Mount Moffatt – the roof of Queensland in the Carnarvon National Park

Monday, Sep 14, 2009 at 00:00


We visited this part of the Carnarvon National Park from the Mount Moffatt section which required high clearance four wheel drive.

Dargonelly Rock Hole Campground has a pit toilet and a tank with non potable water but supply not guaranteed.

Soon after entering the park, a grey weathered rock near the road is known as Cathedral Rock. The weathered surface of this and some of the other rocks in the park give the image of scales of a giant reptile.

You will see unique shaped sandstone formations in the Mount Moffatt section of the We visited this part of the Carnarvon National Park.

The Tombs are found in a large sandstone outcrop with small caves at the base.The caves are now empty as the remains of those interred there were stolen during the early 1900s. Corpses were wrapped in cylinders of bark from the Budgeroo tree and were bound with animal hides. The cylinders were decorated with ochre and placed into the caves under the rock.

High in the range, Rotary Shelter is a small campground and picnic area with vistas southwards.

The slow drive up to Top Shelter along the four wheel drive ridge-top track terminates at a picnic area, leaving you feeling you are at the top of the world as at over 1,200 metres above sea level with the folds of ranges extending below you looking northwards. Although not the highest peak in Queensland, this area of the Great Dividing Range is referred to as the Roof of Queensland.

We are in bushranger country here in the heights of the Carnarvon Range. In 1902 brothers Patrick and James Kenniff murdered two policemen who apprehended them at the place known as Lethbridge Pocket near their lookout point, high on the northern side of the ridge, and incinerated their bodies nearby. The lookout, the site of the murder of the two policemen and the rock where their bodies were incinerated by the Kenniffs, are in this high section of the park and can be accessed by four wheel drive tracks.

Read more about the Carnarvon National Park and our other 2009 Travelogues and come touring Australia with us.


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