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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Isla Gorge National Park, QLD.

Views from the Isla Gorge Campground.
After leaving Blackdown Tablelands National Park we drove to Isla Gorge National Park. As we climbed the range towards the turn off we saw a sign stating that there had been 8 caravan accidents in the last 5 years. Little wonder, we thought, when we saw the turnoff. There is no turning lane and the turn is very sharp as the entrance road effectively doubles back and runs parallel to the highway.

I took this photo (facing south)  on the way out to show how sharp the turn off is when coming from the north.

The views from the car park, lookout, Day Use Area and one end of the campground are absolutely stunning. 

Welcome shade was found in the picnic shelter which has an amazing view.
Prime spot with a view in the Isla Gorge Camping Area.

We had planned to camp here, however, we changed our mind because it was very hot in the middle of the day and the dusty and rocky surface was not inviting for tent camping. I'm sure the sunrises and sunsets are mind blowing though.

The main camping area.
There are a couple of short unformed walking tracks to explore. We saw Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring over the sandstone gorge.

Walking track along a ridge; views all around.
View to the south.

Details for Isla Gorge Camping Area:
Where:  524 km north-west of Brisbane. Turn off from the Leichhardt Hwy is approximately 60 km north-east of Taroom or from the north it is 39 km south-west of Theodore, QLD. Please note the caution below.
Access: 1.3 km of unsealed road from the turnoff. Can be reached by all rigs in dry weather.
Bookings and Fees: Self-registration on arrival or book online prior to arrival.
Facilities: Day Use Area with covered picnic shelter, tap (non-potable water), lookout and parking. Composting toilets shared by campground. Fire rings (BYO wood). No phone reception. BYO water. Class 4 walking track to natural lookout.
Sites: Undefined sites. Dirt and gravel with rocky hard surface.
Prohibited: Generators. Pets.
What's Special: Amazing views.
Caution: Coming from the north the turn off from the highway is very sharp (practically a U turn) and there is no turning lane. Extreme caution required.

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