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Aboriginal Art Gallery

3 h to 5 h

11 km
return

↑ 267 m
↓ -267 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre, Carnarvon Park, this walk takes you to an exceptional Aboriginal Art Gallery and back via the Big Bend Walk track, visiting the Moss Garden, Amphitheatre and Ward’s Canyon along the way. You’ll be dazzled as you walk along the 62-metre long wall that is full of engravings, ochre stencils and free-hand paintings. This sandstone wall has more than 2000 pieces on it, and it’s quite hard to believe they’re thousands of years old because of how fresh and new they look. The Aboriginal people of Bidjara and Karingbal surely knew how to make paint last. Don’t forget to read the information boards to fully understand the messages and meanings of the art. The Art Gallery of Carnarvon is considered to be one of the best places to view Aboriginal stencil art. Take plenty of water and avoid midday hikes in summer to have a better experience. You’ll cross the creek multiple times, so hiking boots with ankle support are recommended. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey.
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.

Getting There
Trackhead (-25.0602838,148.2354231)
Mode Car
DirectionsF

Track Notes

Getting started
From the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre, head towards the creek along the formed walking track. After crossing the said creek, keep left at the first intersection to join the Big Bend Walk. Stay on the track as it veers left and meanders along the creek(to your left) to continue along Aboriginal Art Gallery Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start heading along Big Bend Walk.
There is a toilet (about 75 m back from the start).
There is a pay phone (about 35 m back from the start).
After 105 m cross the ford.
Then cross the stepping stones (about 30 m long)
Then cross the ford.
Continue straight
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Nature Trail & Big Bend Walk) continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 1 km (at the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Boolimba Bluff Walk) continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 370 m cross the ford.
This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Moss Garden, a place that has an incredibly peaceful and stunning scenery, along with a little waterfall to add to the serenity. Details below.
Continue straight
After another 1.3 km (at the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Moss Garden Walk) continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 130 m pass the toilet (50 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 60 m cross the stepping stones (about 140 m long)
After another 320 m cross the stepping stones (about 45 m long)
This optional side trip takes you to the Amphitheatre. 60 metres deep, this acoustic rock formation presents a unique audible experience. Details below.
Veer right
After another 270 m (at the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Amphitheatre Walk) veer right, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 20 m find the "tiered ladder entity|staircase" (110 m on your left).
tiered ladder
tiered ladder
Continue straight
At the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Amphitheatre Walk continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 320 m cross the ford.
This optional side trip takes you to the Ward's Canyon. Step back in time as you're passing through the King ferns and slender tree ferns in this naturally cool spot. Details below.
Continue straight
After another 305 m (at the intersection of Ward's Canyon Walk & Big Bend Walk) continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 480 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m cross the ford.
After another 15 m cross the ford.
Turn left
After another 225 m (at the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Art Gallery Walk) turn left, to head along Art Gallery Walk.

This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Moss Garden, a place that has an incredibly peaceful and stunning scenery, along with a little waterfall to add to the serenity.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
At the intersection of Moss Garden Walk & Big Bend Walk heading along Moss Garden Walk (a walking track).
After 135 m cross the ford.
After another 55 m cross the ford.
After another 310 m cross the ford.
The end
Continue another 125 m to find the end.

This optional side trip takes you to the Amphitheatre. 60 metres deep, this acoustic rock formation presents a unique audible experience.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
At the intersection of Amphitheatre Walk & Big Bend Walk heading along Amphitheatre Walk (a walking track).
After another 10 m continue straight, to head along Amphitheatre Walk.
After another 10 m cross the ford.
After another 60 m cross the ford.
After another 60 m cross the ford.
After another 15 m find the "tiered ladder entity|staircase" (on your left).
tiered ladder
tiered ladder
The end
Continue another 195 m to find the end.

This optional side trip takes you to the Ward's Canyon. Step back in time as you're passing through the King ferns and slender tree ferns in this naturally cool spot.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
At the intersection of Ward's Canyon Walk & Big Bend Walk heading along Ward's Canyon Walk (a walking track).
The end
Continue another 265 m to find the end.
Terrain


AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 11 km
Time 3 h to 5 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.7 km apart with the largest gap of 8 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-76 m
Toilet
2.9 km



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