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As you wander through the winding trails of Carnarvon Gorge, you can’t help but notice there’s a little bit of magic in the air. It’s in the towering cliffs overhead, the wallabies nibbling nearby and the trickling creeks dotted with stepping stones. It’s in the water droplets at Moss Garden and the echos at Amphitheatre. It’s in the campfire cookouts, evenings spent stargazing and the peaceful surrounds of glamping sites. For those seeking an adventure in the heart of the Australian bush, away from well-worn tourist trails, Carnarvon Gorge has a little bit of magic for you too. Here are five reasons you should take a glamping holiday to Carnarvon Gorge.
1. Experience a beautiful location
From the second you step out of the car, the peace and tranquility of the Australian bush takes over. The gentle breeze rustling the leaves of nearby trees, the sound of trickling water in the creek and the distinct feeling there’s nowhere else you need to be right now but here. Carnarvon Gorge National Park is a wonderland of towering cliffs, rainforests and secluded side-gorges waiting to be explored. Offering visitors the chance to truly connect with the Australian bush and see something you just cannot see anywhere else, it’s a visually stunning destination. What’s more, Takarakka Bush Resort makes the perfect base camp for your outdoor adventures, nestled perfectly along the creek, surrounded by an abundance of local flora and fauna. Away from the hustle and bustle of the world, it’s an oasis of natural beauty and calm and the opportunity to reconnect with the heart of Australia.
2. There’s time for romance
The picturesque surrounds of the region make the perfect backdrop for a romantic escape. Spend your days exploring the network of trails meandering through the stunning Carnarvon Gorge. Cool off together with a relaxing swim at Rock Pool, where you can simply lay back and feel your troubles float away. Watch the sunset together on the private deck of your studio as you nibble on a cheese platter. The golden afternoon light here brings out all new colours in the leaves, sky and towering cliffs above. In the evening, reconnect with a delicious meal and a glass of wine or two. Cuddle up by the roaring campfire, toasting marshmallows and sharing tales of wild adventures and cherished childhood memories.
3. Spot local wildlife
Experience the abundance of wildlife at Takarakka Bush Resort and the Carnarvon Gorge National Park. As soon as you step out of your private studio, you’ll be greeted by friendly wallabies and kangaroos gently nibbling the grass or lazing under the shade of a tree. In the very early morning, wander down to the creek at Takarakka, sit quietly and wait to spot the platypus who call the area home. Take a stroll through the grounds of Takarakka and you may just spot an echidna bustling about. There’s an abundance of birdlife including Australian King Parrots, Cockatoos, Kookaburras and a wide variety of honeyeaters, just to name a few. Whether you’re exploring the gorge or wandering the grounds of Takarakka, there’s no shortage of unique Australian wildlife to spot.
4. Glamping is the best of both worlds
Open all-year round, Takarakka Bush Resort is the perfect combination of outdoor adventure and absolute comfort. The exclusive Kookaburra Studios are the ideal glamping experience, each one a self-contained hideaway offering privacy and luxury. After a big day of bushwalking, sprawl out on your big comfortable bed in air-conditioned comfort or watch the sunset from your private deck with a cheese platter. Wash the day away in your ensuite and cook up a campfire feast at the fully equiped kitchen, exclusive to studio guests. With knowledgable locals manning reception, a well-stocked general store and two course roast dinners in the cooler months, there’s little else to do but relax and recharge.
5. Visit a truly unique location
A visit to Carnarvon Gorge is a journey to a unique, beautiful part of Australia. Whether you’re taking in the raw, natural beauty of the towering cliffs, spotting wildlife, cuddled up by the fire or relaxing in absolute comfort, it’s an adventure unlike any other. Rather than visit the same locations as everyone else, take the time to escape somewhere different and immerse yourself in a world of wonder. Disconnect from the hubbub of everyday life and reconnect with yourself, those you love and the beauty of Australia. Journey off the well-beaten tourist trails into the heart of Queensland and create brand new travel memories.