Feast & fun

Camping is as much about the food as it is about exploring your surrounds, and as part of your Takarakka experience we understand the need to be well fed & watered during and after your time discovering the magic of Carnarvon Gorge and there are plenty of ways to do that while you’re here.

Organise a meal at ‘yours’, maybe whip up a feast in one of our fabulous camp kitchens, perhaps get social around the camp fire – we have fresh new ideas for camp oven and traditional camping meals to be prepared with friends, or better still – let us do the cooking for you and enjoy one of our yummy two-course roast dinners. And our well-stocked general store will help ensure that no-one goes hungry!

Plus, there’s Takarakka Bush bar at 4pm daily – the perfect way to relax & unwind after a day exploring, or if you’ve just arrived – after setting up camp.

eat, drink & be merry. Taka style.

Two-course roast dinner

Who wants to cook after a great day exploring the gorge or a day driving in to get here. Our scrumptious two-course spit roast dinners are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays and these are a popular (and social) night out. All you need to do is BYO cutlery, plates and bowls for a hearty feed. A selection of beer, wine and soft drink is available from our general store prior to dinner. Advanced bookings are essential, so be sure to secure your spot as our dinners are super popular and great value.

$25 per adult, $15 per child

Bush bar

Part of your Taka time experience surely has to be our social Bush bar. At 4pm daily, enjoy a drink & free nibblies with family & friends out on the deck and share stories about your time exploring the gorge or travelling our amazing country. A fun afternoon for you to relax & unwind.

* Dinners & Bush bar are seasonal from mid-March to September

Camp kitchens & camp fires

Why travel with the kitchen sink when you can cook a master chef meal in one of our Takarakka camp kitchens? Complete with gas hotplates, gas BBQ’s, urn / kettle, kitchen benchtops, sinks and large tables with bench seats, it’s almost all there for you to get started. You’ll just need to BYO crockery, cutlery, pans & utensils (and ingredients). Our camp kitchens don’t include a microwave or fridge, however with ice and provisions available in the general store, you’re sure to dine in style.

Large communal camp fire pits with seating and wood are provided for your use, and this really is all about the camping experience. Our local butcher has prepared fabulous camp-oven recipes and all you need is available in the general store. Enjoy ‘face time’ over a glass of wine or beer and have a great night out under the stars.

 

General store

A good range of supplies are available in our general store, and although our supply truck comes from miles away we keep our prices very reasonable, so there’s no need to bring all your supplies from home.

Pick up a superb red or white wine from our selection, plus a range of beers and mixers. We also stock:

  • Grocery items
  • Bread, eggs, milk, tinned & packet foods
  • Range of quality meat from our local butcher
  • Beer & wine
  • Pre-made sandwiches & wraps
  • Snack foods
  • Ice-creams, drinks, sweets & chocolate
  • All-important marshmallows for toasting!
  • Disposable crockery & cutlery
  • Toiletries & basic first aid supplies
  • Batteries & torches
  • Basic camp stuff (hoses & fittings etc)
  • Souvenirs – hats, shirts, postcards & more
  • Reference books, kids books & gifts
  • Ice
  • Gas refills
  • Unfortunately, we don’t stock fresh fruit & veg, however most Mondays a fantastic refrigerated truck loaded with fresh produce arrives at 7.30am for a couple of hours, so if you’re lucky you might be able to stock up then.
  • Sorry, but fuel is NOT available. Please factor this into your trip plan. We strongly recommend you refuel / top-up at Injune, Springsure or Rolleston prior to arrival.

 General store open all year round

Check out our Important stuff & FAQ’s for more on what you need to know to get the most out of your Carnarvon experience.

Fun & games

Keeping the kids (& the big kids) entertained if you want ‘down’ time is easy when you’re holidaying Taka style, and if you’ve got the room, be sure to pack their bicycles so they can enjoy our park even more.

join in or make your own fun.

Swimming

Carnarvon Creek runs around our park, and there is one area (our ‘beach’) where swimming is allowed. So, if you’re up for a dip, bring your bathers & towels. You can also swim at the Rock Pool on the way into Carnarvon Visitor centre, and these are the only two places where swimming is permitted within the national park.

School holidays

During school holidays, there’s something for everyone, so after you’ve been exploring come back and let the kids join us for organised games while you relax and enjoy Bush bar. There’s also movie nights, quiz nights and all sorts of entertainment.

Wildlife

Takarakka has some very unique wildlife, so while you’re here, explore the park surrounds where you’ll see Kangaroos and pretty-faced Wallabies or Echidnas waddling around any time of day or night. Among the rarer wildlife you should see are Bettongs, Platypus and Gliders. Bettongs (also called Rat Kangaroos, the smallest of the kangaroo family) and Gliders will only be seen after dark. Go for a walk around Takarakka at night with a torch and you should see these fascinating critters. Platypus are common in Carnarvon Creek, particularly just below the Echidna camp kitchen. To see them you’ll need to go down there early morning or late afternoon and be patient! You’ll need to stand very still, as they’re easily spooked by movement.

Most of our wildlife are unafraid of humans, however we ask that you avoid feeding or trying to interact with them. Some birds, in particular Kookaburras and Currawongs are quite cheeky and will attempt to pinch food. Ensure food is securely covered at all times and PLEASE don’t feed the animals.

Also note that no animals are to be brought into or removed from the park.