Carnarvon National Park
Enjoy views of a pristine waterfall that cascades into a rock pool nestled under lush ferns and towering cliffs.
This moderately trafficked walk branches off the Main Gorge Track in Carnarvon National Park.
Moss Garden is located 2.8 kilometres along the main gorge track and is a 650m one-way side-track involving a creek crossing and steps.
The sheltered ‘gardens’ are the perfect place to cool down when visiting the park in warmer months, with the eucalypt forest of the main track giving way to lush rainforest, moss-covered rocks and towering cliffs.
A boardwalk leads to the Moss Garden, where a small waterfall cascades over the sandstone ledge into a pristine rock pool, surrounded by ferns.
The area is a natural wonder, with the sandstone cliffs surrounding the garden soaking up rainwater like a giant sponge. Over thousands of years this water seeps down through the stone until it hits the impenetrable shale, before shifting sideways and trickling out of the walls.
It is this constant supply of moisture that sustains the lush ferns, mosses and liverworts.
Given the fragile and pristine environment, it is essential to not stray from the boardwalk.
Moss Garden is best visited as part of the main gorge track, of which there is a short version and a long version, both of which visit popular other locations such as the Amphitheatre, Art Gallery and Wards Canyon.
The only toilet on the main track is located just after the Moss Gardens side-track.
Track: The main gorge track is a mostly flat, well-maintained graded path, with occasional steps and footbridges, and large stepping-stones at each of the creek crossings. The side-track to the garden is steeper, involving steps and a creek crossing. The track is well-signed and easy to follow.
Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels with sufficient time. The creek crossings typically have large stepping-stones, but these can be slippery and may present an issue for people with balance issues. The water depth at the creek crossings is usually only ankle deep, but the rocks under the water are often very slippery. Sturdy shoes with good grip and hiking poles are highly recommended.
Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.
The trailhead is located near the Visitor Centre at the end of Carnarvon Gorge Road. The visitor centre is located 8.5 hours drive north-west of Brisbane, 7 hours drive west of Bundaberg and 3 hours north of Roma.
It is recommended to break up the drive to the park and consider the impact of fatigue on driving safety. Many of the roads leading to the park are rural roads prone to wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk.
Parking is ample at the Visitor Centre, however it can get busy during peak periods.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round. Given the nature of the terrain, the area is prone to flooding after rain. Be sure to check the Queensland Parks website for updates regarding flooding and track closures.
Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure.
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