Are you planning a visit to Carnarvon Gorge? Would you like to know the accommodation options and campgrounds available at the Park? Then this article is for you. We’ll give you details of all the campgrounds and accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge to best suit your travel plans.

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge View inside gorge

We have travelled the big lap of Australia in our campervan, and Carnarvon National Park was one of the highlights. Incredible canyons, waterholes for swimming, hiking trails, waterfalls, and unforgettable sunsets. 

This accommodation guide has information about Carnarvon Gorge accommodation and campgrounds inside the Carnarvon National Park. 

All accommodation prices mentioned below are in AUD. 

Ok, let’s get to the details of accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge

BIG4 Breeze Holiday Park (previously known as Takarakka)

5 Options for Accommodation

If you have friends who have stayed at Carnarvon Gorge in the past, they may have told you to stay at Takarakka. 

If you punch the words’ accommodation carnarvon gorge qld’ into google, this property will probably appear in your search first. It was previously known as Carnarvon Gorge Camping Takarakka, or simply Takarakka campground, but it’s now a part of the BIG4 Holiday Park Chain.

Either way, this property is the perfect place to base yourself, just five minutes drive from where your Carnarvon Gorge walks begin. There are a few options for accommodation styles here, they offer something to suit solo travellers, couples, groups of friends and families too.

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge BIG4 Park Queen Studio

Option 1: Queen Studio – Sleeps up to 2 people

A private retreat for two, snuggled along Carnarvon Creek. An open plan studio for two people, with all the facilities & amenities you need.

Enjoy a private verandah, full camp kitchen, gas cooktop and sole use of a campfire pit with wood provided. Check here for latest prices

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge BIG4 Park Cottage

Option 2: Cottage – Sleeps up to 4 people

An open-plan setting with a dining area – the cottage sleeps up to 4 people. The primary bedroom has a queen bed with an ensuite bathroom, a set of bunk beds, a gas stove, an oven and a full kitchen. 

It has all the mod-cons you can expect back home, but how’s the serenity? Check here for latest prices

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge BIG4 Park Ensuite Cabin

Option 3: Ensuite Cabin – Sleeps 2 people

Cute open-plan cabins with air-conditioning. Queen bed, plus ensuite with a kettle, toaster, bar fridge, and cutlery and crockery for two people. (Bring your own cooking equipment, including pots, pans etc).

Guests can use the nearby outdoor kitchen and dining area for cooking meals. Check here for latest prices

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge BIG4 Park Take Tent

Option 4: Ensuite Taka Tent – Sleeps 5 people

The Taka Ensuite Tent comes with a private shower and comfortable bed. Tents can sleep up to 5 people, all bedding, linen and towels provided. Your Taka Ensuite tent also has a bar fridge, fan and shelves.

Use the camp kitchen to cook meals, but don’t forget to bring your cooking gear and crockery. Check here for latest prices

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge BIG4 Park Ensuite Tent

Option 5: The Taka Tent – Sleeps up to 6 people

Tents can sleep up to 6 people, all bedding, linen and towels provided. Your Taka tent also has a bar fridge, fan and shelves inside.

Use the camp kitchen for cooking meals, but don’t forget to bring your cooking gear and crockery. Check here for latest prices

Camping at Carnarvon Gorge – BIG4 Breeze Holiday Park

2 Options for Camping

The BIG4 Breeze Holiday Park is where it’s at for affordable accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge and also for camping at Carnarvon Gorge. 

If you’ve got your own motorhome, caravan, campervan, tent or simply want to roll out a swag and sleep under the stars, you have two options:

Powered Site

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge BIG4 Park - Powered Campsite

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge BIG4 Park – Powered Campsite

The best thing about the powered campsites here is that they’re spacious. So it doesn’t matter ‘how big your rig’ is, park it up, plug it in, and you’ve got access to potable water and all the park facilities too. 

Prices start from $46 per night. Check BIG4 website for prices/availability

Non-Powered Site

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge BIG4 Park - Unpowered Campsite

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge BIG4 Park – Unpowered Campsite

The unpowered sites here are of a generous size, with access to the camp kitchens and modern amenities. 

Prices start from $36 per night. Check BIG4 website for prices/availability

Where else is there to stay at Carnarvon Gorge?

If you’re not keen on the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Park, or if they’re already booked out for your dates, we’ve got you. Here are some other options for accommodation near Carnarvon Gorge. 

