Carnarvon Gorge to Big Bend
Bidjara & Karingbal Country

2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min

9.5 km
oneway segment

↑ 274 m
↓ -144 m

Hard track
Starting from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre, Carnarvon Park, this walk takes you to the Big Bend walkers’ camp via the first section of the 87 km Carnarvon Great Walk, visiting Moss Garden, Ward’s Canyon, Art Gallery and Cathedral Cave along the way. Head along the iconic gorge and start off your journey with a comprehensive walk. Offering you cool havens in the otherwise scorching gorge with the side trips; this track features great views, top-notch rock art and some strangely peaceful moments in unique places. The gorge itself is stunning enough to justify the heat and effort, but the side trips diversify the experience greatly. The campsite has non-flush toilets and offers heaps of shade. Enjoy the relatively cool weather and try to spot some catfish. Unfortunately, you can’t swim with them. Check the weather temperature beforehand and try to avoid midday hikes. Don’t be fooled by the heat during the day as the campsite can get windy and cold during the night. Remember to bring some insect repellent for the mozzies (Australian slang for mosquitoes) as well. Be prepared to get your feet wet at the crossings. Keep in mind that you’ll need a permit to access Carnarvon Park and the campsites. 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. 
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