Karijini National Park is in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region in northwestern Western Australia. It is just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, approximately 1,055 Kms north of Perth. Formerly known as Hamersley National Park, it was renamed in 1991. At 627,442 hectares (1,550,440 acres), it is the second largest national park in Western Australia (Karlamilyi National Park is larger).
We have seen many National Parks on our travels but Karijini rates very highly. It contains many gorges which are very accessible and stand out because of the rich, dark redness of the stone which contrasts with the bright green flora which almost sparkles in the ever present sunlight.
We spend a week based in the National Park at a bush camp and make daily trips to the many different gorges.
Dales Gorge – did gorge rim walk, then down to circular pool along the gorge base to Fortescue Falls then back up to the top of the gorge.
Mount Bruce – the second tallest peak in WA, overlooking the huge Marandoo mine site.
Hammersley Gorge – spectacular rock formations (folds) with a lovely swimming hole at the base.
Kalamina Gorge – a gentle walk down to the bottom of the gorge to view the waterfall upstream and then walk along the stream to rock arch pool.
Oxer and Joffre Lookouts and Weano Gorge.
Fern Pool – at the top of Fortescue Falls a fern surrounded swimming hole that is also home to fruit bats.