Couple looking over Carnarvon Gorge at Boolimba Bluff

Best Time to Visit Carnarvon Gorge

Carved by time and nature, Carnarvon Gorge, nestled in Queensland's Central Highlands, unveils a captivating tapestry of natural beauty. Towering sandstone cliffs sculpt the magnificent gorge and cast long shadows over Carnarvon Creek. Lush rainforest pockets cling to sheltered slopes, offering a cool contrast to the surrounding bushland. 

Exploring Carnarvon Gorge is a journey through both time and culture, inviting you to be captivated by the wonders of nature and appreciate the enduring stories whispered by the ancient walls. Whether you seek adventure on the hiking trails, a glimpse into the past, or simply a chance to be immersed in breathtaking scenery, Carnarvon Gorge has something to offer every visitor. 

So, when is the best time to visit Carnarvon Gorge?

Carnarvon Gorge, with its towering sandstone cliffs and diverse ecosystems, is a captivating destination all year round. Planning your trip around the seasons allows you to make the most of your Carnarvon Gorge adventure

April to September

While April to September is the area's busiest time of year it also offers one of the most rewarding visits. Escape the scorching Australian summer, from April the weather is starting to cool down offering comfortable, dry weather whilst the gorge is lush and green after the wet season. From May to August, high-pressure systems control the weather and there is a low chance of rain. In September, the weather slowly starts to heat up again and the plants will come into flower. 

During these months, you'll navigate the hiking trails without battling sweltering heat, allowing you to appreciate the surrounding beauty. You won't have to worry about excessive sweating or dehydration, allowing you to comfortably conquer the various trails and witness the hidden gems of the gorge. The dry season boasts clear, blue skies, offering unobstructed views across the gorge. This clarity enhances your appreciation of the majestic cliffs and lush vegetation. 

While April to September offers the most comfortable weather, it coincides with peak season. Booking your accommodation and tours in advance for this period is essential to avoid missing out. 

Our Top Tips

  • Book your accommodation and tours in advance
  • Avoid school holidays if you can for a quieter experience 
  • Prepare for cold weather and wear layered clothing
  • Take a torch if you plan on hiking at dawn or dusk as the days are shorter

October to March

Carnarvon Gorge is often overlooked during the hotter months due to the temperature, this period offers the perfect opportunity to uncover hidden gems and soak in the peaceful atmosphere. 

Escape the peak season rush and experience a more peaceful and serene atmosphere. Embrace the early sun and soak in the serenity of the remarkable landscapes, serene trails, and captivating Aboriginal art sites, practically all to yourself. Witness the unique seasonal beauty under clear skies and starry nights, but remember to start your day early to beat the heat. 

Escape the summer heat at Carnarvon Gorge's refreshing natural pools. Nestled between BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Carnarvon and the Information Centre - your starting point for exploring the gorge - lies the Rock Pool walk. The cool, flowing waters offer a delightful respite from the rising temperatures. 

Our Top Tips

  • Start walking early and relax in the afternoon
  • Carry plenty of snacks and water on your hike
  • Be sun smart - slip, slop, slap
  • Take a raincoat in case of a summer storm