The gorge holds special significance
in Aboriginal mythology and is also important as an historic geological
landmark. Vast rock formations hold secret memories of ancient tribal
gatherings. Stencil art, images and symbols of the Aboriginal Dreamtime adorn
the various walls in the Gorge. Cathedral Cave is one of the most extensive
Aboriginal Art Sites within the Gorge. Other locations include Baloon Cave, or a
half-day walk to the Art Gallery.
are many short walks from the main track leading to beautiful side gorges and
waterfalls. A half day walk will lead to sites such as the Moss Garden,
Amphitheatre and Wards Canyon. The Moss Garden is a world of its own. A natural
spring constantly pours forth water which, slowly filtering through the
sandstone, leaves the rock surface with a myriad of tiny droplets. A carpet of
green moss and a waterfall looking up into the accessible Violet Gorge make this
an essential place to visit.
Another site is the Amphitheatre. Millions of years have produced an
incredible crevice, whose entrance is accessed by a narrow steel ladder. Once
inside you will feel dwarfed by the sheer beauty of this large chasm caved out
by water. The stillness leaves you full of wonder.
A short steep climb leads past Lower Aljon Falls to Wards Canyon, where you
will notice a dramatic drop in temperature. It is like stepping back into time,
surrounded by ancient king ferns (Angiopteris evecta), the largest fern in the
world. At the end of the canyon is the shaded pool bed by upper Aljon Falls.
is plenty of wildlife including over 175 recorded bird species. There are green
tree-frogs, freshwater snakes, eastern water dragon, gliders, possums,
wallabies, grey kangaroos, and platypus to name but a few. Although most park
visitors spend their time exploring the Gorge itself, most of the park is
actually higher, a drier plateau with rugged hills and gentle slopes covered
with grassy open eucalypt forest.
Check out our listing of
Carnarvon Gorge accommodation. Contact the local Parks and
Wildlife Service or visit the
QLD National parks, marine parks and forests website. In addition to our
listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre
for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.