Millstream Chichester National Park is located about 127km southeast of Karratha and 95km east of Pannawonica via gravel road which becomes more scenic as you approach the park. The best time to visit is during the cooler months (May to August) when the scorching Pilbara heat is at a minimum. The park has several points of interest which can be explored in a day if you’re not intending to complete all the walking trails, some longer than others.
Maps, information and untreated water (boiling recommended) can be obtained at the Millstream Homestead Visitor Centre
which is generally unmanned. Wander through the homestead and be educated by the informative displays inside regarding the park’s features and the early aboriginal settlers. Walk the 750m Homestead Trail through the palms and you’ll no doubt spot a kangaroo or two. For the more energetic the Murlamunyjunha Trail leaves from the Homestead to reach Crossing Pool on the Fortescue River. The moderately difficult walk is 6.8km return and the advised time to allocate is 2 hours.
Deep Reach Pool
is the park's first point of interest, via the southern entrance station on Kanjenjie Millstream Road and is located right at the car park. This large body of freshwater is very inviting and indeed refreshing. Picnic tables, gas barbeque and pit toilet are located here.
Not far from Deep Pool is a sightseeing area with picturesque views over the Fortescue River from above the rugged red cliffs. The winding river is bordered by white-barked gums and palm trees. No facilities are located here.
Snappy Gum Drive winds through white-barked “Snappy Gums” and shallow water crossings to Crossing Pool. This waterhole set amongst gum and palm trees is the perfect refreshing relief after walking around the park. Camping is permitted here and gas barbeques and toilets are present.
Mount Herbert is located on the Roebourne Wittenoom Road where the landscape changes dramatically. Palms and gum tree lined waterholes no longer…it’s now the rolling red spinifex hills of the Chichester Range. The Mount Herbert Summit Walk is 600m return and moderately easy with steep sections and loose rocks. The 360 degree views of the coastal plains are worth the short walk. An alternate walk from Mount Herbert car park is the McKenzie Spring Walk to an old camel and bullock watering hole. The 4.5km walk is relatively easy, allow 1 hour return.
Further along Roebourne Wittenoom Road is Python Pool, located at the base of the Chichester Range escarpment. The freshwater pool is permanent however swimming is not recommended due to algal bloom risk. The 100m walk is easy however the rocks are loose in the dry creek bed leading to the pool. There are two other walking trails leaving from Python Pool. The 4km Cameleers Trail follows an old camel and bullock trail up hill, allow 1.5 hours return. Chichester Range Camel Trail links Python Pool and Mount Herbert. The moderate 8km one way trail crosses the rugged terrain of the Chichester Range. The walk is 16km return (allowing 6 hours) to Python Pool if you don’t have a vehicle to collect you at the other end.
Camping is permitted at designated areas in Millstream Chichester National Park. These include Stargazers and Miliyanha on Kanjenjie Millstream Road. Pit toilets are provided at both camp sites and camping fees apply. Generators are permitted at Miliyanha only. Dogs are prohibited in the national park.
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