Big Bend Walk
Bidjara and Karingbal Country

5 h 30 min to 9 h

19.4 km
return

↑ 420 m
↓ -420 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Carnarvon Gorge car park and camping area, this walk takes you past Visitors Centre. Follow the Carnarvon Creek across its many stepping stones to the Big Bend camping area and the bend itself. The large stone massive, formed by the water, is a view like no other. You can make it an overnight walk by staying at the camp or retrace your steps to the start. Let us begin by acknowledging the Bidjara and Karingbal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2021.
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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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-25.0602544,148.2376687)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Carnarvon Highway, A7, Rewan.
  • Turn on to Wyseby Road, 2 then drive for 18.1 km
  • Turn left onto Obriens Road and drive for another 25.5 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 55 m
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Track Notes
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Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 50 m pass the BBQ (20 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 40 m continue straight.
After another 105 m pass the toilet (8 m on your right).
After another 55 m pass the pay phone (35 m on your left).
Turn right, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 65 m cross the ford.
Then cross the stepping stones (about 30 m long)
Then cross the ford.
After another 15 m cross the ford.
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.
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)
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" (110 m on your left).
tiered ladder
tiered ladder

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At the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Amphitheatre Walk continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 320 m cross the ford.
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.
After another 225 m (at the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Art Gallery Walk) continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 65 m cross the ford.
After another 60 m cross the ford.
After another 205 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m cross the ford.
After another 530 m cross the ford.
After another 20 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m cross the ford.
After another 500 m cross the ford.
After another 60 m cross the ford.
After another 35 m cross the ford.
After another 170 m cross the ford.
After another 15 m cross the ford.
After another 8 m cross the ford.
After another 590 m cross the ford.
After another 35 m cross the ford.
After another 80 m cross the ford.
After another 140 m cross the ford.
After another 35 m cross the ford.
After another 195 m cross the ford.
After another 60 m cross the ford.
After another 180 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m cross the ford.
After another 35 m cross the ford.
After another 125 m cross the ford.
After another 10 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m cross the ford.
After another 250 m cross the ford.
After another 10 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m cross the ford.
After another 220 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m cross the ford.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Cathedral Cave Walk) continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 95 m cross the ford.
After another 10 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of Big Bend Walk & Boowinda Gorge continue straight, to head along Big Bend Walk.
After another 25 m cross the ford.
After another 50 m cross the ford.
After another 270 m cross the ford.
After another 15 m cross the ford.
After another 30 m cross the ford.
After another 30 m come to "Big Bend walkers' camp".
There is a fee to use this campsite.
About 75 m past the end is a toilet.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 9.7 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Big Bend Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 19.4 km
Time 5 h 30 min to 9 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 9.7 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 4.9 km apart with the largest gap of 9.7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
195 m[toilet]
Toilet
3.2 km[toilet]
Camp site
9.7 kmBig Bend walkers' camp
Toilet
9.7 km[toilet]
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