilfracombe where you can soak in the hot mineral waters of an Artesian Spa.

The Ilfracombe Memorial Park is home to the local swimming pool and the artesian spa bath. You can alternate between the hot water of the artesian spa to the cold water of the 20metre pool.

Opening hours are from 3.30pm – 6.30pm Monday to Saturday plus 9am – 12noon and  3.30pm – 6.30pm on Sundays.

Ilfracombe Artesian Pools

10. Explore the Ilfracombe Machinery Mile & Heritage Museum

As you drive into Ilfracombe from Longreach you can’t miss the Great Machinery Mile!

There is literally a mile of old machinery including tractors, dozers, excavators, graders, light trucks and a tank.

The open air Ilfracombe Machinery Mile & Heritage Museum is free to wander through and there is a donation box if you would like to donate to keep the museum operating.

Almost everything on display has been collected within 100 miles of Ilfracombe, some items are extremely rare.

The 1917 Ruston Proctor Tractor is one of only three of this model left in the world.

A Steam Devil Excavator which was made in 1880 is also on display and it is the only remaining one of its kind.

Things to do in Longreach Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it

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Things to know about Longreach

How far is Longreach from Brisbane?

By road, the distance from Brisbane to Longreach is just under 1179 kms therefore it takes around 13 hours 6 minutes to drive between the two.

Brisbane to Longreaach

What is Longreach known for?

Longreach is known as the heart of outback Queensland.

Longreach is also known for being the home of the renowned Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.

This fabulous centre was built to showcase the history and heritage of outback Australia. It also pays tribute to the pioneers of Australia and the Australian Stockmen who showed great bravery and courage.

Millions of people have visited the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame since it’s opening.

Since our visit, the museum and galleries have just undergone a massive redevelopment and the new look centre with new entry, cafe, interactive welcome wall, revitalised billabong, refurbished cinema screen and production along with new interative exhibits are now all open from April 2021.

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When did the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame open?

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame on 29th April, 1988.

When did the Qantas Founders Museum open?

In June 1996, the $1.3m Stage 1 the Governor General of Australia opened the Qantas Founders Museum in the now National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar at Longreach.

Stage 2 which included four galleries, the main exhibition hall and the restaurant opened in March 2002.

Most recently in 2020, the Airpark Roof has been constructed to protect the iconic aircraft from the extreme heat of the Queensland sun and a state of the art Light & Sound Show has also been installed, both part of the latest $14.3 million project.

How did Longreach get its name?

The town of Longreach was given its name because of the long reach of the Thomson River which flows close to town.

Longreach is the largest town in Central Queensland.

Thomson River

Why is Longreach temperature so hot?

The Tropic of Capricorn runs directly through the centre of Longreach. Longreach is just one of 13 places in Australia in which the Tropic of Capricorn passes through.

Check out the unique marker which points to the Torrid Zone to the north and the Temperature Zone to the south.

Longreach is in the Top 20 hottest towns in Queensland across an entire year and is the 5th hottest Queensland town in February.

Tropic of Capricorn

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Apex Riverside Park

Located just 5kms from town, the Apex Riverside Park is an extremely affordable base for all of the awesome things to do in Longreach.

This is where we stayed for 4 nights during our time in Longreach.

Cost is $5 per vehicle per night or $27 per week. Simply pay at the Visitor Information Centre or place money in the honesty box on site.

It is a very basic camping area however it has a covered BBQ area as well as male and female toilets. There are hot showers available at the CWA building in QANTAS Park.

Potable water is available in town from the Caravan Day Parking area in Kite Street.

The maximum stay was 4 nights at the time of our stay which allowed us time for all of the things to do in Longreach and nearby Ilfracombe.

Address: Lot 206 Landsborough Hwy, Longreach

Read more: Apex Riverside Park, Longreach

Apex Riverside Park

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Longreach Waterhole Camping Area

Longreach Free Camping

Longreach Waterhole Camping Area

Approx 30 kms north of Longreach on the road heading to Winton is the Longreach Waterhole Camping Area right alongside the Darr River and it’s free.

There are no facilities except for bins at the entrance.

It is accessible and suitable for all types of camping including tents, caravans, motorhomes and campers in dry conditions.

You can also have a fire plus there is reasonably good Telstra coverage.

Read more: Longreach Waterhole, Longreach

Longreach Waterhole

Caravan Parks in Longreach Qld and nearby Ilfracombe

Longreach Caravan Park

The Longreach Caravan Park is located just 1.5 km from the very heart of town so it is within walking distance.

It is a small older caravan park. They have powered and unpowered sites with plenty of mature trees providing part shade as well as cabins. Amenities are a little outdated but are clean.

Phone:  07 4658 1770
Address:  176-180 Ibis St, Longreach, Queenland

Longreach Tourist Park

The Longreach Tourist Park is located just a 2 minute drive from town and 2 mins from the Qantas Founders Museum.

The Park offers large sites for caravaning and camping and also self-contained accommodation.

This includes double bedroon airconditioned villas, self-contained cabins as well as four ‘Ringers Quarters’ style share rooms with a share bathroom for budget travellers.

They have an on-site restaurant, two swimming pools, three large amenities blocks and four laundries so you won’t have to queue to do your washing.

Plus, there are a number of free BBQ areas and a fully-equipped camp kitchen.

Phone:  07 4658 1781 or 07 4658 2667
Address:  12 Thrush Rd, Longreach, Queensland

Infracombe Caravan Park

The Ilfracombe Caravan Park is just over 27 kms from Longreach and is an affordable place to stay but still handy enough to see and do things in Longreach.

They offer Powered & Unpowered Caravan and Camping Sites suitable for those travelling in Motorhomes, Caravans and Campers.

There is also Villas, Airconditioned Ensuite Cabins and even Pet Friendly Cabins.

Ilfracombe Caravan Park is pet friendly and is located right next door to the Wellshot Hotel.

Phone:  07 4658 1510
Address:  10 Main Ave (Landsborough Highway) Ilfracombe, Queensland

Ilfraacome Van Park & Cabins

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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

Camping in Carnarvon Gorge

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:

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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.

Carnarvon Gorge

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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Kev & Adele
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