Isla Gorge National Park

Isla Gorge National Park is located on the traditional lands of the Wulli Wulli and Jiman Aboriginal people at the southern end of Dawson Ranges, between the townships of Theodore and Tarooma, 415km northwest of Brisbane. The national park has two areas open to visitors – the Flagstaff Section and the Isla Gorge Lookout. The main features of the park is the sandstone which has eroded to form cliffs and the gorge.

Isla Gorge National Park

Isla Gorge National Park

We drove from Theodore where we are camped and headed out to the Flagstaff Section a 45 minute drive through cattle station country. (We recommend following the national parks directions here.)

At the Flagstaff Section we did both walking trails – The Hand Paved Road and Glenmoral Lookout. Both are classified as a grade 4 track due to unevenness and some steep sections. Each track is said to take 45 minutes each but we did both (combined) easily within 30 minutes.

Hand Paved Road

Hand Paved Road

The Hand Paved Road was originally built from the port in Rockhampton to Roma to transport goods by bullock and wagons. Built in 1863 the road was used up until 1930s at which time a new road had opened. There is a small section of the paved road still in fairly good repair, we walked the track to see it.

Glenmoral Lookout

Glenmoral Lookout

Echidna at Isla Gorge, Queensland

Echidna at Isla Gorge, Queensland

The track out to the Glenmoral Lookout was a fairly flat dirt track. At the lookout we enjoyed the views before following an old vehicle track which looped back around to where our car was parked. Along the vehicle track we were fortunate to see an echidna.

We then left the Flagstaff section, drove back out to the Leichhardt Highway and drove further along the highway for another 30 kms to the Isla Gorge Lookout entry to the national park. On this drive, before reaching the highway we saw an emu.

The Isla Gorge Lookout is a 10 min walk each way along a track that follows a ridge giving fantastic views from both sides. The views speak for themselves. There is also a campground, toilets and a picnic area.

Isla Gorge Lookout track

Isla Gorge Lookout track

Views from the Isla Gorge Lookout

Views from the Isla Gorge Lookout

Isla Gorge Lookout

Isla Gorge Lookout

Afterwards we headed back home to our camp in Theodore but not without getting a flat tyre.

Flat Tyre

Flat Tyre

 

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Welcome to Our Wayfaring Life blog. We are Daryl, Emma and Chika living in our caravan traveling Australia. Daryl is a golfer and keen traveller. He has since we moved our life onto the road permanently discovered he has a love of cooking and taken up reading. Emma is the article writer for this blog (most of the time). Emma has a background in child protection work and while she likes to think she was able to create some positive changes for children and their families, she welcomes the chance to leave her career to travel and blog. Chika is a six year old border collie with reactive fear towards other dogs (makes traveling with her just that little bit more interesting) and anxieties associated with some sounds. Regardless life on the road has turned out to be brilliant for Chika and she LOVES it.