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Carnarvon Gorge and Bunya Mountains

Carnarvon Gorge, Bunya Mountains & Cania Gorge

Guided 7 day Pack-Free walk

Our 7 Day Pack-Free walk has been tailor-made to explore the best National Parks of Southern Queensland. Explore Bunya Mountains and Cania Gorge on our journey to Carnarvon, two gorgeous places not to be missed and totally unique in their own way.  Bunya Mountains National Park showcases the largest stand of ancient bunya pines in the world as well as stunning rainforest-clad peaks. Whilst Cania Gorge. From here we head to famous Carnarvon Gorge to discover cool mountains, rainforests and waterfalls, unique range-top grasslands, panoramic views, colourful birdlife and enthralling stories of times long ago. Designed with the adventurer in mind, this hike will take you along deep water-carved gorges, over dry and harsh sandstone escarpments, through lush and verdant rainforest, between the fronds of the world’s largest ferns, and into ancient art galleries of immense ceremonial and spiritual significance. 

Every day comes complete with the best accommodation each location has on offer and is fully catered with delicious and nutritious breakfasts, lunch, and dinners.  With everything completely taken care of and catered for, all you will have to worry about and carry is your small day pack. 

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Pack-Free Walking Experience

Carry only your water and lunch

No need to carry heavy overnight packs with your clothes and gear, this walk has been designed for those looking for an affordable multi-day walking experience with all the creature comforts. Your overnight bags will be transported each day so all you need is a small day pack for your lunch and water.

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Helicopter flight over Carnarvon Gorge

A spectacular Wow factor

To truly appreciate the grandeur and carnarvon-gorge we include a helicopter over to get a bird’s eye view of this gorge which runs for 35km in the heart of the 302,000 hectare Carnarvon National Park.

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The Bunyas

Trees and forest right on your doorstep

We enjoy warm hospitality at the Bunyas only 200 metres from the walking trails that wind through Bunya Mountains National Park.  With the trees and forest right on your doorstep you will feel at one with nature and all the wildlife that calls this picturesque locale home.  Each 2-bedroom unit comes fully equipped with kitchen, dining area, loungeroom, fireplace, and bathroom. With a queen bed in the main room and twin singles in the second room.

Cania Gorge Cabins

Serene environments and beautiful outback basic comforts are the name of the game at Cania Gorge Cabins

Each cabin has a private bathroom and, should a muggy night set in, are fully air conditioned for your comfort.  Although the beds are comfortable and inviting, facilities within the cabins are basic – but this won’t bother you at all, as you’ll be spending the evening under the seemingly infinite stars as you listen to the quiet beauty of nature all around you, drinking in the atmosphere as well as a well-deserved wine or beer.  In the outback, sometimes basic is best.

 

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Takarakka Lodge

Nestled within Carnarvon National Park and right beside Carnarvon Gorge.

Stay in the best accommodation available in Carnarvon National Park  Idyllically perched against Carnarvon Creek, you will be able to kick your feet up on your private balcony, enjoying the serenity and watching all the local wildlife that frequents the water’s edge.  With air conditioning, your own bar fridge, and ensuite bathroom inside, and private al fresco kitchen and exclusive fire pit outside, you will have all you need and everything you want to make yourself at home for the coming days.  Takarakka Lodge also has an outdoor Bush Bar and General Store for any necessities you may need as you unwind after each day’s edifying hike.

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Overlander Homestead

in outback Roma

Spend 1 night in the Overlander Homestead in Roma. This property features horse stables, pool and the charming Carriages Restaurant.

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Local produce and Australian wines included

Mealtime is a special time on tour. Not only does it provide the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers in a relaxed environment, but it also allows you to sample regional specialities. In Roma we dine at the Carriages Restaurant who boast the best steaks in Australia, as well a range of other delicious choices. Whilst at Carnarvon Gorge enjoy hearty meals featuring fresh local flavours. All evening meals are served with Queensland wines.

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Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

Our guides are truly exceptional at what they do. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our guide’s caring attitude and wonderful outgoing nature ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative. They will take into account the weather each day and plan the day’s adventure to suit you and the conditions.

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Personalised Tours

Small and intimate groups

Our group sizes are small and intimate with a maximum of 12 people, we find this delivers more personalised service, a great social environment and has less impact on the environment.

