Carnarvon Gorge,,,, what a top spot

Submitted: Sunday, Sep 04, 2011 at 20:58
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The wife and I went from Roma to the gorge this weekend and really enjoyed the place.

Let me give you a quick run down.

There is now only 12 km or so of unsealed road toTakarakka Bush Resort. Watch out for cattle.

A powered site is $41 for two people, the toilets and showers are very clean with good water pressure.

There is no tv or mobile phone reception, a plus in my opinion.

The spit roast meal and dessert is good value at $22 and you are bound to meet some nice people.

Its about a 3 hour drive from Roma (without stops).

The walks range form very short and easy to long and tiring.

There are also very informative guided tours.

Overall its a place we would go back to and spend a bit of time there.

The only downer was meeting a lady on the way home whose caravan (dual axle) had snap its springs, twisted a wheel and damaged the area around it. Her husband had gone into Injune to get help.

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Reply By: Michaeljp - Sunday, Sep 04, 2011 at 23:51

Sunday, Sep 04, 2011 at 23:51
Gday Boo Boo,
I was last there in '96 and camped at the old camp grounds and ranger hut. I believe they are both closed and visitors have to stay at the ranch you mentioned. Is that correct? Can you still drive to the old rangers hut / info board and walk from there?
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Sep 05, 2011 at 00:09

Monday, Sep 05, 2011 at 00:09
Hi Michael

At Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland Parks camping is available near the day area only during the Easter, winter and spring Queensland school holidays and must be pre-booked. $5.15 per person per night. At all other times, camping is only available at the privately run Takarakka camp ground; as BooBoo says, nice but expensive.

The Ranger Info Station (parking nearby) is close to the first creek crossing to start the walks.


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Reply By: Member - Julio C (VIC) - Monday, Sep 05, 2011 at 22:21

Monday, Sep 05, 2011 at 22:21
I agree, spent 4 days there 3 weeks ago. We loved it
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Reply By: rumpig - Monday, Sep 05, 2011 at 22:52

Monday, Sep 05, 2011 at 22:52
great spot for sure, we stayed there about 11 years ago and camped at the Nat. Parks campground with just a handful of other campers being there. a shame that campground is only available during certain periods these days, the place would be packed at those times i'd imagine.
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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Tuesday, Sep 06, 2011 at 14:54

Tuesday, Sep 06, 2011 at 14:54
It was a top camping spot. Platypus in the creek behind the camp grounds , kangaroos come into your camp during the evening, owls in the trees looking down at you at night while your eating dinner fire pits at every camp spot. All for a few bucks a night.
Now you pay through the nose for camp spot with no atmosphere, id imagine, as i haven't been to the new camp ground.
It seems to be a common story all over Australia, with less and less places to camp for next to nothing. Ningaloo is the latest one ive heard. There were a few places along the beach where you could camp for free if you got there first but those tracks have been blocked off. Now you have to camp check to jowl with the next bloke in a tiny camp area The GRR is another where you are not supposed to camp along the road. blag blah blah
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