(24/10/2017 – 28/10/2017)
On the way to Carnarvon Gorge National Park, I was looking into campgrounds available to stay at. The campground at the CP National Park is only open at Easter and through the Qld school holidays, another campground called Sandstone Park (which I saw on my wikicamps app) had just closed for the off-season and wasn’t reopening until March next year. So, the only park open was called Takarakka Bush Resort.
They had a small office and convenience store (with very slow wifi at the office) so basically we had no phone or wi-fi reception at the caravan for the whole time we were there. We originally booked in for 2 nights but ended up staying 4!!!! Our site was in Platypus Circle with amenities, camp kitchen, dump point and fire pits in close walking distance. We were also near Carnarvon Creek, a fresh water “beach” which was great for a lovely swim and cool off each day. They say that once you settle in at Takarakka, we will find our own meaning for “Taka Time”.
The first couple of days there we just did some short walking tracks. We were finally putting on our “hiking boots”!!! There are 3 short easy to moderate walking tracks you can do before you actually enter the main walking track into the Gorge itself. All are a short driving distance from Takarakka. The first walk we did was “Baloon Cave” which was about 1km return walk from the car park. Baloon Cave is located within a gap in Clematis Ridge used by the Aboriginal people as an entry point to the gorge for thousands of years.
Then we took another path to Wurrumbah Gorge where we walked right inside a gorge, here we really had to do some skillful rock hopping and climbing. It was so beautiful and the temperature dropped right down and was very cool hiking through here!! Along with our drink and snack stops, that hike took us a couple of hours to do!!!
I really wanted to do a hike into the Gorge so we decided to stay another night and head out early in the morning.
The next day as you can imagine the staff had a huge clean up ahead of them!!! Alot of campers packed up and left. Our site had lots of tree branches around us and was cordoned off with orange witches hats and tape. We then had to check with the office to make sure that the gorge walks were still open and where we planned to walk was OK.
We left early in the morning for our big hike in the Gorge!!! We decided to go to Moss Garden which was around a 7 km return trip!!! It was a hot day but we had plenty of water and snacks. Well, what a hike it was!!!! The gorge was breathtakingly stunning, no words can describe it (even though some part of the gorge was burnt due to some back burning being done so that a bit yucky and smelly). Moss Garden was beautiful. Beneath ferns straining for sunlight, a small waterfall tumbles over a rock’s edge and it was a perfect place to cool down and rest. Here, water drips constantly from the sandstone and sustains a lush, green carpet of mosses and ferns.
After returning to the car after about 4 hours of walking, we scoffed down some Berri fruit ice blocks, they went down a treat after such an incredible hiking day!!!
We thoroughly enjoyed the day so glad we stayed on to do a hike in the Gorge!!!! Yes, it was tough but exhilarating to make it there and back!!!
Such a shame we couldn’t get the drone up though, we would have got some spectacular shots from up high!!! But being a National Park, you are not allowed to use a drone!!!!
We drove back to Takarakka and then went down to the beach for a cool off swim!!
(24/10/2017 – 28/10/2017)