4 Day Carnarvon Gorge Mini Break

Total Distance: 1482 kilometres

About This Drive


Duration: 4 days
Route: Brisbane - Toowoomba - Carnarvon Gorge - Brisbane (loop)

From Brisbane, make your way to Toowoomba and check out the Cobb + Co Museum and explore Australia's largest Japanese stroll garden. Drive west to and spend 2 nights in Carnarvon Gorge National Park and see spectacular sandstone gorge vistas and ancient rainforests. Try to spot kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, and plenty of different species of birds. Head back to Brisbane with a stop in Roma and take a short stroll along the Adungadoo Trail.

Day 1: Brisbane to Toowoomba (approx. 156km)

Highlight: Cobb + Co Museum

Fly into Brisbane Airport and follow the Warrego Highway to Toowoomba or fly directly into Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Toowoomba. Make your first stop the popular Picnic Point Lookout and take in panoramic views over Main Range and Lockyer Valley. Wander the
immaculately tendered floral gardens of Queens Park and see Australia’s finest horse-drawn carriages at the nearby Cobb + Co Museum. Explore Ju Raku En, Australia’s largest Japanese stroll garden and discover Toowoomba’s thriving café culture and foodie scene.

Overnight Quest Apartments or Potters Boutique Hotel, Toowoomba

DAY 2-3: Toowoomba to Carnarvon Gorge (approx. 587km)

Highlight: Carnarvon Gorge National Park

Drive west via Chinchilla and Roma to Carnarvon Gorge National Park, an oasis in the semi-arid heart of Central Queensland. See spectacular sandstone gorge vistas, ancient rainforests and well-preserved Aboriginal rock art on tracks, classified to match bushwalking experience and fitness. Explore the beautiful Moss Garden walk with its splendid waterfall backdrop, ferns and mosses. By day, see kangaroos and wallabies around the picnic area and at night spot night echidnas and listen to the call of yellow-bellied gliders, owls and the bush stone curlew.

Stay 2 nights at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Day 4: Carnarvon Gorge to Brisbane (approx. 739km)

Highlight: Roma Big Rig

Begin with an early departure from Carnarvon Gorge for a big day of travel to Brisbane. Stretch your legs in Roma with a short stroll along the Adungadoo Trail then have a picnic lunch at Dalby’s Thomas Jack Park. Arrive in Toowoomba mid afternoon to conclude your drive or continue on to
Brisbane.

 

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