canarvon gorge camping

Submitted: Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 19:50
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I am aware that you can no longer camp at Canarvon Gorge NP. We areheading that way in a few days and wondering what are the alternatives regarding camping near by.
Thanks for your help
Des
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 20:25

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 20:25
The only real option is Takarakka park. See Carnarvon Gorge in Places.
Being picky but note the correct spelling of Carnarvon.
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexic - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 20:48

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 20:48
Thanks Rod. I knew i didn't have the correct spelling but couldn't figure what was wrong.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:05

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:05
If you use Firefox you c an get an Oz dictionary for it as an addon. This dictionary contains most town and river names. If you use that there will be less embarrassing moments with spelling.
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Reply By: rumpig - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 20:53

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 20:53
i believe you can still camp at the NP, but only during school holiday periods...which is pretty sad really, i quite liked the place when we camped at the NP outside of school holiday period many many moons ago.
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Follow Up By: outback epicurean - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 21:17

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 21:17
Yes, camping in the Carnarvon Park is only in school holidays. Whole NP booking and camping arrangements seem very strange, maybe they don't want people to come because the NP procedures certianly make it difficult.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 21:33

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 21:33
Hi Des

The nearest alternative is Rolleston caravan park, but with a good hour's drive it is not time or cost effective. Takarakka was the dearest park we have been to, but necessary to be on the spot for the long walk. It is a well appointed park in a pleasant setting.


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Reply By: Idler Chris - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 22:40

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 22:40
The Queensland park booking system is a nightmare. If you don't like being treated like s##t then keep out of Queesland. Carnarvon Gorge is on the bucket list but there is no way I am going there under the present arrangements.
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Reply By: Peter T9 - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 10:59

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 10:59
I am going there myself in a few days and my research led me to conclude that it might be a bit cold to stay in the NP as there is no power and camp fires are not permitted.

The bush resort is expensive however they do at least have communal fires.

You will probably have to book and given its is school holidays it may already be full?
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Reply By: Slow one - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 12:47

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 12:47
Des,
Takarakka is very nice, it maybe a little busy and expensive but it is worth staying there.
We went there when it first opened and went back a couple of years back, they had made many improvements by then. It is worth it just to be near the park as the walks can take all day. From memory our longest walk was 24k for the day.

It is well worth visiting for it's beauty.
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Reply By: Robyn R4 - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 19:48

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 19:48
Yes, bucket list Carnarvon Gorge.
I liked Takarakka too. Nice camp kitchen, shady trees, a little shop...it's about 8 years since I was there...I'm trying to remember...!
We saw an echidna train (how funny!!), platypuseses (or is that platypi?), great cave paintings...and all that was with my father in his 70s with artificial hips. There are walks of all grades and lengths.
Fascinating place.
PS: We only saw the platypuseses because we went early...about 5 minutes later a noisy school group came through and all animals vanished!

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Follow Up By: Member - blackbird1937 - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 21:30

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 21:30
Hi Robin. When I was at school in the early 40s and 50s the plural of platypus was platypi. As you know the spelling and english is nowhere near the same as it used to be. The teachers I had would be horrified, also very few younger people would get a pass in english or spelling.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:24

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:24
Actually platypi has never the plural. The thing that has changed is that fewer people are using it.


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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 22:41

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 22:41
Booking for Takarakka is advised, even if a day or two before hand. As we don't book caravan parks due to uncertain time frames, we just arrived and asked for a larger site so we could manoeuvre into it with our F250. The had one available for two days, not the three we would have liked, although we could have moved into a smaller site (IF we could have got into it) for the third night. When we got set up, I realised it was the very site number someone else with a bigger off road caravan has said to ask for. We were very lucky. At the price, I was happier in a way that it was only for two nights.

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Reply By: my4x4 - Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 22:12

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 22:12
Des, we stayed at Takarakka in September last year. Powered site was $45. Great place, lots of great walks, Caves, Rock paintings, Swimming and the Platipi. Make sure you book.
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