Carnarvon Gorge & The Great Inland Way
Cycling across the roof of Queensland
Soak up the natural and cultural diversity of inland Queensland on this exclusive bicycle tour along the Great Inland Way.
On this fascinating journey you’ll cycle through some of Australia’s most spectacular landscapes, past sandstone cliffs, through ancient cycad forests and alongside rolling grasslands.
You’ll also spend two full days exploring Carnarvon Gorge, a cool lush oasis in the outback complete with one of Australia’s finest examples of Aboriginal stencil rock art, breathtaking vistas, and plenty of wildlife.
From Murray Darling Basin country, across the Great Dividing Range and into the Fitzroy Basin, you’ll be struck at the variety of landscapes and the intriguing stories they have to tell.
You’ll be struck by the Mulga difference. All of our bike tours are achievable by the average cyclist with a focus on the journey, not on the clock.
What is included:
- Accommodation in 3 or 4 star properties
- All meals (except dinner on Day 3 in Roma)
- End of tour dinner
- Day and night walking tours at Carnarvon Gorge
- Hot/cold drinks and copious snacks from the support vehicle
- Daily photos to capture your memories
- Daily maps and elevation profiles
- Support vehicles provided every day - ride as much or as little as you please
- Custom built support trailer for careful and safe carriage of your bike and luggage
- Luggage transfer between your accommodation
- UHF radio link between yourself and the support vehicle
- Mechanical support (limited spares)
- Tour guides - the owners of Mulga Bicycle Tours are with you every day
Short on time? ... Join us in Roma on Day 4
TRAVEL CONNECTIONS to St George, Roma and Emerald. Find out more ...
The tour begins at St George, a peaceful rural town perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, considered by many to be the best inland fishing spot in Queensland. St George is a service town for a large number of agricultural activities including cotton, wheat, grapes, peanuts, fruit and vegetables as well as sheep and cattle.
We’ll meet at the Merino Motel for our pre-tour checks before taking a short ride to Riversands Wines, the most western vineyard in Queensland. Enjoy a tasting or two, then relax in the garden café with your choice of afternoon tea.
We’ll then return through St George’s wide, tree-lined streets and historic buildings to prepare for a group dinner and pre-tour briefing.
Heading upstream from St George to Surat, today we’ll travel through open woodland as we follow the route of the very last Cobb & Co service in Australia. This is the longest leg on the tour but don’t worry, with its gentle undulations it’s a very achievable ride. And of course, our support vehicle is always there if you need a rest.
- Cobb & Co Country Motel
Today we’ll continue north through grasslands and open woodlands. On our way we’ll see plenty of Queensland Bottle Trees, all impressive, but wait until you see the size of the one in Roma!
As well as some very large bottle trees, Roma is home to the largest yard sales in the southern hemisphere. Over 12,000 head of cattle can be sold in a single day. Roma is also the birthplace of Australia’s oil and gas industry. With the growing demand for natural gas you’ll see evidence of strong industry development throughout the region.
Continuing on the Great Inland Way we’ll take a gentle climb to Injune, also known as the Gateway to Carnarvon. The route is brimming with signs of the region’s thriving industries; timber, oil and gas, and of course cattle. Keep an eye out for the stock routes crisscrossing the highway.
Injune is a quaint yet flourishing country town, full of fascinating history, spectacular views and beautiful landscapes. Tucked at the foot of the Carnarvon Range, it’s also an ideal base for exploring the magnificent terrain leading towards Carnarvon Gorge.
- Injune Motor Inn
There are 151 kilometres between Injune and Carnarvon Gorge, so we’ll cycle about half way today before returning to Injune in the support vehicles.
You’ll be captivated by the area’s outstanding natural beauty, with its picturesque grasslands, woodlands and forest. And we’ll finish on a high, the last 18km is mostly downhill through sandstone cliffs and bluffs, open eucalypt and ancient cycad forests.
We’ll then return to Injune in the support vehicles to complete the journey to Carnarvon Gorge tomorrow.
- Injune Motor Inn
Our morning begins in the support vehicles to return to where we left off yesterday.
Once on the bikes, we’ll leave behind the red and orange sandstone cliffs and journey across the relatively flat plains towards Carnarvon Gorge National Park.
