Karijini National Park is located in the Pilbara Region
only 50km from Tom Price and about 1600km north of Perth
. Featuring gorges, waterfalls and rock pools this park is a delightful gem in the middle of Iron Ore country.
Dales Gorge is truly spectacular and there is much to explore. From the top of the gorge you can see Fortescue Falls in the distance below. A 400m trail with descending steps takes you to the falls. A further 150m past Fortescue falls is Fern Pool which is a gorgeous green pool fed by two waterfalls and surrounded by trees and other greenery. The area has decking, seating and plenty of shade and is a great place to swim and relax. Head back via Fortescue Falls and continue the other way about 1km through Dales Gorge to Circular Pool which is very picturesque (this can also be viewed from a lookout, the walk is moderate) with a gorgeous rock face covered with ferns surrounding the pool.
can be viewed from the lookout just a short walk from the car park or you can walk down into the gorge, which is a relatively easy 3km return trip. The end of the gorge has a natural amphitheatre appearance.
Knox Gorge is very scenic with fiery red rock faces. The lookout is not far from the car park if you’re only after the view, or if you’re up for the walk it is 2km return to the first pool and moderately difficult. Any further than the pool is by abseiling with a guide.
Oxer Lookout has a spectacular view of four gorges meeting – Weano, Hancock, Joffre and Red Gorges. The walk is 800m return and the scenery is breathtaking. This lookout is said to be one of the most stunning in Pilbara country.
Weano Gorge is a relatively easy 1km return walk to Handrail Pool. Descend down the steps into the gorge and continue between the fiery red rock faces, you may have to brave the chilly water, depending on conditions. Handrail Pool is a nice spot for a swim. If you plan on continuing past the pool you must be fit and careful as the walk gets considerably more difficult. We suggest notifying the ranger before proceeding.
Hamersley Gorge is quite unique with colourful rock faces along the sides of the gorge and polished boulders in the middle creating pools and even a natural slippery slide for the kids. Walk past the rock pools and you’ll find Spa Pool, a cave-like swimming hole being fed by small falls. Continue further into the gorge and you’ll reach pools of gorgeous blue-green water with reflections of the surrounding boulders and trees. The walk is 1km and moderate towards the end of the gorge. There is also a lookout near the car park with 360 degree views of the area and the gorge below.
Hancock Gorge is stunning however quite a difficult walk. You’ll be hugging rock faces and maneuvering like a spider between the walls as you make your way down this steep narrow gorge. Kermit’s Pool is the reward at the end and to get to the bottom of the pool you’ll need climbing equipment or an experienced guide. The walk is 1.5km return.
There are two campgrounds in Karijini National Park, Dales Campground and Savannah Campground, camping fees and park entry permits apply. We highly recommend dropping into the Visitor’s Centre to collect maps and information before exploring this stunning national park.
Alternative camping outside the national park is at Munjina (Auski) Roadhouse on the corner of Great Northern Highway and the Wittenoom turn off northeast of Karijini. Fees apply and dogs are welcome.
A free camp known as the RIP Rest Area is on the Tom Price North Rd approximately 19km northeast of Tom Price. The large parking area overlooks some picturesque ranges and is surrounded by rocks of all shapes and sizes with personal tributes to past away loved ones. It is a very unique camp site which we always return to when visiting the area. Dogs are welcome.
The best time to visit Karijini is between May and September when the days are mild making comfortable conditions for walking and camping. This extraordinary park in the middle of mining country will not disappoint.
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Destinations in Western Australia
Cape Le Grand
Cape Range National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
Fitzgerald River National Park
Gibb River Road
Kalbarri National Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Porongurup National Park
Port Denison Dongara
Torndirrup National Park
Wellington National Park
William Bay National Park
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