Karijini is probably the most stunning National Park in Western Australia with easy access by car with a combination of sealed roads and well graded gravel roads. It is situated in the Hamersley Range between the townships of Tom Price and Newman and is approximately 1400 Km’s from Perth along the Great Northern Highway.
Karijini is a photographer’s paradise and a trekker’s dream. You will need at least 3-4 nights to experience the landscape and explore the gorges. Be sure to take the mandatory trip to Oxer lookout that overlooks the junction of Handcock, Joffre and Weano gorge.
Dale gorge has three major attractions: Fortescue Falls, the Circular Pool and Fern Pool are prefect for a day’s trip. The Dales (Fortescue) camp ground is close by. Savanah campsite is the most civilized campsite with showers, toilets and a tavern. From the campsite you can trek down to the bottom of Joffre gorge to be amazed by the shear size and unique beauty of Joffre falls. The trek is well marked but make sure you take a backpack, camera, towel, drinking water, food, and an inflatable mattress that can be used to paddle rather than swim in the freezing cold water.
Head in the opposite direction to the falls and use your air mattress to get to the other side of a long rock pool to take in the peace and tranquility of this magnificent Gorge.
This will surely be a time to remember as it has been for me over the years when I took people through this area as a tour guide. If time permits checkout Kalamina and Knox Gorge, you won’t be disappointed.
It wont be long before you see why I regard this remote area as one of the natural wonders of Western Australia. Check it out!