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No more to pay

Our tours are genuinely all-inclusive. From cruises to wine with dinner there are no hidden extras. You won’t even pay for credit card fees.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
Carnarvon Gorge and Bunya Mountains

This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden extras:

  • Spectacular helicopter flight over Carnarvon Gorge
  • 1 night at the Bunyas Units
  • 1 night in Cania Gorge Cabins 
  • 1 night in The Overlander Homestead 
  • 3 nights in Takarakka Lodge 
  • 6 x delicious restaurant dinners featuring beautiful local produce
  • 6 x breakfasts
  • 7 x lunches
  • Return transfers from Roma to Carnarvon Gorge
  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s – Chief Experience Officers are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
Day 1: Brisbane - Bunya Mountains National Park walk
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MEET TIME: Meet 7.30am

TRAIL NOTES: 4kms of walking on easy track

TERRAIN: A combination of formal paved path and natural trail that can be rocky underfoot. Short, steep ascent and descent at the waterfalls.

WALK ITINERARY: Your Life’s an Adventure Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will meet you in the foyer of the Hotel Grand Chancellor in the morning, after which you will climb aboard your carriage and be transported in comfort to Bunya Mountains.  Upon arrival, and after getting settled, we will embark on the short but beautiful Scenic Circuit Walk, taking in the easily accessed Festoon Falls and Tim Shea Falls, and admiring the vibrancy of the forest and tangled strangler fig.  The afternoon is yours to relax at your accommodation at the Bunyas, maybe visit the local Whisky Bar, stroll the nearby forests, kick back looking out from your accommodation, or grab a tray of bird seed from the local store and try your hand at feeding the raucous and vibrant bird-life.  The evening will see us sitting down to a delectable two-course meal in the Lyric bar and restaurant. 
Tim Shea and Festoon Falls Circuit - Day 1

Day 2: Cania Gorge National Park
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TRAIL NOTES: 6km, 3 hours

TERRAIN: The trail starts with a moderate, 400m steep stepped climb. Beyond this are easier gradients, one short steep descent and a gentle incline back to the start.  Overall it is a clear and well defined trail, with sections on uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain.

WALKING ITINERARY: After a hearty Queensland brekkie, we’ll jump back aboard our transit and head for Cania Gorge. Cania Gorge is an exquisite bifurcated landscape of sandstone monoliths, bedecked on top by eucalypt woodlands and on the sides by fire-wary cypress pines, while down in the sheltered gullies reside stoic ferns and dry rainforest species persisting on in little alcoves from a long-forgotten age.  The Giant Chair walk will take you on an exceptional circuit, giving you tastes of the dry sandstone escarpments of the outback, eucalypt woodlands home to abundant reptiles, and lush green grottos of ferns and rainforest.  A small climb of 100 metres will bring you to the lookout itself and the wonderful views which are part and parcel of this landscape.

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Day 3: Cania Gorge National Park
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TRAIL NOTES: 8km, 3 hrs

TERRAIN: Lightly undulating. Overall it is a clear and well defined trail, with sections on uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain.

WALK ITINERARY: After fuelling up at brekkie, served up by your CEO, we’ll head off on foot to see what the rest of Cania Gorge has to offer – and it’s a lot.  First heading out to Dragon Cave and Bloodwood Cave to enjoy the dry woodlands and exceptional geological formations in the sandstone, we then veer off up another path to Dripping Rock and The Overhang.  Dripping rock is awe-inspiring in its tranquillity, begging the passer-by to stop and meditate and find satori.  However, when we do finally leave – enlightenment found or not – The Overhang will inspire us with the constant and slow forces of nature, the sweeping roof of the cavern arcing over our heads providing sanctum for a forest of verdure fernery.  After completion of our walks we will skip back aboard our transport and drive to Carnarvon Gorge itself, where you can clamber out and make yourself at home before sitting down under the stars for a delicious roast dinner. 

Dripping Rock and Dragon

Day 4: Carnarvon Gorge
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TRAIL NOTES: 14km

TERRAIN: Overall this is a clear and well defined trail, with only a few sections of uneven, rocky or unmodified terrain. There is a steep climb but with well-formed stone steps and short ladders and its only about 300m long with about 200m in elevation gain from the gorge floor. Otherwise, the terrain is just lightly undulating.

