Suggested itineraries

To get the absolute most from your Carnarvon Gorge experience we recommend a 6-night stay. Takarakka isn’t just somewhere to sleep for the night, it really is a place to immerse yourself, get in touch with nature in a beautiful bush setting and disconnect from the ‘busy-ness’ of everyday life. The park is laid out in circles (Echidna, Platypus & Wallaby), each with their own well-equipped camp kitchen and fire pit – somewhere to enjoy unplugged ‘face time’ of a different kind while you’re toasting marshmallows over a camp fire or cooking dinner.

Check out the suggested itineraries below, and if you’re interested in roast dinners & guided tours, be sure to book them in advance as spaces are limited and you really don’t want to miss out.

6-night itinerary (recommended)

Day 1

You’ve driven the kilometres to get here and finally arrived. Welcome to Takarakka! Check in & set up house, explore the camp, meet the wildlife and chillax, then join us on the deck at 4pm for our very social Bush bar, followed by an information session where you’ll get the lowdown on the best walks to do, when to go plus loads of other useful stuff.

Day 2

Finally, you’re starting to wind down to Taka time (this doesn’t always happen overnight). Sleep in, enjoy a lazy breakfast and take it easy. A few shorter walks to choose from today such as picturesque Mickeys Creek and a bit of a rock scramble to the amazing Warrumbah Gorge, or check out the aboriginal artwork at Baloon Cave and learn more about the history of the gorge and native flora & fauna. Of course, there’s Bush bar at 4pm daily and you can top & tail your day by heading down to our platypus pool at dawn or dusk to see if you can spot a few of these gorgeous, shy guys.

Day 3

You’ve booked in for the Wilderness Wander to discover the hidden secrets of the gorge, so meet your guide at 8am and set off with plenty of water and a packed lunch, ready for an amazing day. Heading out on your own? Do the ‘big 4’, a fabulous 14km walk that takes in some of the best sites, or simply go to the furthest two today. Either way, once you return in time for Bush bar, you won’t want to cook, so join us for a yum two-course roast dinner and share stories with fellow travellers for a fun night out.

Day 4

After yesterday’s fantastic effort, today is yours to do your own style of Taka time – whatever that looks like. Visit our Takarakka lookout and watch the morning sun rays as they first hit the gorge. Perhaps head off to the Rock Pool for a swim and the lovely walk along Carnarvon Creek to and from the Visitor Centre. Or maybe just relax around the camp and enjoy the serenity and wildlife that surrounds you. Come along for Bush bar and then later on join us on the fabulous Guide to the Galaxy tour where you get to learn about the stars and experience the brilliant Carnarvon night sky through a telescope. Another perfect day.

Day 5

Now you’re definitely on Taka time. Re-laaaaxed …… well done! Read a book, sit by the creek, head out to the Visitor Centre, maybe even complete the closest two of the ‘big 4’ or just take it easy, it’s your time to chillax. Then prime yourself for Bush bar, and roast dinner is on the menu again if you’ve decided to take another break from cooking.

Day 6

Time for a morning walk and you’ve booked in to Written in the Rocks, a brilliant tour where your guide and geology buff will share with you how the gorge was formed as you make your way to the top of Boolimba Bluff. The views are breathtaking and so worth the effort. If you haven’t already, complete your stay by enjoying your last evening at the camp fire (firewood supplied). Perhaps cook dinner there and definitely toast marshmallows and enjoy a Takarakka Tokay under the stars. Camping in style!

Day 7

Time to leave today, knowing you’ve discovered many of the secrets of the gorge and had a brilliant stay.

Taka time. my time.

4-night itinerary

If you only have time for a four-night stay, we know you’ll be back again. In fact, even if you stay a week we know you’ll be back again with family & friends!

Day 1

You’re on a mission to get here and ready to set up camp. Welcome! The Taka team will help get you sorted at check-in, then you’re off to get organised and get your bearings. Maybe you’re ready for a short walk already and decide to check out the Rock Pool for a swim or Baloon Cave to experience the area. Either way you’re definitely ready for some Taka time, so join us for our daily fun Bush bar at 4pm and then stay for the info session to hear all about the best walks to do in the time you have, plus loads of other useful stuff.

Day 2

Making the most of your time, you’re into it already and booked in for the day on our Wilderness Wander tour to discover the hidden secrets of the gorge, so meet your guide at 8am ready with water, snacks and a packed lunch. Heading out on your own? Do the ‘big 4’, a must do 14km walk that takes in some of the best sites. Either way, the promise of ice-cream and Bush bar at the end of the day spur you on, and if you don’t want to cook, join us for a yum two-course roast dinner and social night out.

Day 3

Another amazing day and the heights of the gorge await. You’ve booked in to Written in the Rocks, a brilliant tour where your guide and geology buff will share with you how the gorge was formed as you make your way to the top of Boolimba Bluff. The views are breathtaking and you give it your all. Back at camp for a cruisy afternoon and in time for Bush bar. After dinner, join us on the fabulous Guide to the Galaxy tour to learn about the stars and experience the spectacular Carnarvon night sky through a telescope. Brilliant.

Day 4

Last day here and after so much fresh air & exercise, you’re starting to get what Taka time is all about and today the plan is to sleep in, enjoy a lazy breakfast and take it easy. You’ve heard from everyone that Warrumbah Gorge is a special place, so set off to find out for yourself and also explore picturesque Mickeys Creek. Bush bar at 4pm then down to our platypus pool at dusk to see if you can spot a few of these gorgeous, shy guys. And of course, you need to complete your stay toasting marshmallows, a Takarakka Tokay and your fabulous achievements with one another over a camp fire.

Day 5

You’re heading off today, knowing there’s still more to see and promise yourself to return.

Takarakka. I’ll be back.