The best camping near Carnarvon National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Carnarvon National Park adventure.

Trek through dramatic gorges and admire ancient Aboriginal rock art in this remote Queensland park.  

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Kenniff's Gang Bush Camp

20 sites · RVs, Tents48000 acres · Mount Moffatt, QLD
This Pet Friendly campground is situated on the Cattle Station adjacent to the Mount Moffatt Carnarvon National Park. Pitch your tent or park your "Off Road" Camper or Caravan in our drive through sites. Campsites are surrounded by exquisite sand stone hills with an abundance of natural grasses and gum, pine and box trees. This Bush camp is 20 m to 50 m off the Maranoa River permanent water hole with abundance of fish for you to catch. This cattle station is 48,000 acres in size, so no one will feel squished. Plenty of room between vans. We are located just 10km from the boundary grid of The Fabulous Mount Moffatt National Park where you'll discover Aboriginal art and history. Also the Consuela Table land is 1000m above sea level and is known as the Roof of QLD. This National Park is a must to see for all. The camp is situated on the side of a massive permanent waterhole in the Maranoa River. Picture attached. Please note; Kenniff's Gang Bush Camp is a "3.5 hours drive to Carnarvon Gorge", we're on the opposite side of the range of Carnarvon National Park. Most tourist say the Mount Moffatt side is the best side and it's truly one of Queensland's biggest kept secrets. You will need to be a self-contained camper who brings their own camping toilet/shower, and drinking water. Or Treat/Filter the water provided. Untreated bore water provided. If you hate camping look at Maree's Farmstay, a 5 bedroom homestead all to yourself, you can bed 12 people and 2 babies. Bring Pa Ma Kids and grandkids and have a fabulous holiday. This Homestead is also Adjacent to Mount Moffatt Carnarvon National Park. Facebook page to join Bookings through AIRBNB App. Enjoy the evenings warming your feet around the campfire. Hiking the Carnarvon Gorge and Mount Moffatt with Maree as guide is available... are you ready for the Carnarvon Great Walk Track 87km circuit? Check out "HIKE WITH MAREE" on facebook - OR the website Carnarvon Great Walk 87kms cirucit 6 days / 5 nights or just parts of it!
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The best camping near Carnarvon National Park guide



Forested bluffs, sandstone cliffs, and rocky creeks make up the ancient landscapes of Carnarvon National Park. There are seven areas to explore, most notably the Carnarvon Gorge, Ka Ka Mundi, Salvator Rosa, and Mount Moffatt sections. Explorers make a beeline for the headline act—Carnarvon Gorge—where you can hike beneath towering rock faces, climb Boolimba Bluff for a view over the gorge, and pitch your tent by the creek. Discover the natural wonders and Aboriginal rock art along the Carnarvon Great Walk, venture off-road in a 4WD at Mount Moffat, or enjoy bird-watching along the creeks.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for backcountry camping: Big Bend Camping Area has tent-only pitches along the banks of Carnarvon Creek—it’s a 10-kilometre hike to reach the campsite but worth it for the views. 
  • Best for escaping the crowds: Bunbuncundoo Springs in the Ka Ka Mundi section of the park has secluded bush camping for tents or off-road camper trailers.
  • Best for family camping: The Carnarvon Gorge camping area has well-shaded pitches for tents and camper trailers, plus wifi and BBQ areas.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Camping permits are required for all the park’s campsites, and campsites must be reserved in advance. A tag with your booking number must be displayed on your tent at all times. 
  2. Space is limited at some campsites (Big Bend has just 10 pitches), so book at least three months in advance, especially if visiting during Queensland holidays. 
  3. Check access to campsites before booking—some campsites are accessible on foot only; others are along unsealed roads and may be reachable only by 4WD.
  4. Seasonal opening and closing dates vary by campsite. The Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area is open during Queensland school holidays only, while others stay open year-round.

When to go

The most pleasant weather for hiking is from April through June, with daytime temperatures between 18°-25°C. The busiest periods are during Queensland school holidays (Easter, June-July, and September-October), so expect crowds at popular spots. The wet season runs from October through March, when flooding is common, and the heat is intense (temperatures can run upwards of 35°C), so come prepared if visiting at this time. Temperatures drop at night year-round, so pack warm clothes for camping.

Know before you go

  • Carnarvon has multiple entry points. The easiest to access is the Carnarvon Gorge section, about a 3-hour drive north of Roma or south from Emerald. The Mount Moffat section is accessible only by high-clearance 4WD, and a 4WD is recommended for access to the Salvator Rosa and Ka Ka Mundi sections.
  • There is limited cell phone and 4G reception throughout the park, and the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Area is the only area with reliable wifi.
  • The area is remote with limited facilities, so you must be a self-sufficient camper. The last fuel stations on route to the gorge area are in Injune (for visitors arriving from Roma) or Rolleston (for visitors arriving from Emerald), where you can also stock up on supplies. 
  • Bring sturdy hiking boots and take care when hiking—creek crossings can be slippery, and cliff edges are sometimes unstable. Stick to the trails and avoid hiking in extreme weather when flash floods and rock falls can occur. 
  • Open fires and generators are prohibited at many campsites.
  • The Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Area is accessible for wheelchairs. Access is limited in the other sections of the park, and there are no accessible trails.

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