I can’t tell you of the first instance I became aware of Carnarvon Gorge, only that I knew it to be a place that was necessary to visit one day.
For thousands of years the Aboriginal custodians, the Bidjara and Karingbal tribes had lived in this area. In around 1850 white settlers had confiscated the land for farming, only to hand it back after vicious, but successful raids by the Aboriginals.
Today the spectacular sandstone cliffs form the towering walls of the gorge. The creek that formed the gorge over millions of years to this day continues to meander through the cliffs, sustaining a wide variety of flora and fauna to exist within the gorge walls.
We stayed at Takarakka Bush Resort for 3 nights to give us 2 full days to enjoy the Gorge.
Day 1: Visitor centre to the Art Gallery = 13.5 kms
Stop 1: The Moss Garden
Dripping water from the sandstone walls of the gorge have formed a tiny haven of moss and lush ferns, there is ever a little waterfalls.
Stop 2: The Amphitheatre
A 60meter deep chamber gouged from within the cliff. It was a cool, quiet place where we sat to have morning tea.
Stop 3: The Gallery
A 62 meter wall of sandstone records the history of the tribe from this area. This wall contains over 2000 stencils, paintings and carvings. Unfortunately, it have been vandalised in the previous decades.
Day 2: Visitors Centre to Boolimba Bluff = 6kms
Boolimba Bluff gazes out above the cliff line of the gorge. We climbed a steep series of ladders to reach the lookout and once we made it to the top we sat and absorbed the view.