Carnarvon Gorge - Australia's Best Kept Secret
Carnarvon Gorge Queensland - Wed 17th April 2024

Max Participants:
Carnarvon Gorge Queensland
Wed 17th April 2024
Start Time:
End Time:
5:00pm approx
5 Days
4 Lunches 5 Snacks 4 Dinners 4 Breakfasts
Hike Rating:
Grade 3
Non-Member Cost:
$2250.00 per person
Member Cost:
$2150.00 per person
Deposit Required:
far north queensland hiking
This is the ultimate autumn walking escape - Fabulous warm days, cool evenings coupled with Australia's best-kept secret in the heart of the Queensland outback - Carnarvon Gorge.

With towering sandstone cliffs, lush gorges, rock pools, abundant wildlife and aboriginal rock art, Carnarvon Gorge doesn't disappoint. People have been captivated by this destination and now it's your turn to discover why!

Join Adventurous Women on this 5 day/ 4 night adventure! Leaving from & returning to Brisbane in our air conditioned bus, you get to sit back and enjoy the journey.

You'll need a daypack to carry your lunch & water, a pair of sturdy walking boots/shoes & a sense of adventure, we will take care of the rest.


PLEASE Click on this link to QLD Parks to get more information on the walking part of this itinerary so that you are informed about the type and grading of the walks you will be undertaking while on this adventure.  The walks are graded intermediate to difficult (Grade 3 & 4)


Walking Days:

Day 2 Lower Gorge walk 
Difficulty: Intermediate 14 km Full Day Walk,16 Creek Crossings, Allow 9 hours

Day 3: Boolimba Bluff 
Difficulty: Intermediate to difficult, ladders and 300 steps

Day 4: Big Bend
Difficulty: Intermediate to difficult, 20km return, Allow 9 hours, 17 Creek Crossings


Rock Hopping
Such a gorgeous walk
Group Pic
So Lush
The Sheer Scale is Awesome!
More rock hopping
Beautiful vistas


Please note map locations and route are approximate only


● The 'Adventurous Women' Experience

● Exploring Carnarvon Gorge

● Visiting Iconic Queensland Outback Towns

● Night Safari Tour

● Eco Tour of the Lower Gorge

● Abundant Wildlife


Today is spent travelling from Brisbane to Carnarvon Gorge. We will stop along the way for a coffee, lunch and a leg stretch at some of Queensland's iconic outback towns.

Meals: Lunch, Snack, Dinner

This 14km full day walk is, without a doubt, the most popular walk at Carnarvon Gorge. Today we are joined by Carnarvon Ecotours who will provide us with specialised local knowledge of the area including the : Art Gallery, Wards Canyon, Amphitheatre, Moss Garden

These four major sites visited today are totally unique:

- the Art Gallery has over 2000 motifs including stencilled, engraved and free hand rock art,dotted along an equally impressive section of sandstone;

- Wards Canyon is home to the one and only colony of King Ferns we know of in inland Australia;

- at the Amphitheatre be blown away by the grandeur of the soaring cliffs:

- the Moss Garden is arguably the best known, and most photographed site at Carnarvon Gorge and is where you'll find one of the best patches of remnant rainforest, and one of the most productive spring systems in the National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner

Up early this morning for sunrise at Boolimba Bluff, an incredible lookout walk that offers spectacular views of the Gorge mouth and beyond. You'll climb close to 1000 stairs in order to reach the top, so this one is best done in the morning when you're fresh.

Afterwards, we call into the Visitors Centre before heading along the Nature Trail to link up with the Rock Pool. The Nature Trail offers ample wildlife encounters, including the elusive platypus. The Rock Pool is the perfect spot for a swim and lunch.

Finally, we pay a visit to Mickey Creek, offering some of the narrowest landscape experiences at Carnarvon Gorge. Cool even on the warmest of days. The further you venture in, the more rock-hopping you will be required to manage.

The afternoon is yours to relax in readiness for our Night Safari Tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner

There are three key sites on today's itinerary and we look forward to sharing them with you:

- Cathedral Cave is another significant rock art site; just next door you'll find the gem that is

- Boowinda Gorge - here is where creation began and where Mundagarra (Rainbow Serpent), has travelled when exploring this sinuous side gorge.

- Big Bend, the end of the line and has a designated campsite, meaning there are a few creature comforts to take advantage of: a toilet, picnic table, and lovely beach.

This is a lifetime experience! So slow down, allow quality time at each site.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner

Enjoy a light breakfast before departing for home. We will take our time stopping at along the way for a cuppa, lunch (at your own expense) and a leg stretch, visiting some of the iconic Queensland outback towns we passed on the way up.


Meals: Breakfast, Snack


2 Adventurous Women Hosts

Twin Share Accommodation in beautifully appointed Safari Cabins with ensuite

Transport to and from Brisbane in our air conditioned bus

Carnarvon Gorge Eco Tours joining us for the lower gorge walk and night safari tour

Meals as listed on the itinerary

Welcome Drink

Adventurous Women Memento

Photo's of your experience

4 Lunches

5 Snacks

4 Dinners

4 Breakfasts


Flights to/from Brisbane

Lunch on Day 5 (guest own expense)

Items of a Personal Nature

Travel Insurance


Twin Share Safari Style Cabins : 

Spread out in a beautiful parkland setting, resting at the base of the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge mountain range, we are staying in safari style cabins.  Each cabin contains an ensuite bathroom, tea & coffee facilities, fridge, air conditioning/heating and a spacious balcony to relax and take in the wonderful natural ambience of this stunning location.


All cabins are twin share (2 ladies have their own beds in the cabin).  Unfortunately due to the configuration of the cabins, we are unable to accommodate requests for single accommodation, therefore you will be allocated a room buddy on arrival at the accommodation, unless you come along with a travel companion and have advised us at the time of booking.


What To Bring/Wear

- Gear List will be sent well in advance to help you plan & prepare

More Information



What type of meals you can expect: 

Continental breakfast will be provided, with the guides preparing hearty dinners at the end of each day. Packed lunches and picnics at some of the most incredible locations in the gorge are included, and may include a salad, a roll or a wrap. Snacks include scroggan, muesli bars, cake or biscuits, fruit, tea or coffee. Each day is slightly different. 

Cancellation & Refunds

Notice of cancellation must be in writing, with an email as an acceptable form of communication, directly to Adventurous Women with the following conditions:

60 days plus prior to trip departure - Full Refund Minus $50 admin fee

59 - 30 days prior to trip departure - Loss of Deposit

29 - 15 days prior to trip departure - 75% of the Tour Cost

Within 14 days of the trip departure - 100% Of The Tour Cost

No refund is available after departure of a walk or tour has commenced.

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