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When building itineraries, there are a few tips that can make a big difference to your experience.
One Day Stay for Sane People.
With only one day in the Gorge, we recommend following the itinerary we use for our Lower Gorge Explorer tour. Visit the Art Gallery, Wards Canyon, the Amphitheatre, and the Moss Gardens. The round trip is about 14.5km and takes in the greatest diversity of experiences possible in that distance. It is mostly flat walking with 22 creek crossings and is well within the capabilities of the vast majority of visitors to the Gorge.
One Day Stay for Masochists.
If you love your walking and only have one day, get up early in the morning and hike up to Boolimba Bluff before tackling the itinerary outlined in the previous paragraph. This will add a great view over the Gorge to the rest of the experiences, as well as an extra 7.2 kilometres and 930 stairs to the walk's statistics.
Two Day Stay for Sane People.
Tackle the One Day Stay for Most People and then on the other day visit the sites in the gorge Mouth; Boolimba Bluff in the morning, and Mickey Creek, Warrumbah Gorge, the Nature Trail, the Rockpool and Baloon Cave. It doesn't matter which itinerary you do on which day, but be aware that each day has over 10 kilometres of walking.
Two Day Stay for Masochists.
Hit all the sites in the Upper and Lower Gorge on one day; Big Bend, Boowinda Gorge, Cathedral Cave, the Art Gallery, Wards Canyon, the Amphitheatre, and the Moss Garden. Leave early and return late in the afternoon to allow time to enjoy the surroundings. Pack a torch in case sunset catches you with a few kilometres of track left, and remember the itinerary will deliver around 25km, depending on how far you walk up Boowinda Gorge. On the other day, hit the sites in the Gorge Mouth with the possible addition of a walk to the Moss Garden for lunch. Visiting a site twice might seem like a waste of time, but because of the way light works in the side gorges, if you visit the site at lunchtime it will have a dramatically different character to that of the late afternoon.
Three Day Stay for Sane People.
This itinerary is obvious; visit the sites in a different zone (Gorge Mouth, Lower Gorge, and Upper Gorge) on each day. Again, don't underestimate the distances (10+, 14.5, and 21+ kilometres respectively.
Three Day Stay for Masochists.
Follow the two day recommendations and then think about taking on one of the remote walks to either Battleship Spur or the Devil's Signpost. If you do plan to walk either of these tracks, you must contact the Rangers to fill in a remote bushwalking form and to get good advice on the condition of the tracks.
Four Day Stay (or More).
If you've been smart enough to deal yourself more than three days in the Gorge, then you'll be able to plan your stay using the above info and slot in some time to relax and let the legs recuperate.