“The natural beauty of Cania Gorge’s spectacular bright coloured sandstone cliffs and fern-covered pools has attracted visitors for many decades.
Cania Gorge is an ancient place. The gorge was carved out of sandstone by the slow action of water. About 200 million years ago this area was part of a low plain. Over time, the sand and other sediments were compressed into layers of rock, including one known as Precipice Sandstone. Then, about 50 million years ago, forces under the Earth’s crust tilted the layers slightly and caused them to crack, creating a fault line. Run-off from rainwater began to seep southward along the fault-line, eroding the Precipice Sandstone.
Cania Gorge National Park is the closest park to the coast in which you can see the sandstone landscapes of central Queensland. To the west, Isla Gorge, Expedition and Carnarvon National Parks all offer rugged and diverse sandstone landscapes waiting to be explored.
Put on your walking shoes and discover Cania Gorge national Park!
Walk in the morning or afternoon—it is the best time to see more of Cania Gorge’s interesting wildlife. Take time to stop, look and listen. The hidden sights and sounds of the park will reveal themselves to you. Look up at the cliffs above where a peregrine falcon or wedge-tailed eagle may be soaring. At Dripping Rock or The Overhang, listen for the sound of water slowly eroding sandstone. In the wet, choruses of frogs can be heard near creeks. Rustling noises in the dry rainforest are often caused by birds or reptiles, which you may see if you are quiet. In the side-gorges, the echoing calls of sulphur-crested cockatoos or currawongs are often heard.
Towering cliffs, ancient caves and sheltered gorges are highlights of this park, which preserves a valuable remnant of the Brigalow Belt, Aboriginal freehand art and varied habitats for wildlife.
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