As you stand amongst the ancient geological formations of Karijini National Park, be awestruck at the red layered cliffs that line the spectacular gorges eroded by nature over billions of years.
The Pilbara’s gum trees, termite mounds and expansive plains, gives way to picturesque gorges, refreshing waterfalls and the emerald waterholes of Karijini National Park. A soothing oasis of trees and ferns provide shady refuge as you explore the wonders of this Western Australian national park.
Whether you prefer a vigorous hike or light amble, Karijini National Park has a number of trails to suit your style. You can choose to ‘spiderwalk’ across Hancock Gorge or take a gentle stroll to admire Fern Pool or Fortescue Falls. This Pilbara playground is as accessible is as it is beautiful.
An easy stroll from the carpark and you can gaze into the junction of the four mighty gorges of Red, Weano, Joffre and Hancock. As well as exploring the many gorges, consider climbing Mt Bruce which will reward you with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
Traditionally the home of the Banjima, Kurrama and Innawonga people, the word Karijini is the Banjima name for Hamersley Range.
How to get there:
Situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, travellers can access the park from Karratha, Tom Price or Newman via sealed and unsealed roads. Please note the section of private road between Millstream Chichester Park and Tom Price requires a permit which can be obtained from the visitor centres located in Tom Price, Karratha and Roebourne.
Best Time to Visit
The ideal time to visit Karijini National Park is during Australia’s late autumn, winter and early spring. The days are warm but the nights are cold. The water in the gorge pools can be very cold between April and September.
Department of Parks and Wildlife operate Dales Gorge Campground within Karijini National Park. Karijini Eco Retreat has unpowered campsites, eco tents and a dorm eco cabin. The Karijini Visitor Centre is just off Banjima Drive and is open 9am to 4pm (April to October) and 10am to 2pm (November to March)