Starting from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre, Carnarvon Park, this walk takes you to the Boolimba Bluff Lookout(s) and back via the Big Bend and Boolimba Bluff walks, exploring the diverse habitats of Carnarvon National Park along the way. The 2 lookouts rise 200 metres above the gorge, each giving you exceptional views over the gorge. You can come early and sip your coffee as you watch the sun rise. The well-maintained track has plenty of resting stops due to its steepness. The panoramic views alone make up for the effort, but there’s much more to see here so remember to lift your head up every once in a while. Take plenty of water, some grippy shoes and a torch or a light source if you’re going to catch the sunrise. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn left onto Obriens Road and drive for another 25.5 km
Continue and drive for another 190 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre, head towards the creek along the formed walking track. After crossing the said creek, keep left at the first intersection to join the Big Bend Walk. About 1 kilometre later, turn right at the 3-way intersection to continue along the Boolimba Bluff Track.....
Directions & comments
Start heading along Big Bend Walk.
There is a toilet (about 75 m back from the start).
There is a pay phone (about 35 m back from the start).
After 105 m cross the ford.
Then cross the stepping stones (about 30 m long)
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Nature Trail & Big Bend Walk) continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 1 km (at the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Boolimba Bluff Walk) turn right, to head along Boolimba Bluff Walk.
After another 890 m head up the steps (about 315 m long)
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Boolimba Bluff Walk & Carnarvon Great Walk) continue straight, to head along Boolimba Bluff Walk.
After another 730 m come to the "Boolimba Bluff" (15 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Boolimba Bluff Walk.
After another 70 m come to "Boolimba Bluff".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.2 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
2 h to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)