Sandstone Park Campsite

Another Carnarvon Gorge camping area and this campsite is open all year round. Sandstone Park offers fantastic 360-degree views of the gorge. All sites here are unpowered, and please note that there are no showers. 

It can get quite hot at this campsite in summer as there aren’t too many trees to provide enough shade. However, it does have good Telstra mobile coverage, which is rare in the National Park.

An unpowered site here is $35 per night for two people; extra adults are $15 per person per night. $7 per night for children aged 5 – 14 and children aged 5 years and under are free.

NOTE: It’s the only pet-friendly place to stay in Carnarvon Gorge. 

Check out www.sandstonepark.com.au for prices and availability.

Wilderness Lodge 

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge Queen Safari Cabin

Photo: wildernesslodge.com.au. Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge -Queen Safari Cabin

The Wilderness Lodge is for travellers who need comfort. This lovely property has a swimming pool, a fully licensed restaurant, and relaxing cabins with ensuites. 

Check reviews and prices on Tripadvisor

Luxury Camping at Wallaroo Outback Retreat

accommodation in carnarvon gorge wallaroo outback retreat tent

Glamp it up in these luxury safari tents at Wallaroo Outback Retreat.

This is a recommended getaway for two, located in a beautiful setting inside the Carnarvon National Park and surrounded by eucalypt trees. The property can only accommodate up to 16 guests at any time, so it’s pretty exclusive.

Your luxury tent comes with comfortable beds, fine linens and designer touches and furnishings. 

Note: There are no bathroom facilities inside each tent, but six bathrooms are at the lodge on the property. A fully equipped kitchen is available for guests to use on the property.

Check reviews and prices on Tripadvisor

Budget Camping Options at Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Area – Campground

The most affordable option for accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge is to camp near the visitor area. It’s also the perfect place to start your hikes. 

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge Visitors Centre Campground

There are only 36 places available, so you must book early to avoid missing out. Price is $6.85 per person, or $27.40 per family, per night.

Check the latest details or make a booking on the Parks & Forest Qld website.

TIP: Bring your camp food with you; water is available here.

Note: Camping in the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area is only available during the Easter, June-July, and September-October Queensland school holidays

The Big Bend Camping Area

The Big Bend camping area, reached by a 19.4km return walk, is open all year. However, you must leave your vehicle in the car park and walk close to 10km to reach the Park.

The camp is a rustic camping location; no flushing toilets, showers or BBQs exist. 

While it is not entirely free, camping here is cheap – at $6.85 per person per night or $27.40 per family per night.

Accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge Waterhole

Frequently Asked Questions about visiting Carnarvon Gorge

Best time to visit Carnarvon Gorge

When planning to visit Carnarvon Gorge, it is essential to consider the weather season and the Australian school holidays. 

I can tell you from experience that the accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge and the campsites get fully booked during the school holidays, so it’s essential to plan ahead and make reservations as soon as possible.

The ideal time to visit Carnarvon Gorge is between April – September during the cooler winter months in Queensland. Trust us; your hiking adventures will be much more enjoyable. 

It’s worth noting that if you visit at this time, although the days are pretty warm, the evenings can get quite cold in winter. So, keep that in mind if you are in a campervan or camping in a tent. You may need to throw in an extra jacket or layer, just in case. 

What are the best hikes & walks at Carnarvon Gorge?

There are many fantastic hikes and walks for everybody to enjoy and we list them in our Ultimate Guide to Carnarvon Gorge.

Carnarvon Gorge Free Camping? Is this an option?

No, unfortunately, there are no free camping options at Carnarvon Gorge. However, there are some budget camping options that we’ve listed above.

How many days should I spend at Carnarvon Gorge? 

We recommend a minimum of 3 -4 days to enjoy the surroundings, walk the trails and marvel at the gorges.

How far is Carnarvon Gorge from Brisbane? 

It’s about an 8-hour drive from Brisbane to the National Park. 

Do I need a 4WD to visit Carnarvon Gorge? 

You will not need a 4WD to reach Carnarvon Gorge if the weather has been good. The road into the National Park is now fully sealed.

Download a Carnarvon Gorge Camping Map here to start planning your trip.

We hope you have enjoyed this guide to accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge. It is one of our favourite National Parks in Australia, and we wish you a fantastic time when you visit. 

accommodation in carnarvon gorge map

Map with location of Carnarvon Gorge – BIG4 accommodation at Carnarvon Gorge is pinned in the centre

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