Frequently Asked Questions
Our meeting locations vary, depending on the tour you have booked with us:
- NIGHT SAFARI | 10 minute parking zone at the very end of Carnarvon Gorge Road. You must drive from your accommodation into the National Park. You have permission to park your car in the 10 minute parking zone for the duration of our tour.
- LOWER GORGE EXPLORER | Outside the entrance of the Visitor Information Centre in Carnarvon National Park – Carnarvon Gorge Section.
- OFF THE BEATEN TRACK | Outside the entrance of the Visitor Information Centre in Carnarvon National Park – Carnarvon Gorge Section.
- CUSTOM MADE TOUR | This will have been arranged directly with Simon or Michelle based on your unique itinerary. Please check your confirmation email.
- SNACKS | We provide delicious home baked treats for morning and afternoon tea.
- HOT CUPPA | Nothing beats a freshly pressed coffee, or a nice cup of tea when the energy levels start to dip. We promise we’ll choose a beautiful spot to enjoy it, too!
- COMPANY | One of the benefits of spending the whole day together, is that we have plenty of time to chat. Make sure you spend some time walking up front with us. We’d love to get to know you, and answer any questions that some to mind as we wander along.
- WATER | Approximately 2 litres per person. It may sound like a lot, but we’ll be active in the Gorge for approximately 9 hours, and there are no opportunities to pick up water along the way. You can always start to discard water along the way, when you realise you won’t finish it.
- LUNCH | Unfortunately, due to our remote location, and inability to guarantee fresh supplies at short notice, we are unable to provide lunch on our full day tours. So, please pack something tasty and nutritious to ensure you’re fueled up for the rest of the day.
- CAMERA | You’ll be kicking yourself if you forget this important piece of equipment! Ensure batteries are fully charged, SD cards have plenty of space, and that both are actually in the camera!
- SUN PROTECTION | Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. Light weight long sleeve shirts and long pants are great protection options too.
- APPROPRIATE CLOTHING | Be sure to check the forecast close to your arrival. If there’s a chance of rain, pack a rain coat. In winter our days can start at 5 C, so wear lots of layers and peel them off the day warms up.
- FOOTWEAR | Please wear the best closed walking shoes you have. Boots with ankle support are best, especially for the Off The Beaten Track tour.
- BACKPACK | You’re going to need somewhere to store your lunch, water and layers. Make sure it’s going to be comfortable to carry for a full day walk.
- HIKING POLES | These are entirely optional, but can be of great benefit at the many stepping-stone creek crossings. Especially, if you are concerned about your balance.
Right here! Click the following link to access the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Visitor Guide for Carnarvon Gorge:
After a hard copy? These can only be picked up from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Information Centre in the National Park. Opening Hours: 8 am – 4 pm.
There are more than enough walking trails and activities to keep you busy for AT LEAST three full days. If you would prefer to have a rest day between big walks, or the opportunity to sit under a tree with a good book, be sure to add another day or two.
This is our classic full day walk covering 14 km over the course of 8-9 hours. However, we allow plenty of time to stop and chat about the natural and cultural history of Carnarvon Gorge along the way. We’re certainly not in any great rush.
The main walking track is one way in, one way out, and we choose to walk to the furthest destination first. This allows us to knock off the single biggest chunk of walking whilst we are fresh, and break up the return walk into smaller chunks as we visit the remaining sites on the way back.
The first and last 3 km takes us over a series of three small ridges, meaning there are stairs and hills in both directions. The track then flattens out as it follows Carnarvon Creek.
There are 16 creek crossings via stepping stones throughout the day, so good balance is essential. If you’re concerned, consider purchasing a set of hiking poles prior to your visit.
The four major sites, Art Gallery, Ward’s Canyon, Amphitheatre, & Moss Garden are all accessed via staircases that deviate from the main walking track. Considering each of these major sites require a one way in, one way out detour from the main track, you may choose to sit one or two out. The choice is entirely up to you.
For some of you, this may have helped to make your decision. If it hasn’t, and you still have concerns or queries, please give us a call, and we’ll do our best to help.
Only you can make that decision, but here are a few things for you to consider:
- YOUR INTERESTS | Do you want to leave the Gorge with a wealth of knowledge, or would you prefer to step out on your own and explore at a faster pace? Do you want to escape the crowds, or stick to the main track? Do you have a specific interest in flora, fauna or geology, or are you happy to go with the flow?
- YOUR FITNESS & BALANCE | The Lower Gorge Explorer covers 14 km and includes 16 creek crossings via stepping stones. Off The Beaten Track covers upwards of 15 km, mostly off track, with countless creek crossings, and lots of rock-hopping.
- GENERAL KNOWLEDGE | Lower Gorge Explorer Tour
- WILDLIFE | Night Safari Tour
- SECLUSION | Off The Beaten Track Tour
- FLEXIBILITY | Custom Made Tour
- ADVENTURE | Off The Beaten Track Tour // Custom Made Tour
- EASY GOING | Night Safari Tour // Custom Made Tour
- SPECIAL INTEREST | Custom Made Tour
This will depend on which tour you wish to book:
- NIGHT SAFARI TOUR | Closed shoes with good grip, such as runners, will do the trick. Yes, the walk is easy, but it takes place at night, and we may have to negotiate some stairs and stepping stones.
- LOWER GORGE EXPLORER | You’ll want your best walking shoes for this one, whatever they might be. Runners, walking shoes, or boots are acceptable, but anything with ankle support is better! After 14 km, your body will thank you!
- OFF THE BEATEN TRACK | Hiking boots with ankle support are essential for this tour. There is a lot of rock-hopping involved, and a wet foot or two is not unusual. You’ll be particularly comfortable if your boots are waterproof.
- CUSTOM MADE TOUR | This will depend entirely on the experience you design for yourself. Be sure to check in with Simon and Michelle when planning your itinerary.
This will largely depend on when you intend to visit:
April – May | Be prepared for anything! Hot, cold, wet. We’ve seen it all at this time of year!
- Generally, maximum daytime temperatures are cool enough for walking, but can be as high as 30 C.
- Overnight temperatures can drop well below 10 C.
- Big rain events have been known to coincide with Easter.
June, July, August | It’s pretty chilly! Layering is key. Wear lots of light layers that you can add or remove as conditions change.
- Overnight temperatures can get down to 0 C.
- The Gorge itself it sheltered from the sun, and remains quite cold until about 10 am.
- Side gorges will remain cold throughout the day.
- Maximum daytime temperatures usually reach 18 – 20 C.
- Days are short. Don’t let the cold stop you from starting early. You need to ensure you are back before dark.