Carnarvon Gorge – Day 4 – Part 2

Our final destination at Carnarvon Gorge was Ward’s Canyon – home to one of the world’s largest ferns.

But before we reached this final area, there were more steps to negotiate. One walker we’d spoken with the day before had said the incline and steps to reach the Amphitheatre (see my post Carnarvon Gorge – Day 2 – Part 2) were more difficult, and I have to agree, even though I was not looking forward to climbing more steps.

The trick is to take it easy, so I did, and yet, it was only a short distance ‘up’ before stepping into the canyon.

And what a treat that was. It was cool and quiet, and again, we had the entire area to ourselves which permitted us to really appreciate where we were.

Ward’s Canyon is the only home to a colony of King Ferns in central Queensland. All other colonies of these ferns are found along the coast. The canyon is also home to Tree Ferns.

It was difficult to capture the scale of the King Ferns, but I think the following photo does a reasonable job of doing so.

That’s Shelley walking past (but not next to) one of the King Ferns.
Dean and Shelley standing near a smaller King Fern.

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I just loved being in this area. Being the plant freak that I am, I was just in awe of these gorgeous ferns and was so glad I climbed those steps to reach the canyon.

Of course, we had to take a selfie before leaving this last destination behind us and commencing our 4.5 km (2.8 mi) trek back to the car.

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What a day, what an adventure.

Author: Clare

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4 thoughts

    1. Oh Nancy 🥰 we had the most amazing time over the four days we were there, but leaving Ward’s Canyon for the last place to visit was the icing on the top of the cake, and, if I had to pick one, my favourite place 🌿💚🌿

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