Takarakka Bush Resort at Carnarvon Gorge in South West Queensland (north of Roma and south of Emerald) is an outback oasis with all the comforts of home.
Find yourself at Takarakka Bush Resort's beautiful Outback oasis
Takarakka sits on Bidjara Country, just a few kilometres from Carnarvon Gorge National Park, and boasts an abundance of wildlife around the entire, well-spaced out resort.
Takarakka Bush Resort on Bidjara Country is home to beautiful natural and cultural heritage
Accommodation types include studio retreats
that sleep two people, a cottage
that sleep two people, open-plan cabins
that sleep two, ensuite safari tents
that sleep 2 - 5 people, standard safari tents that sleep 2 - 6 people, and powered and unpowered caravan and tent camp sites
There are a number of accommodation options to suit travellers from all walks of life
Entering Takarakka Bush Resort is like an entrance to a complete new world. After hundreds of kilometres of arid countryside, this oasis is home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.
A wild pretty-faced wallaby joey peeking out of its mother's pouch in the campsite at Takarakka Bush Resort
Much of this wildlife is nocturnal, and one of the delights of Takarakka Bush Resort is sitting around in the evening waiting for visitors. Rufous bettongs, a type of tiny kangaroo, are often surprisingly friendly and will graze their way along the lawn right up to campers' seats at night!
Rufous bettongs hop around the campsites at night
Echidnas are also surprisingly non-wary here, and will simply waddle through your site in their search for apparently delicious ants.
Don't be surprised if an echidna waddles between your feet as you relax in the evenings!
Takarakka is famous for their resident platypus who live along Carnarvon Creek. There are a number of still pools along the length of Takarakka Bush Resort with ideal places to sit still and wait at dawn and dusk for these elusive monotremes to appear.
Seeing platypus in the wild is one of the great thrills of any stay at Takarakka Bush Resort
Takarakka Bush Resort has a surprisingly well-stocked shop with souvenirs, bread, milk, some meat, and all-important holiday staples such as ice creams. Wildlife who are being cared for and rehabilitated are also on-site at times, to the delight of many visitors.
Meeting a joey being rehabilitated at Takarakka Bush Resort
During the day, one of the large pools easily accessible from the campsite is set aside as a swimming hole that is ideal for cooling off in after one of the many stunning walks available just down the road in Carnarvon Gorge National Park
Cooling off in the clean waters of the Takarakka Bush Resort swimming hole
Many of these walks include beautiful creek crossings, visits to caverns with Aboriginal rock art, and dips into the cool of places such as the gorgeous "Moss Garden".
One of the many creek crossings in Carnarvon Gorge National Park
The nature of Carnarvon Gorge is such that a number of these stunning attractions can be visited in a single day, with a main track running along the centre of the gorge, and small detours to the various natural attractions.
The main track through the gorge has a number of off-shoots to various stunning natural and cultural attractions
The road into Carnarvon Gorge was recently upgraded, with the last 15Km of the only access road paved, making it suitable for travellers with all vehicle types to visit. Takarakka Bush Resort is well-resourced with ample, clean amenities blocks, a coin-operated laundry, and super, clean camp kitchens.
Waiting for lunch in one of Takarakka's well-maintained camp kitchens
Although all Queensland's Outback is spectacular, reaching the oasis of Takarakka Bush Resort with its superb facilities and incredible cultural heritage and natural beauty is a special moment that every Australian should experience at least once in their lives.
Whether looking for an active, hiking holiday, or a relaxing time spotting platypus, Takarakka Bush Resort has something for everyone