April 12th, 2024

Karijini National Park

Karijini is located about 1400km N of Perth, Western Australia and is an incredible place to visit. Taking 14 hours to travel from Perth and really no "local" airport it is remote to say the least.

Karijini drive from Perth
Karijini drive from Perth

The accommodation ranges from stays in Tom Price, an Eco Retreat and Parks WA site (search Dales).

We have managed to stay at the Tom Price Caravan Park, the Eco Retreat and Dales campground and I would recommend all of them but be mindful of facilities available and what matches your travel setup and budget.

The highlight for Karijini is the amazing gorges located across the park. Maps are essential to your planning and it's best to check road access and closures. This Explore Parks site is good and this map is worth a look.

Both of our visits were affected by bad road conditions and gorge closures. Most gorges are accessed via unsealed roads and some were in a bad state when we visited the first time but are currently being upgraded. I felt very comfortable in my lifted 4wd but others accessed in SUV's and sedans.

We have now visited all of the public available gorges and they all have their own special uniqueness. Our favourite is Knox Gorge and I recommend a morning visit. All of the gorges range in difficulty and that needs to be kept in mind.

Here's the list of gorges:

  • Dales Gorge (Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool)
  • Hamersley Gorge
  • Kalamina Gorge
  • Joffre Gorge
  • Knox Gorge
  • Weano Gorge (Handrail Pool)
  • Hancock Gorge (Kermit's Pool)

I would recommend Karijini for anyone to visit, the effort is more than worth it. I would also recommend to visit while young and fit. Some may add this to their "grey nomad" bucket list but end up being too difficult to traverse.

Now for some pics of each gorge: