Queensland has a huge number of lesser known attractions that are really stunning, and a visit to Copperfield Gorge in Einasleigh reminded me of this once again.
We’d mapped out a stay at Jardine Station (which is truly magic), but didn’t realised that meant we’d be within 20km of Copperfield Gorge, which was a really picturesque place to walk around for an hour or so.
Where is Copperfield Gorge?
This beautiful Gorge is located right in Einasleigh, and is literally walking distance from the hotel, which is really the centre of town.
Do you need a 4WD to get there?
No, you don’t, although the roads can be quite corrugated depending on which way you come from. If you come from the north past Jardine Station, the road is pretty good, and whilst it had a bit of water in places it was relatively smooth and easy.
Heading out south though, the road was quite a bit worse, and I felt grateful that we were in a 4WD, with lowered tyre pressures to take some of the nasty shock away.
What does it cost?
This gorge is completely free, and you can spend as much time here as you’d like.
What’s the gorge like?
Every single gorge that we’ve been to in Queensland is different, and Copperfield is no exception. This is a massive rock array that you can walk along the top of, right next to the drop off into the gorge. There’s a small waterfall up one end, with a beach at the other.
You’ll see a number of freshwater crocodiles, fish and birds in the area, and its got a dark green glow that is quite unique.
We had a lot of fun walking up and down the top, and could have spent a lot longer if we’d gone down to the beaches and messed around.
Can you swim at Copperfield Gorge?
This place looks absolutely magic to swim, and I’m told that the locals do exactly that. There’s a number of places you can get down to the water, and I’m sure plenty of people would enter via the rocks as well, at a bit more speed.
There are fresh water crocodiles here, but they will leave you alone if you do the same.
As always, swim at your own risk, but its a magic place!