Getting Back to Nature

Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 

The main track at Carnarvon Gorge is 9.7 kilometres one way. With several sets of steps, many creek crossings and some gradual inclines, the track is classed as Grade 3/4 and is suitable for bushwalkers with some experience. Nine side tracks off the main track begin at various distances along the main track. The Nature Trail is the first side track and starts just past the Visitor Centre. 

When a walking track is called The Nature Trail, we would expect to see plenty of natural wonders. The trail at Carnarvon Gorge delivers all that and more!

The level track winds through open eucalypt forest beside the creek for 1.5 kilometres, beginning and ending at the main track.

The path crosses Carnarvon Creek in two places, with large flat stepping stones linking each bank.

The towering walls of sandstone on either side of the gorge create a magnificent backdrop for the creek and the bushland.

In some sections the bush gives way to stands of bushfire blackened Carnarvon fan palms. Primitive cycads, little changed in appearance since the time when dinosaurs grazed on them, grow beside the track. Both plants are endemic to this central Queensland region.

Delicate wildflowers bring splashes of colour to the bush. 

An eastern snake-necked tortoise enjoys the sun on a rock in the middle of the creek

and a pretty-faced wallaby, used to human visitors, watches with fearless curiosity. 

Bird calls fill the forest and, although they can be heard, the small birds stay hidden. Larger birds are easier to spot in the trees or close to the water. 

While the little birds are shy, the insects are not. Several types of butterfly move from one plant to the next, taking time to rest at each one. Around the creek, dragonflies dart like tiny jet planes, never resting for longer than a few seconds. 

Part way along the track, movement in amongst the fan palms catches our attention. Hundreds of Euploea climena butterflies flutter around the trees. Dozens more are clustered on the underside of the palm fronds – only moving when a gust of wind shakes them loose. 

It’s a display only nature could put on.

Joining Jude for Life in Colour – Yellow and  Jo for Monday Walks

36 thoughts on “Getting Back to Nature

  1. How very beautiful, Carol! Love the blackened tree stems, the dragonflies ‘darting line tiny jet planes’ and that flutter of butterflies blown from the trees. Wonderful! Thank you 🙂 🙂

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  2. stunning walk, and your butterfly video is just wonderful. Took me back to seeing flutters of butterflies in Australia and also California. A perfect post for a Sunday morning

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  3. I wanted to jump through my computer screen and immerse myself in your photos. the butterfly video is astounding. Are there always that many or was it a time of migration? Such a sweet wallaby. We so loved seeing them during our visit to Australia.

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  5. I see what you mean by the insects not being shy. Your video is fabulous! You taught me a new word, cycads. The butterflies reminded me of the Monarch butterfly preserve we saw at the coast. We just discovered a butterfly preserve in Prescott. It was vacant, so I guess the butterflies were all in your neck of the woods. 🙂 Have a great rest of your weekend. 🙂

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  6. Looks like you had a lovely time! My wife and I value our outdoors explorations greatly, especially while living in Los Angeles – getting away from the city life is an absolute must! Great wildlife and nature photos, are they all taken by you?

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  7. I love nature so much. It brings me freedom and peaceful. Every time I go outside in the nature, I hear birds singing, the wind blow through the leaves, and I love all of those things. It make me feel good. I love walk through the park with trees or travel to the countryside to contact with the nature.

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  8. What a special place, Carol! As I type this, the landscape outside our window is covered with snow and ice. How delightful it would be to go hiking along this nature trail and encounter wallabies, vibrant butterflies, and such incredible birds! Thank you for the warm-weather escape, if only in my mind. 🙂

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