Brisbane to Carnarvon George Qld

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Hi, I am considering going by myself from Brisbane to Carnarvon Gorge National Park Qld.
Could anybody enlighten me about the road conditions, route to take.
As i am female my brother isn`t sure the journey is safe for a female on her own?

I have an old 1985 Toyota Camper Van or could take my newer Toyota Rav with tent.
I read that there is a Caravan park at Takura Bush Resort suitable for, caravans etc.
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:02

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:02
The route to take is Brisbane, Toowoomba, Roma, Injune and Carnarvon Gorge.
The road (Warego Highway) is a typical Qld road, no real problems. The road from the highway to the park is dirt. There is a caravan park at Takaraka, which is just outside the national park. It will be cold at night so rug up.
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:02

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:02
The Warrego highway from Brisbane to Roma is a lumpy and bumpy National Highway that is a pleasure to drive ;) especially between Toowoomba and Chinchilla.

From Roma you head north to just past Injune and then head west into The National Park.

As for a female doing the trip, I see many females travelling alone through Chinchilla so I think you will be very safe.

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:18

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:18

Have you read Campergirls excellent blog here. It will give you and your brother confidence that a woman can safely travel just about anywhere that a bloke can. Just be sure that whatever vehicle you take is in good mechanical, condition. Our travelling vehicle is an '87 Troopcarrier and it has been to a lot of very remote places, and on our travels we have met a few women travelling solo and loving every minute of it.

Carnarvon Gorge is a wonderful place, and it is relatively easy to get to, but can be very cold at night. There are some great walks to do there.

I hope you have a wonderful trip.


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Follow Up By: Native - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:23

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 20:23
Thanks Val. Yes it might be a god idea to leave the camper at home and take the newer Rav.
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Follow Up By: kend88 - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:54

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:54
We went north from brisbane and had a few days at Cania Gorge before heading west to Carnarvon Gorge. Haven't checked the difference in kms but could go one way and back the other.
if you are confident of your older van being reliable I can see no reason not to take it, as long as you drive accordingly on the way in and out. i don't think we got above 25kmh towing our caravan in, and back out.Carnarvon Gorge is a fantastic spot, but suggest people try to get a bit fit before you go, as the walking tracks are not to be missed. You really need to walk about 25km in one day to see it all, but next time we go we will probably only go halfway. During school holidays the national park camp area is open, with showers and toilets, another option to Takaraka Resort. Takaraka has tent type cabins which are popular, but probably a bit expensive.
Great spot, should be on every Qlder's visit list. Cania good too

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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 23:45

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 23:45
Hi Native

Takarakka CP is one place it is wise to book; it seems to be busy all year #. Sites are expensive; we paid $38 per night powered site for two of us, but i doubt it would be any different for one. It is a nice location and amenities very nice. Need at least three nights to do the walks justice. We did the main walk with side sights at around 25 kms in one long and tiring day. Some people were there for a full week and were walking a bit further up the gorge each day and and seeing different side features. The walk up to the lookout is about 1,000 steps up. Worth doing too, but as aforesaid, you need to be reasonably fit for both these walks. If you are really keen, there is a long loop walk which requires camping out for a few nights. Very enjoyable park to visit.

I can't see any problems for you travelling alone; lots of people do.

Shortly after we visited, people we know who were touring Australia in a 1950s Holden with similar vintage caravan were at Takarakka. Roads should be no problem for either of your vehicles. You don't say how soon you are going; watch
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for road closures after rain.

Injune has a lovely and cheap little caravan park #. I don't know what your time frame is, but from Injune we visited the Mt Moffatt part of the park # which is very different to the Gorge. Drive to the top of the range, sandstone formations and bushranger history. This does need a good 4wd.

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Reply By: carlsp - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 13:56

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 13:56
Hi Native,

You most likely will fill up with fuel at Injune. Heading in from Miles the BP is on the right hand side. Do not go there but turn right just before it and head down to Independent Fuel Supplies. They are much cheaper.

There is a free camping site about 100 kilometers north of Injune. In this way you can get to the Gorge early and save a nights accomodation. The camping spot is at the truck stop and very large so just hide yourself down the back out of sight.

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Reply By: Spade Newsom - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 19:04

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 19:04
No problems with the roads. The last 50kms is dirt so if your happy to drive slowly on the dirt section near any vehicle will do the job. Rain will cause problems though. It never rains there this time of year.

It will be very cold this time of year. Get a powered site and take a little fan heater maybe. It got to minus 7 one time I was there (at a property near the range). Someone told me they experienced minus 9.

You don't need to be particularly fit to do the walks unless you plan a very long walk or up to the lookout and even then if you walk very slowly like I do does not require much effort.

Walking slowly has other benefits too like seeing all sorts of wildlife and plant life that I am sure many people miss trying to rush.

Truly a magical place that I reckon all Australians should put on the places to visit before I die list.
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