One of the most beautiful national parks in Western Australia is the Karijini National Park. However, Karijini National Park is quite far from all other tourist attractions. It’s more than 1’400 km from Perth and to Broome it is another 1’000 km to drive. But nevertheless, the journey is worthwhile. Sit back, relax and travel with us virtually.
In this post we show you 20 photos of the fascinating landscape of Karijini National Park. We take you down to the deep gorges and pools, to waterfalls and rivers.
This is our third visit to Karijini National Park. We love it and we can’t resist visiting again. After driving several days through the outback, we are happy to get to Karijini National Park with its great pools to swim. The Karijini National Park is a must see during a Western Australia Road Trip.
Dales Gorge – Swimming at the Fortescue Falls and the Circular Pool
On our fist day in the national park we visit the Dales Gorge. There are stairs leading down to the gorge and from the distance we already see the Fortescue falls. That’s exactly what we need, a swim in the refreshing water. The water is nice and fresh but not too cold. The last time we visited in the Australian winter months and the water was very cold.
There is a hiking trail leading to the Fernpool which is currently closed due to a recent bushfire and floodings. Another hiking trail connects the Fortescue falls with the Circular pool. That’s where we go next. It’s not high season yet and we don’t meet many other hikers on the Trail.
Finally, we reach the Circular pool where we immediately jump into the water again. It’s a fabulous place to spend a few hours. We enjoy the tranquility, watch the birds and when it gets too hot, we jump into our “private” pool.
Hancock Gorge – The Spider Walk
One of the main reasons why we wanted to visit the Karijini National Park again is the Spider walk. We love the walk through the narrow gorge where we have to use our arms and legs to get to the end. It’s a really cool adventure.
The first part from the parking area down to the gorge is a steep descend. Once we are down in the gorge, we walk in the river bed.
Sometimes we ask ourselves if the way is going further or if this is the end.
We go on and find out. Of course there is more to come. The narrow gorge opens up again and we reach the Amphitheater. From here the gorge is getting very, very narrow. That’s the starting point of the Spider walk.
Cool! We are back. Let’s go.
It’s time to concentrate. “Hold on and don’t fall”, I tell myself.
Wow! Amazing. We are at the Kermits pool. That’s the end of our hike.
On the way back we have to take some photos. We love this landscape and what Mother Nature created. We feel pretty small standing here surrounded by all this rocks and steep walls.
Lower Weano Gorge – Awesome hike to the Handrail Pool
Another highlight is awaiting us in the Lower Weano Gorge. We want to see the spectacular Handrail pool. It’s quite a challenge getting there.
Once we get down to the gorge, we have to decide which way we want to go. To the left is the Upper Weano Gorge and to the right the Lower Weano Gorge. We desperately want to go to the Handrail pool, therefore we choose to go to the right.
We walk along the river as far as we can. Once the water blocks the way, we have to wade through the water.
Sometimes it looks like the trail is not going any further. But we know that there is more behind the narrow gorge. We continue and suddenly we are standing right in front of this big natural pool. We are surrounded by steep walls and we feel like a tiny speck in this world.
Marcel immediately jumps in the pool and enjoys the refreshing bath.
Knox Gorge and Joffre Gorge
The Knox and Joffre Gorge are also very beautiful. The rock faces and the reflections in the water at the Knox Gorge offer great photo opportunities.
Enjoying the jacuzzi at the Hamersley Gorge
Hamersley Gorge is another amazing gorge located in Karijini National Park. If you are on your way to Karratha, you should definitely visit the impressive gorge.
Can you resist jumping into this pool? We don’t!
The Hamersley Gorge is an oasis. It’s perfect to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. But the gorge is also quite interesting for geologists. Although we are not experts in geology, even we can see that these rock patterns have a long and interesting story to tell.
Mt Bruce – What a cool name for a mountain
If you like to climb mountains you can do so at Mt Bruce. We don’t have enough energy on this trip, but we climbed Mt Bruce four years ago.
It’s a great hike and it takes about four hours to do the summit walk (9 km return). The ascent is exhausting, in particular because the whole trail is very exposed and there is no shade. On a nice sunny day it’s getting very hot.
Mt Bruce is with 1’235 m the second highest mountain in Western Australia and offers beautiful views from the summit. We love the 360 degree panoramic view over the spinifex covered hills.
Camping at Karijini National Park
There are different camping options for visitors to the Karijini National Park.
Dales Campground has basic campsites in the bush. Toilets, BBQ’s and tables are available. Price per Person per night: AUD 10.
In March 2017 the BBQ’s and gas stoves were not available because of a recent bushfire. Many of the bushes and trees were burned down. It’s sad to see what damage a fire can cause. Hopefully nature will recover quickly.
Hiking tip: The Dales Gorge is within walking distance to the Dales Campground.
Other camping options are available at the expensive Eco Retreat / Savannah Campground, which is under private management. Campsites without power cost AUD 20 per person per night. Water, showers and toilets available.
Information Center in the Karijini National Park
In the national park there is also an information center with toilets and showers (closed at night).
Mid-March 2017 the information center was closed. Even the road to the info center was closed and therefore we could not use the showers.
During the main season from April to October the information center is usually open.
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