With its towering white sandstone cliffs, winding gorges, ancient rock art and remnant pockets of rainforest, Carnarvon Gorge is a natural and cultural paradise, one we’ll explore on foot over the coming days. We’ll finish at our accommodation, the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge
Today is an all-important rest day. Take a refreshing dip in the pool, say hello to the resident wildlife, or take the 3km walk from the Lodge to Baloon Cave to see some Aboriginal stencil art.
Or you could choose to do nothing at all.
And when night falls, it’s time for another adventure. The Carnarvon Night Safari Tour. With help from Australian Nature Guides, and with binoculars at the ready, we’ll look high and low for the Gorge’s nocturnal wildlife. This includes gliders, owls, frogs, microbats and possibly platypus.
Lace up your walking shoes and get set to further explore the Gorge (this time in daylight!).
Australian Nature Guides will lead us on the Lower Gorge Explorer Walk, an easy 14km walk along the Gorge floor. Crisscrossing Carnarvon Creek on stepping stones, this tour includes the very best of Carnarvon Gorge. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Amphitheatre, a hidden grotto within towering sandstone walls. Take a breather at the Moss Garden, a hidden waterhole which looks as if it’s straight from a fairy tale. Discover the meanings behind the Gorge’s 4,000-year-old rock art, one of the finest examples of Aboriginal stencil art in Australia.
We’ll start the day in the support vehicles and drive the 40kms to the Carnarvon Highway.
Once back on the bikes, we’ll pass through a mix of open grassland and forest as we head down the east side of the Great Dividing Range. Our destination? Rolleston, a tiny, quiet village in the Central Highlands. Enjoy a drink at the Rolleston Hotel, or get your caffeine-fix at the quirky Coffee Cart in Beazley Park.
Today we’ll farewell the Carnarvon Highway and continue north-west on the Dawson Highway. We’ll pass the Rolleston Coal Mine and then journey through naturally treeless plains, also known as Bluegrass Downs Grasslands.
These grasslands were once a beckoning proposition for pioneer graziers. And whilst many have been overtaken with pasture grass, we’ll see some excellent examples of the grasslands in their original glory - including some rare plant species - as we head into Springsure.
This charming town is nestled below the dramatic Minerva Hills, remnants of ancient volcanic eruptions. Stretch your legs with a walk and enjoy the spectacular views.
The final leg of our tour takes us from Springsure to Emerald.
Leaving Springsure we’ll be in prime position to admire the landscape, the volcanic peaks and domes of Minerva Hills National Park.
Passing through scrub and farmland on the Gregory Highway, we’ll make our way into Emerald. This is a service town for many industries in the region including cotton, grain, coal and even gem mining.
We’ll finish the day with an end of tour celebration dinner.
Today your tour ends at checkout.
There are a few options for your return home:
- Fly – QANTAS or Virgin Australia.
- Train – Spirit of the Outback
- Bus – Bus Queensland Outback Connections
We recommend you book early to get the cheapest fares.
Or if you just can’t get enough, you are welcome to join us for the next Queensland tour on our schedule: a 10-day biking journey from Cairns to Karumba. With even more spectacular scenery, intriguing wildlife and fascinating stories, this is another incredible cycling adventure.
- Your booking fee is not refundable, but is transferrable with at least 61 days’ notice.
- Guests are responsible for choosing a trip that suits their abilities, fitness level, and state of health. See How Mulga Bicycle Tours Grades Its Tours for more information.
- A list of mandatory safety equipment that you must bring with you on tour can be found in section 10 of our Terms and Conditions. We will ask to see your safety equipment prior to the commencement of the tour and we may also check it during the tour. If an item is missing or we form the view that a safety item does not comply, we may decide to exclude you from joining the tour or riding until you have acquired the necessary safety item or it has been serviced or recharged.
- Unfortunately we are unable to delay the start of the tour for anyone who does not have the appropriate safety equipment.
- Guests are also responsible for ensuring they are adequately and appropriately prepared both physically and mentally for the tour. If you have any health issues or doubts prior to the tour, you should seek appropriate medical advice and contact us.
- We make every effort to stick to our plans, but tour details, such as accommodation, menus, and sometimes routes, are subject to change.
- Guests must read all correspondence and information provided by Mulga Bicycle Tours before and during their tour.
- You may choose to hire a bicycle from us. The price of hire will be added to the tour price.