Big Bend Camping Area - Carnarvon National Park

National Park - Queensland


Relax in this scenic camping area after your day’s hike from the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area to Big Bend along the ever-narrowing Main gorge track.

A welcome retreat from the heat, the camping area lies beside a natural pool in an elbow of the gorge, with sweeping sandstone walls as a perfect backdrop. Sit in the shade of lanky spotted gums to watch catfish and turtles in the tranquil waters of Carnarvon Creek. Don’t be tempted to join them though—you can’t swim in the creek here. Spot some of the park’s many birds and, after dark, spotlight for gliders, possums and owls in the trees.

Big Bend can only be reached by a 9.7km walk along the Main gorge track, which begins at the Carnarvon Gorge visitor area, 5.9km by unsealed road from the park entrance.

Features: Sheer cliffs offer the perfect backdrop to this small, tranquil camping area. Please note that swimming is not permitted in the creek.

Location: At Big Bend, reached by a 19.4km return walk through the gorge from the visitor centre.

Access: The camping area can be reached on foot only.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites. Maximum number of campers is 10 people per night.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping only.

Camp site surface: Dirt.

Facilities: Composting toilet; one picnic table.

Open fires: Prohibited.

Generators: Not permitted.

Essentials to bring: Drinking water, gas stove, animal-proof sealable rubbish containers, insect repellent. Treat any water collected from creeks before drinking it.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. The maximum length of stay at this camping area is 2 nights. Advance bookings of at least 3 months are recommended for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: Not available.

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Camping Fee $6.75
Per person, per night - from

Camping Fee - Family $27.00
Per family, per night (up to 2 adults, 6 children under 18 years) - from