Karijini National Park (North West WA)

Living in this remote part of the country truly has its advantages when you love adventure and photography. One of my favourite weekend getaways is heading out to the spectacular Karijini National Park.


Highlights

  • stunning gorges and waterfalls
  • mouthwateringly delicious wild swimming opportunities
  • towering rock formations

Karijini is made up of 7 stunning gorges; Dales, Joffre, Knox, Hancock, Weano, Kalamina and Hamersley Gorge, each having something different to offer. Trail difficulties range from class 2 up to class 5. Karijini truly has something for everyone.

Fortescue Falls (Dales Gorge) is the easiest of walks, with stairs installed to make it kid friendly. This gorge is also accessible by 2wd.

Looking for something more adventurous Handrail Pool (Weano Gorge) is for you. Although it is only 1 km long this gorge provides plenty of challenges including climbing down rocks to get to the bottom of the pool. It is well worth it once you lie back in the cool water of Handrail Pool and look up at the towering rock formations.

For photography enthusiasts Hancock Gorge is a must see. Climbing through Spiders Walk through to the stunning Kermit Pool.  You could spend hours here taking photos of the unusual but stunning rock formations.

Karijni is in the middle of the Pilbara as such temperatures can be unforgiving in the summer months, between 35 – 45 degrees Celsius. However don’t let this turn you away, the end of summer can be one of the best times to go! The water holes are full from the wet season, the water is cool and refreshing and the park is empty. The only downside is it can be a bit sticky at night. If heat is an issue, winter is always an option, however be sure to book, as it is always busy with grey nomads.

Essential Gear

  • Swag or Tent – Though for those that like glamping there is options to stay in the Eco Tents.
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunnies
  • Plenty of water – No fresh water available in the gorges.
  • Togs and towel – plenty of amazing swim holes.
  • Go pro or water proof camera
  • Tripod – Fantastic opportunity for night photography.
  • Bushmans spray– Midgees can be bad during the wet season.
  • Food – there is a restaurant at the Eco resort, which is worth checking out.
  • Coins to pay park fee

Activities

  • Bush walking
  • Swimming
  • Photography
  • Camping
  • Abseiling
  • Canyoning

Facilities

  • Drop toilets around the park.
  • Flushing toilets at Eco Resort.
  • Eco resort – camping facilities, power, glamping options.
  • Shade and tables throughout the park.
  • Roads are usual fairly good so you don’t need a 4wd however it is recommended especially if there has been rain. Roads can be washed out.
  • Generators are permitted.
  • Visitor Centre – worth dropping in to find out about any changes or current hazards in any of the gorges.

How To Get There

Karijini is located; 352km hours east of Port Hedland, 283km west of Newman, 1475km north of Perth.  There are hire car facilities at both Port Hedland and Newman.

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