National Parks

Take your time to explore the open spaces and hidden crevices of our national parks, including Carnarvon Gorge, Blackdown Tableland, and Minerva Hills. Enjoy spectacular views from towering sandstone cliffs or wander through twisting gorges to discover rock art, tumbling waterfalls and abundant wildlife.

Blackdown Tableland National Park: Rising abruptly above the surrounding plains, it is a cool oasis. Covering approximately 47,950 hectares, this sandstone plateau boasts colourful wildlife, spectacular views and a range of nature-based activities. Find out more.

Carnarvon National Park: Over millions of years, water has eroded a deep and dramatic gorge system within the layers of soft, white sandstone โ€“ creating majestic cliffs that change colour with the movement of the sun. Carnarvon Creek flows all year, giving life to a luxuriant growth of ferns, palms, shrubs and trees. Find out more.

Minerva Hills National Park: Spectacular jagged peaks dotted with ancient Zamia palms provide the scenic backdrop to this national park. Enjoy panoramic views over the surrounding countryside from easy-to-access lookouts, including Fredโ€™s Gorge. There are several walking trails and opportunities for mountain biking. Camping is not permitted inside the park but there’s a free site close-by at Lion’s Park, Springsure. Find out more.

Nuga Nuga National Park: Offers bush camping area on the bank of Lake Nuga Nuga. Note: there are no visitor facilities. Part of Arcadia Valley, which is nestled between the Expedition and Carnarvon Ranges.

To buy a camping permit or to find out more about our region’s national parks, call into the Central Queensland Highlands Visitor Information Centre or go to

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