Carnarvon Gorge Nature Trail
Bidjara and Karingbal Country

20 min to 30 min

1.3 km
circuit

↑ 19 m
↓ -19 m

Moderate track
Starting from Carnarvon National Park Visitor Centre, car park and camping area, this short circuit walk will take you along Carnarvon Creek for a chance to see platypus in their natural environment. If you go at dusk or dawn and you walk lightly you'll have the greatest chance to see this amazing animal. Let us begin by acknowledging the Bidjara and Karingbal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-25.0595002,148.2389335)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Carnarvon Highway, A7, Rewan.
  • Turn on to Wyseby Road, 2 then drive for 18.1 km
  • Turn left onto Obriens Road and drive for another 25.5 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 210 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Nature Trail.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Rock Pool Walk & Nature Trail) turn left, to head along Nature Trail.
After another 60 m cross the ford.
After another 125 m cross the ford.
After another 15 m cross the ford.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Nature Trail.
After another 105 m find the "Platypus Viewpoint" (5 m on your left).
Platypus Viewpoint
Platypus Viewpoint

Best time to view platypuses is around dusk and dawn.(just after sunrise and just before sunset)
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Best time to view platypuses is around dusk and dawn.(just after sunrise and just before sunset)

After another 350 m (at the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Nature Trail) turn left, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 20 m cross the ford.
Then cross the stepping stones (about 30 m long)
Then cross the ford.
After another 15 m cross the ford.
After another 65 m turn left.
After another 70 m pass the toilet (8 m on your left).
After another 90 m continue straight.
After another 15 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the BBQ (20 m on your left).
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 15 m to find the car park.
After another 95 m come to the "Carnarvon National Park camp ground" (15 m on your right).
After another 45 m pass the "Dunnies (toilets)" (45 m on your right).
After another 4 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Carnarvon Gorge Nature Trail


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.3 km
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 1.2 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 320 m apart with the largest gap of 960 m.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
960 m[toilet]
Toilet
1.1 km[toilet]
Camp site
1.2 kmCarnarvon National Park camp ground
Toilet
1.3 kmDunnies (toilets)
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