Karijini National Park – Off the Bucket List
Karijini National Park was promptly added to my bucket list after seeing it on Instagram – and that’s impressive considering there are so many eye-catching travel photos. I couldn’t pass the ragged, red gorges with crystal clear rock pools and found myself imagining what it would feel like to swim in those cool waters and knew it was a place I had to explore.
Located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Karijini is practically on my doorstep so you’d think this one would be easy to tick off the bucket list but flights to regional WA are expensive! (you could fly interstate or to Bali for less). It was not on the cards until my cousin and her partner moved to Port Hedland and asked if we wanted to visit during the Easter long weekend. My husband and I checked our Qantas points and luckily we had enough points to fly for free! We could use these points to go to some far away destination but this was too good an opportunity to pass up!
The Spider Walk along the Hancock Gorge trail. This is a class 5 trail so I was quite nervous – I’m a big scaredy cat and a little uncoordinated but I had nothing to worry about. There were some steep sections and a few pools of water to traverse but if you’re relatively fit you should be able to complete this trail.
Kermits Pool – the end of the Hancock Gorge trail.
This little guy was the reason I didn’t go for a swim in Kermits Pool. I am petrified of snakes!
Fern Pool – located 300 metres from Fortescue Falls. There were bats hanging from the trees, unfortunately I don’t have any photos.
Just chillin’. It was really hot so when we came across this large pool of water we weren’t too fussed about getting wet.
I’d never seen shooting stars and in one night I saw 2, very lucky!
The Low Down
Location: Pilbara region, northwestern, Western Australia
When: Late autumn, winter (although the nights can be frosty) and spring. We visited in late March.
How: Flights from Perth to the North West are all around 2 hours. The closest airports to Karijini are Tom Price, Newman and Paraburdoo. We went via Port Hedland, a 3 hour drive. Karratha is a 5 hour drive.
Where to stay: Dales Gorge campground (where we stayed) or the Karijini Eco Retreat.
- Hire a 4WD. There are a number of unsealed roads recommended only for 4WDs. We did spot small car making its way slowly around the par but it didn’t look like much fun.
- Don’t leave rubbish bags unattended, this makes it an easy target for Dingoes! There are no bins at Dales campground.
Karijini National Park was as breathtaking in real life than it is in all the photos I’ve seen. It was an incredible experience and one everyone should add to their bucket lists.