Kennedy Range National Park
Kennedy Range National Park is located 233km northeast of Carnarvon. The main access road, Woolwagon Pathway, is on the eastern side of the park. It is unsealed however suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles taking it easy. The park entrance is 50km north of Gascoyne Junction and all roads are unsealed.
Kennedy Range National Park is quite small and the points of interest are easily explored in a day. The views of the ranges on the way in are remarkable. They differ in appearance, some flat on top, others rather bulbous. The colours are impressive with layers of oranges and reds and once you venture into the gorges an array of purples, yellows, browns and whites become apparent.
Drapers Gorge Trail is a 2km return moderate walk requiring fitness. The track is very rocky and there is plenty of loose rubble. You have to climb up into the gorge and walk along rock ledges. Waterfalls and rock pools are evident along the gorge and would be spectacular after heavy rains. The gorge is usually dry and may not even be accessible after rains due to road conditions and closure. The gorge is very scenic with its unique rock formations. The suggested time to allow is 2 hours, however depending on fitness, temperature and how often you stop the time can be more than halved. Pit toilet located here.
Temple Gorge Trail is a 2km return easy to moderate walk. The rocky track meanders through the gorge and reaches a fork underneath the aptly named “Temple” rock face. The left trail is relatively easy and explores more of the gorge’s scenery. The right trail requires climbing over boulders and tree limbs and is more difficult, ending at a seasonal rock pool. The suggested time to allow is 2 hours for the 2 combined tracks, however again depending on fitness, temperature and how often you stop the time can be more than halved. A camp ground and pit toilet is located at this gorge.
Honeycomb Gorge Trail is a 600m return easy walk over a rugged surface. The gorge is spectacular and you will not be disappointed with the honeycomb-like rock face at the end. The eroded cavities are so unique and very impressive and the resemblance is fascinating. This gorge is well worth exploring. Pit toilet located here.
Sunrise View is exactly as it sounds…the perfect spot to take in the Kennedy Range at sunrise. With the sun rising in the east the range is free of shadows and the timing impeccable to enjoy the contrasting colours along the range. No facilities here.
There are no water supplies within the national park so come prepared. The temperatures can become extremely hot here particularly in the warmer months. Camping is only permitted at Temple Gorge. Alternatively there is a free camp 3km south of the Kennedy Range National Park turnoff. Lyons River camp area is on the Woolwagon Pathway beside the riverbed which is generally dry. It’s a small area set amongst river gums and is not suitable for caravans.
The scenery in Kennedy Range National Park is pleasantly surprising and we’re glad we took the time to explore the area.
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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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