Getting here & weather


Only a day’s drive from Brisbane, Takarakka Bush Resort is situated in Queensland’s Sandstone Wilderness region, less than 4km to the mouth of Carnarvon Gorge.

An ideal sole destination for your holiday or part of an extended tour of the Queensland outback or your Aussie adventure. Takarakka is just over 700km northwest of Brisbane and around 400km southwest of Rockhampton. It’s halfway between Roma and Emerald just off the A7 Carnarvon Highway and very well sign-posted from either direction.

How to find us

It’s a scenic 40km drive in from the A7 Carnarvon Highway between our nearest towns of Rolleston (100km to the north) and Injune (150km to the south), just look out for our distinctive black & orange Takarakka signs on the way in. We strongly recommend that our guests refuel / top up at either of these towns prior to arrival as fuel is not available in Carnarvon Gorge.

If you time your trip well, you’ll arrive & have set up house in time for our daily 4pm Bush bar & 5pm Info session to learn how to get the absolute most from your stay. Remember check in time is 12 noon for powered & unpowered sites and 2pm for all accommodation bookings.

Approximate town distances are as follows:

  • Rolleston 100km
  • Injune 150km
  • Springsure 170km
  • Emerald 240km
  • Roma 240km
GPS Coordinates: 25°04’13.9″S 148°16’10.2″E

Road conditions

This is classed as an all-vehicle road and is 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 good news is that the entire road in to the national park is now fully sealed – bitumen all the way, and this greatly improves access in all weather.

After extremely heavy rain it’s possible for our creek to flood temporarily, although this is a rarity.

You need to be very aware of wildlife, particularly if driving early morning or late afternoon. Kangaroos and wallabies can jump out at any time, and much of the road is unfenced, so watch out as the local cattle are often unwilling to move from the road!

All road rules and National Park regulations apply within Takarakka, and road condition reports can be accessed by phoning Takarakka on 07 4984 8484.

Local map

Takarakka Bush Resort, Carnarvon Gorge, local map

Local weather

The Carnarvon Range generates its own weather system, so our local weather can be vastly different to the surrounding areas. The below Rolleston weather forecast should be used as an indication only.

If there’s been big rain in the area and you have concerns, please call us on 07 4984 8484 for the latest update as often neighbouring towns receive significant rain and Carnarvon Gorge remains dry. If you’re booked to arrive, we’ll email to advise if there are issues that may impact your drive in.

 When to visit

The best time to visit Carnarvon Gorge is between April to September when the weather is cooler and generally dryer. Those lower temperatures are perfect for walking, although in winter the nights can be a bit chilly, so bring a jacket, maybe an extra blanket and snuggle up.

Rainfall is higher in summer and the days are warmer, so set off early in the morning on your walk days. The park is quieter at this time which can be pretty special as well.

Below are average temperatures (Celsius) for Carnarvon Gorge and please remember these are guidelines only, as of course mother nature does what she will with the weather!

  • Autumn – Daily averages 25 – 30, overnight minimum 8 – 14
  • Winter – Daily averages 19 – 24, overnight minimum 3 – 5 (can drop to freezing)
  • Spring – Daily averages 28 – 35, overnight minimum 8 – 16
  • Summer – Daily averages 31 – 36, overnight minimum 14 – 19

Whenever you choose to visit, our Taka team will go out of their way to make your visit a wonderful experience.

any time is Taka time.