Starting from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre, Carnarvon Park, this return walk takes you to the uniquely beautiful Moss Garden via the Big Bend and Moss Garden Walk tracks, exploring the gorge along the way. Feel the change in temperature as you take the last turn and head into the Moss Garden. Expect an incredibly peaceful and stunning scenery, along with a little waterfall to add to the serenity of the place. The sandstone walls are covered in luminous moss, liverworts and ferns. Remember to stop and take some time to appreciate the beauty of the environment. Although it is considerably cooler than the main gorge track, try to avoid midday hikes under the blistering sun. Also, bring some insect repellent to protect yourself from the mozzies(Australian slang for mosquitoes). Expect to get wet feet as the track features multiple creek crossings. Let us begin by acknowledging the Bidjara & Karingbal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn left onto Obriens Road and drive for another 25.5 km
Continue and drive for another 190 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre, head towards the creek along the formed walking track. After crossing the said creek, keep left at the first intersection to join the Big Bend Walk. Stay on the track as it veers left and meanders along the creek(to your left) to continue along Moss Garden Track.....
Directions & comments
Start heading along Big Bend Walk.
There is a toilet (about 75 m back from the start).
There is a pay phone (about 35 m back from the start).
After another 100 m cross the stepping stones (about 30 m long)
Then cross the ford.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Nature Trail & Big Bend Walk) continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 1 km (at the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Boolimba Bluff Walk) continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 370 m cross the ford.
After another 1.3 km (at the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Moss Garden Walk) veer left, to head along Moss Garden Walk.
After another 60 m pass the toilet (70 m on your right).
After another 75 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m cross the ford.
After another 335 m cross the ford.
Continue another 125 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.4 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
2 h 30 min to 3 h 15 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.3 km apart with the largest gap of 4 km.