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Carnarvon Gorge walk

Walk Carnarvon Gorge

Guided 5-Day Pack-Free walk

This special hike explores stunning Carnarvon Gorge, one of Queensland’s most spectacular natural features. Walk along deep water-carved gorges, up spectacular sandstone escarpments, through cloistered dry rainforest orchestrated by hundreds of species of birds, between the fronds of the world’s largest ferns, and into ancient art galleries of immense ceremonial and spiritual significance.  Situated 750 kilometres from Brisbane, when you are there, you get that magic double feeling of adventure and peace that only comes from being somewhere truly, truly remote. 

Each night you will stay beside the gorge in Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge, sitting back under the scintillating stars.  With everything completely taken care of, you will have nothing to worry about except finding your own inner peace and tranquillity in the haven of the vast Queensland Outback that is Carnarvon Gorge. 

Additionally, you have the option to extend your tour by a few days and join our 7-day Carnarvon Gorge & Bunya Mountains walk, which allows you to explore Bunya Mountains and includes return transfers from Brisbane. To view this tour – CLICK HERE

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Pack-Free Walking Experience

Carry only your water and lunch

Our Carnarvon Gorge 5-Day Pack-Free walking experience has been custom-made for you to see the best Carnarvon Gorge has to offer, without you having to lug a heavy backpack around with you day-in, day-out.  Designed with the adventurer in mind who wants to carry no more than their day pack

Best Western Bungil Creek Motel

in outback Roma

Spend 1 night in the Best Western in Roma. This property is modern and sleek, featuring an outdoor pool & cocktail lounge.

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Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Nestled within Carnarvon National Park and right beside Carnarvon Gorge.

Stay in one of the best accommodation available in Carnarvon National Park.  Enjoying the serenity and watching all the local wildlife that frequents the water’s edge.  With air conditioning, and ensuite bathroom inside,  you will have all you need and everything you want to make yourself at home for the coming days.

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Local produce

served with Queensland wines

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 BC,s Restaurant. 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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Genuinely all-inclusive

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

  • Pack-Free Walk – allowing you to only carry your water, lunch, and camera
  • 1 night in Best Western Bungil Creek Motel, Roma
  • 3 nights in Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge
  • 4 x breakfasts
  • 5 x lunches
  • 4 x dinners featuring beautiful local produce
  • Local wines with evening meals
  • Return transfers from Roma to Carnarvon Gorge
  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s (Chief Experience Officers are passionate) are well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
Day 1: Arrival in Roma
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Today make your way to Roma to start your experience. Roma can be reached by air (Qantas 1 hour & 15 mins), bus or train. Today is at leisure to relax and enjoy this outback Queensland town. Check in to your accommodation at the Best Western Bungil Creek Motel, a modern and sleek property featuring an outdoor pool & cocktail lounge. Just down the road are quintessential and proud outback museums, dedicated to petroleum mining and the beat-up old cars that are synonymous with outback roads.  A 20-minute walk will also bring you to the biggest bottle tree around. Roma is a roughly 70-minute flight from Brisbane and, though small, has a very colourful history for those keen to explore the town. Tonight, meet your guides at BC’s restaurant at 6pm for a delicious dinner.

Day 2: Roma - Carnarvon Gorge
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TRANSFERS: Morning: 3 hour transfer from Roma to Carnarvon Gorge.

TRAIL NOTES: 4km of walking, 1.5 hours.

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

WALK ITINERARY: After a good outback brekkie, we drive through the rugged backcountry to Carnarvon Gorge. Our walking experience today takes us to 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.

Once we’ve finished our hike, we make our way to our accommodation for the next three nights. Here, we can unpack, unwind, and enjoy the facilities at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge. Tonight, we enjoy a dinner paired with Australian wines.

Day 3: Boolimba Bluff and Moss Garden Walks
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TRAIL NOTES: Approximately 11km of walking.

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.

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Day 4: Main Gorge Walk to Big Bend
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TRAIL NOTES: Approximately 15km of walking. 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. 

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Day 5: Mickeys Creek Walk - Roma
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TRANSFERS:  Afternoon: 3 hour transfer to Roma

TRAIL NOTES: 5km of walking, 3 hours.

TERRAIN: Lightly undulating with 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, our walking experience today will lead us to Mickeys Creek and Warrumbah Gorge, two amazing walks right near the main gorge mouth. Mickeys Creek is a cool, pristine pocket of serenity, providing refuge for ferns and mosses that evolved long before the scorching heat of the outback descended on Australia. Warrumbah Gorge, whilst likewise a refuge, is awe-inspiring to boot. It is a narrow cleft, dominated on either side by soaring walls, making it the quintessential slot canyon. Alacritous hikers can continue to explore up into the gorge, where the path ends and true off-trail clambering begins.

Afterwards, we head south, making our way back to the town of Roma to end our walking adventure.

OPTIONAL: You have the option to extend your tour by a few days and join our 7-day Carnarvon Gorge & Bunya Mountains walk, which allows you to explore Bunya Mountains and includes return transfers from Brisbane. To view this tour – CLICK HERE

Tour Availability

WINTER ESCAPE SPECIALS:
Choose from one of the dates listed below and save up to an amazing $400 per person when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Limited spots available!

  • 25 – 29 July 2024
  • 15 – 19 August 2024

DEPARTURE DATES:
We run regularly scheduled tours from June to August every year. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

PRIVATE GROUPS:
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:walks@ifesnadventure.com.au

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Tour Prices

Winter Escape Specials - Save up to $800 per couple on selected departures

HURRY OFFER EXTENDED TILL 30 APRIL 2024 - LAST CHANCE!
Winter Escape savings of up to $800 per couple or $400 per person are available on 2024 departures when you pay in full at time of booking by 30 April 2024.
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 -12 people can choose the date of your choice subject to availability.


Winter Escape Specials Prices from
$ 3299 /p

Save up to $400 per person on specific departures

JUNE – AUGUST 2024 DATES
WINTER ESCAPE DEALS

Normal Price…………..…… $3699
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FIRST TIME PASSENGERS:
Winter Escape Special…… $3399
SAVE $300 per person
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TRAVELLED WITH
LIFE’S AN ADVENTURE BEFORE:
Winter Escape Special…… $3299
SAVE $400 per person
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Winter Escape Special prices available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Limited spots available – offer ends 30 April 2024! See departure dates tab for specific dates. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior. Past passengers $100 extra saving also available on normal priced fares. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras. See full ticket conditions below under Discount information.

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Solo Travellers &
$ Xtras /p

The following extras can be purchased with your tour:
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SOLO TRAVELLERS
WILLING TO SHARE

If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room, we will attempt to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender. If we can’t find you a match of the same gender by around 8 weeks prior to the tour, you will be charged the single supplement cost.

SOLO TRAVELLERS
WANTING THEIR OWN ROOM

For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost will be charged at the time of booking. Subject to availability.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $280
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FLEXI-WALK ADD-ON
Cancel for Any Reason:
Purchase a FlexiWalk Add-On for normal price tickets and cancel 96 hours prior to departure for any reason. See conditions below for full details.
Price: $369 per person.
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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

Private Group Prices From
$ 3299 /p

Departure of your choice

PRIVATE GROUPS
10 – 12 participants

Departure date of your choice

PRICES
Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discount rates.

Departure date of your choice is subjective to availability. A minimum group size of 10 required. Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discounted rates. Additional Past Traveller’s’ discount not available for groups. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras.

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FlexiWalk Option – Cancel for any Reason

Click here for full conditions on our FlexiWalk Option.

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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