At the southern end of the Dawson Range, Isla Gorge National Park protects spectacular sandstone scenery in the Central Highlands. Here, among a complex maze of gorges, sandstone outcrops and striking rock formations change colour throughout the day.
Isla Gorge Lookout is the ideal spot to watch the sunset over the orange-coloured cliffs of the gorge. From the picnic area, you follow a rough trail to the lookout over Isla Gorge and the valley below.... more
The plateau has brilliant wildflower displays in spring. From the lookout you can see wedge-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons soaring above the gorge or honeyeaters splurging on wattle, eucalypt, boronia and grevillea flowers from mid-winter to summer. Take your binoculars and look for whiptail wallabies and grey kangaroos in the valley below.... less
Stay well back and be careful as cliff edges may crumble. Only very experienced and well-equipped walkers should descend into the gorge. Get advice from the ranger beforehand.
Take a map and let someone responsible know of your plans. Take water. Creek flow is seasonal.
April to October is the best time to visit the park as rain during summer months can make access difficult and daytime temperatures can reach 45 degrees. See beautiful wildflowers in winter and spring.
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