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1. It’s Happy Hour every day at 4pm at Takarakka Bush Resort. Head to the authentically Aussie Taka Bush Bar for reduced-price drinks, to meet your fellow campers, and sit around and spin a yarn, while enjoying a hard-earned coldie or two. There’s even the Taka “Toot” or toilet nearby, so you don’t need to venture far when Mother Nature calls.
2. Want to know more about the gorge after dark? Australian Nature Guides also runs a Night Safari, their most popular tour, where you have a good chance of spotting a glider, owl and echidna, accompanied by Michelle and Simon’s expert commentary.
3. Every day at 12pm, 2pm and 5pm, join the Taka Team for an information session about the gorge. It’s a handy way to get your bearings when you’ve first arrived or to learn more about anything you may have witnessed during your visit.
4. Searching for a spectacular overview of the area? Take a helicopter ride with the crew of Heli-Central over nearby Moolyamber Gorge, soaring over the sandstone towers of the “two sisters” and “three sisters” and giant ferns in the gullies below.
5. Australian Nature Guides have been trekking the gorge for the past 20 years and are a wealth of knowledge. Join Michelle and Simon on their tours, which include home-made cake and brewed coffee.
6. Join astronomy enthusiast and Takarakka Bush Resort manager Phil Porter for his Guide to the Galaxy tours, held five nights a week on a special platform near the resort.
7. Did somebody say roast night? Takarakka Bush Resort employs some creative chefs and each Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday it holds a Roast Dinner. Book and pay early to avoid the disappointment of missing out on two types of roast, plenty of vegetables, gravy and the likes of apple crumble for dessert. All served on the convivial atmosphere of the timber deck.
8. For those who are looking for an interpretative walk into Carnarvon Gorge, take Takarakka’s Wilderness Wander, held four days a week, departing at 8am.
9. There’s no television and limited internet access out at Carnarvon Gorge but you can join the Taka Team for a free movie, four nights a week at 7:30pm, staged in the great outdoors.
10. Back at Takarakka, there’s a couple of lovely do-it-yourself activities including heading down to the platypus pool at dawn or dusk to view these shy monotremes. At sunset, take the short walk up the hill to the Lookout, and be rewarded with the gorge’s gorgeous changing colours.