Pets & wildlife
Pets are not allowed at Takarakka or in Carnarvon Gorge National Park
Boarding kennels are available in the neighbouring towns of Rolleston, Emerald & Roma, so give your fur-babies & feathered friends a holiday while you’re here enjoying Carnarvon national park.
Listed below are local boarding facilities that will offer a discount if you mention Takarakka when booking with them, or contact us for a list of other pet boarding facilities in the area
07 4987 7748
Wildlife conservation is important, so please help us keep the animals and birds wild & healthy by not feeding them, and ensuring your food is well covered and rubbish securely stored in rubbish bins provided. No animals or plants are to be brought into or taken from the area
Fishing & netting are not permitted in the national park or Carnarvon Creek
Fuel, roads, caravan sites, car parking & weather
There’s no fuel available at Carnarvon Gorge. We recommend you refuel / top up at either Rolleston (100km north) or Injune (150km south) on the way in
Rolleston (100km north) or Injune (150km south)
This is classed as an all-vehicle road and accessible for all cars and caravans. You certainly don’t need four-wheel drive or off-road vehicles under normal conditions, simply travel at an appropriate speed and drive to the conditions
The road is considered suitable for caravans and motorhomes. It’s all bitumen into Takarakka
The 40km drive in from Carnarvon Highway to Takarakka is bitumen all the way! Road condition reports can be accessed by phoning Takarakka on 07 4984 8484
The creek crossings can flood, although this is a rarity. If there’s been heavy rain in the surrounding area and you’re unsure, simply contact us and we’ll give you an update
Limited drive through sites are available on request, simply let us know when you make your booking
Car parking within Takarakka is limited to one vehicle per site or accommodation. If you’re towing an additional car, boat or trailer with your motorhome, please include this in the size of your motorhome to ensure a suitable site is allocated.
Day parking is available at the National Park entrance for guests exploring the gorge
The Carnarvon Range creates its own weather system which can vary from the surrounding area, Rolleston is probably the best guide, however please remember this is an indication only as mother nature always does her own thing!
Temperatures in April to August can be very chilly overnight with warm days; it may be a good idea to bring a jacket, an extra sleeping bag and snuggle up
Food & drink supplies, gas & ice
We have a good range of basics at our general store – bread, meat, eggs, milk, drinks, snacks, ice-creams, tinned and packet foods, pre-made sandwiches & wraps, beer & wine, assorted groceries, camping essentials, ice & gas refills.
Great range of souvenirs, books & gifts also available.
We stock a limited range of fresh fruit and veg during the peak season (usually potatoes, onions, pumpkin, oranges & apples – selection will vary, enough to whip up a yummy meal!). Outside of peak season we don’t sell any fresh fruit or veg, so come prepared
We have a limited range of fresh fruit & veg available during peak season (usually potatoes, onions, pumpkin, oranges & apples – selection will vary, enough to whip up a yummy meal!). Outside peak season, unfortunately we don’t sell fresh fruit & veg, so come prepared
Our General store stocks ice and gas refills are also available
Water, showers & laundry
Free potable drinking water is available on all powered sites, from all camp kitchens and in all accommodation
We have free hot showers and excellent modern bathroom facilities for our guest. Perfect after a day out walking
If you have to get your gear clean, Takarakka is a lovely place to do your laundry. Washing machine, clothes line and clothes dryer are provided, and washing machine tokens can be purchased at general store for $5 per load and include environmentally-friendly detergent
Rubbish & dump points
Due to our remote location, we ask that you use our clean, modern amenities while you’re here and use the free public dump points available at Rolleston, Injune, Springsure, Emerald and Roma on the way in and out of the gorge. Thanks for your understanding. Caught short? We do have a dump point available for ’emergencies’. Please note – Takarakka operates a fully environmental biological waste treatment system and dumping of chemical toilet waste is prohibited into our system
We don’t have a rubbish tip at Takarakka, and as we’re in the national park, ask that you ‘only leave footprints’. If your camp chair, tent or tarp ‘dies’ during your visit, feel sad, but please take it back out with you
Phone, internet, TV & radio
We now have (very) limited mobile phone coverage at Takarakka – with Telstra if you have the latest Smart Phone on 4G, plus Optus (although both this Telstra & Optus coverage is intermittent).
For everyone else, there are no mobile phone calls or SMS messages, however we do have a public pay phone (that uses coins!) so if you really feel the need, you can call loved ones to tell them what an amazing time you’re having
Our Taka Safari tents are exactly that – tents, so they don’t have power points for your use, however you can charge your phones in our camp kitchens, as can anyone staying on an unpowered site.
We also have a ‘power bank’ at Reception for charging phones
There’s free guest Wi-fi on the deck area outside Reception, although with satellite & NBN – the service has limited capability.
If you do manage to hop online, you can post updates on Facebook, stay connected and make your friends jealous. Otherwise … enjoy a social media holiday instead
You may get coverage if you have a satellite dish & satellite finder (otherwise make friends with someone else who has!)
It’s intermittent – you might get radio coverage on a.m. bandwidth to listen to this week’s footy match, otherwise catch up at Bush bar and discuss who you think will win
Make your own news! We’re a long way from daily newspapers. Solve the problems of the world around the camp fire while you’re toasting marshmallows & enjoying a nightcap
We have our own little ‘beach’ at Takarakka, plus there’s the Rock Pool on the way to the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre. These are the only two places you can swim in all of Carnarvon Gorge
Peak season runs from 1 April to 31 October. Off-peak season is from 1 November to 31 March