WALKING ITINERARY: With a healthy and hearty breakfast finished and fuelling us for the day, we will set off up the gorge’s main trail, before veering right up the sandstone walls to Boolimba Bluff.  200 metre climb will bring us to the top of the escarpment and from here we get amazing views out over the landscape.  As the sun rises and the heat with it, we will descend back down into Carnarvon Gorge and continue on our trek to the amazingly cool and secluded Moss Garden.  This green treasure, refreshed by waters that have taken thousands of years to percolate through the sandstone strata, is one of the most peaceful and serene grottos you are likely to see across all of outback Australia.  Heading back to your creek-side accommodation, you will be able to relax in the late afternoon warmth before we regroup for dinner served with wine and visual guided tour of the stars which shine ever so brightly in the Aussie Outback.

Moss Garden Return

Day 5: Carnarvon Gorge
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TRAIL NOTES: 20km, easier option available.

TERRAIN: Flat walking with some small inclines. Excellent dirt track but some sections of uneven, rocky or unmodified terrain and many creek crossings using stepping stones and boulders.

WALK ITINERARY: Today enjoy breakfast before setting out and getting a taste of what is known as the Carnarvon Great Walk, a 90 kilometre circuit of the rugged area completed by only the hardiest of hikers.  While we are not doing the full loop we will still be seeing the best that huge walk has to offer on our way to Big Bend, a large elbow carved out by millions of years of flowing water. Heading directly up the gorge, we are flanked on either side by its towering walls and will get many chances to rock hop, skip, jump, or wade over the many semi-permanent waterways that are home to and creator of the gorge.  On our way up the gorge we will veer off on many gorgeous side trips, from refuges for ancient king fern gardens to daunting acoustic amphitheatres but, most importantly, a singular Aboriginal art gallery dating back almost 4000 years, a visual testament to the (at least) 20 000 years of human occupation in this area.  Something not to be missed and treasured in memory.  While it is a long walk, the main gorge has it all, and is the highlight of any visit to Carnarvon Gorge.  Something to reflect on this night, over a delicious dinner served with Australia wines.

*Please note, easier options for walking are available on this day. 

Big Bend

Day 6: Carnarvon Gorge - Roma
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TRAIL NOTES: 4km, 1.5 hrs

TERRAIN: Flat walking. Excellent dirt track but some sections of uneven, rocky or unmodified terrain.

WALK ITINERARY: After the exertions of yesterday, this morning you’ve earned a little sleep-in.  Once you are rested, we’ll start the day with an easy amble along the Nature Trail, a quiet and beautiful walk where you can notice the small things and let the sounds of nature trickle over you.  We’ll keep an open mind and an open eye out too for any wildlife, especially any sleek platypus returning to their water’s-edge burrows after a night of feeding.  After this we’ll stroll to the Rock Pools, the only area where swimming is permissible in the gorge and we will take to the water, paddling around pondering turtles and darting fish.  After this quiet morning we’ll turn it back up to 10, and send you soaring over the gorge and endless landscape beyond in a chartered helicopter flight, an exhilarating way to contextualise all the places you have hiked to over the previous days.  Afterwards, we head south again and drive south to the outback town of Roma and another beautiful night’s accommodation and a fitting meal. 

Day 7: Roma - Toowoomba -Brisbane
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ITINERARY: This morning enjoy breakfast in Roma before transferring back to Brisbane, heading down the long and historic Warrego Highway.  Sit back in comfort as the outback blows by, slowly becoming greener and more verdure as we again begin nearing the coast.  A stop in Toowoomba at Cob and Co. will give you a chance to stretch your legs and imbibe some of the past as well as imbibing some more physically nourishing food at the café.  We will arrive back in Brisbane around 4:00 pm, greeted again by the azure sea and the massing crowds, but wearing dusty boots and sweat-stained shirts – lingering reminders of our time in Outback Queensland. 

Tour Availability

We run regularly scheduled tours from June to August every year. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

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Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email:groups@ifesnadventure.com.au

 


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Super Earlybirds savings of $300 per person when you book and pay in full by 31 March 2021. Plus check out our COVID Booking Guarantee (see details below).
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Private groups of 10 -12 people can choose the date of your choice subject to availability.


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* Super Earlybirds available only when you book and pay in full by 31 March 2021. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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PRIVATE GROUPS
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SOLO TRAVELLERS
Solo travellers willing to share with someone of the same gender will pay no extra. Those wanting their own room at each accommodation will need to pay a single supplement cost. Subject to availability at time of booking.
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COVID Booking Guarantee
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FlexiWalk Option – Cancel for any Reason

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Discount Information:

  • PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.
  • EARLYBIRD, & SPOT SPECIALS: Refunds and cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour.
  • Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

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