Road Trip to Carnarvon Gorge
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jan 8, 2012 3:27 AM Last Post By: jclare1
Jan 3, 2012 10:59 PM
Road Trip to Carnarvon GorgeHello All,
I'm in the process of doing a road trip around the southern part of Queensland (not going too far north to avoid the stingers). After mapping out the remainder of our trip into a loose itinerary I noticed we will have about a week spare after spending plenty of time everywhere we wanted to go, so I thought of adding Carnarvon Gorge into the mix. The original plan was to fly in and out of Brisbane and go as far north as the Town of 1770 and then to go back on roughly the same route.
Now that we are beginning to head north up the coast, I was wondering if anyone had done a loop from Bundaburg to Carnarvon to Brisbane? Maps.Google.com wont even process a route to Carnarvon and when I use Bing it seems like its about 22 hours round trip. This seems like a lot, but we do have a full week. My other real concern is that we are just driving a pretty standard issue rental car (no 4 wheel drive).
Any thoughts, feedback, and opionions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Jan 4, 2012 12:35 AM
1Sorry, have no info on it. Just be mindful of using Carnarvon Gorge or Carnarvon National Park and not Carnarvon as that is a town on the West Coast. You'd need a lot more time than 1 week to head there ;-)
Jan 4, 2012 12:37 PM
2If you put 'Injune' in Google Maps instead of Carnarvon National Park you'll get close enough results for planning purposes. The road into Carnarvon is about 60km south of Rolleston - see here for directions.
Google Maps says the round trip is about 15 hours.
A couple of years ago we spent 2 nights in Takarakka Bush Resort in the park, but it's website is not working atm. (I don't know if it survived the floods last year) The gorge is a wonderful place - well worth a visit. We could have happily spent another couple of days there if we had the time (and money for accom!)
Jan 8, 2012 3:27 AM
3I haven't been there for a few years but unless the road has been upgraded, you can do the trip with a standard 2WD in good weather, but after heavy rain you won't be able to get in or out. From memory there is at least one low creek crossing and there is a lot of dirt road once you get off the Highway from Injune. Also you need to check whether the car hire will allow you to use dirt roads as I think most of them don't. Its an amazing place and well worth the effort to get there.
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