Many visitors say a trip to Karijini National Park was the highlight of their WA tour. Others claim it’s the best national park they’ve ever seen. It’s certainly a place that’s difficult to put into words. Imagine deep gorges of layered red rock with crystal clear pools, and cascading waterfalls enveloped in the darkest lush green ferns. Karijini National Park is a rugged, yet serene paradise and a ‘must-see’ on your Western Australia holiday.
The traditional owners of Karijini are the Banjima, Innawongka and Eastern Guruma people. Stepping into Karijini National Park feels like stepping back in time as this vast and breathtaking wilderness is over 2.5 billion years old. Part of the Hamersley Range, Karijini is Western Australia’s second-largest national park, just one hour’s drive from the mining town of Tom Price. Take a Karijini National Park tour to explore this ancient land and its treasures.
In the gorgeous Karijini National Park, there are many guided tours to lookouts, gorges, pools, and waterfalls.
Oxer Lookout on the park’s north has breathtaking views of four gorges – Red, Weano, Joffre and Hancock. A walk through Weano Gorge leads you to the picture postcard Handrail Pool, the perfect place to cool off on a hot day. To the east of the park are the red rocks of Dales Gorge and pristine Fortescue Falls.
Hamersley Gorge is another spectacular spot, while Kalamina Gorge has a picturesque walking trail that leads you past rock pools and rock walls, a small pool and a waterfall draped in ferns.
Mount Bruce, also known by its Aboriginal name Punurrunha is Western Australia’s second tallest peak at 1,234 metres.
From Mount Bruce you can see amazing views of the Marandoo iron-ore mining operation and the surrounding Hamersley Range, containing around 80 per cent of Australia’s iron ore reserves.
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Over millions of years, erosion has carved the stunning, awe-inspiring landscape that is Karijini National Park, part of the Hamersley Range. On a guided tour of the park, you can wander down into the ancient deep gorges, stopping along the way to cool off in one of the many secluded swimming holes.
Wildlife, native plants, and wildflowers are abundant in Karijini National Park. When visiting, keep an eye out for large termite mounds, red kangaroos, rock wallabies, echidnas, goannas, ring-tailed dragons, desert tree frogs, and snakes as well as a wide variety of birdlife, including the magnificent Australian Goshawks. After the rain, the landscape is wrapped in a blanket of wattles, yellow flowering cassias, northern bluebells and purple mulla-mullas.
The park is the traditional home of the Banyjima, Kurrama, and Innawonga Aboriginal peoples. Karijini is the Banyjima people’s name for the Hamersley Range.
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