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Central Tablelands - Carnarvon Gorge National Park
Carnarvon Gorge is an oasis in the semi-arid heart of Queensland. The Carnarvon Gorge Section of Carnarvon National Park has towering white sandstone cliffs that form a spectacular steep-sided gorge with narrow, vibrantly coloured and lush side gorges.
Remnant rainforest flourishes in the sheltered side gorges while endemic Livistona nitida cabbage tree palms, ancient cycads, ferns, flowering shrubs and gums trees line the meandering main gorge. Grassy open forest grows on the cliff-tops. The park’s creeks attract a wide variety of animals including more than 173 species of birds.
Aboriginal rock art on the sandstone overhangs is a fragile reminder of the Aboriginal people who used the gorge for thousands of years. Rock engravings, ochre stencils and freehand paintings at Cathedral Cave, Baloon Cave and the Art Gallery include some of the finest rock art in Australia.
This rugged 16,000ha section is one of the most popular tourist destination in Queensland’s central highlands.
Carnarvon Gorge is between Roma and Emerald. From Roma, drive north 90km to Injune then a further 160km along the Carnarvon Highway.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
13 QGOV (13 74 68)