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Inside one of the gorges
Inside one of the gorges
They are quite steep to walk down
Swimming in the water is very safe

Karijini National Park

Thursday, August 14, 2003
You'll be blown away by the colour, texture, canyons, gorges, waterways and chasms that this National Park has to offer.

Karijini National Park in the heart of the Pilbara, around 1400km north of Perth, covers 627,000ha and is millions of years old. It is filled with canyons, gorges, waterways and chasms, all within walking and climbing distance from where you leave your vehicle. Its geology and indigenous culture are remarkable and the journey is well worth it.

The traditional owners of the region are the Banjima, Yinhawangka and Kurrama Aboriginal people, who are known to have lived there for at least 20,000 years.

Karijini's gorges are spectacular, both in their sheer, rocky faces and varied colours. To stand and look at the deep chasms which erosion has taken millions of years to create can turn almost anyone into an explorer and adventurer.

Dales Gorge is a good place to start your exploration. The walk from Circular Pool along Dales Gorge to the falls is highly recommended. It is surprising just how much permanent water lies there.

Joffre Gorge is one of the easier to explore as it has a marked pathway, but if you don't have time to linger, there are lookouts dotted throughout Karijini which offer wonderful views of the rich, red landscape.

Dingo's Desert Trek Adventures are based in Port Hedland. They are the Pilbara experts. Their guides take you to places most people don't even know about.

A typical three-day tour begins with a drive to Karijini National Park, with a stop at Auski Roadhouse. After calling at the visitors centre, head to Fortescue Falls for a swim and lunch. In the afternoon, hike to Circular Pool and set up camp near Weano Gorge. Dinner is eaten under the stars by campfire.

On day two, hike to Weano Gorge, to the Handrail Pool, and take the Leap of Faith into a beautiful, icy pool. After enjoying views of Hancock Gorge, stop for lunch and then walk into the gorge. Take in Oxer and Junction Pool lookouts and head back to camp for more star watching and good food.

On day three, pack up the campsite and take an easy walk to Hammersley Gorge and relax in the warm waters of the spa. After a leisurely lunch, you head back to Port Hedland.

Everything is included — food, drinks, swags — and there is a maximum of 10 people a trip. Nothing is rushed and you are given plenty of time to explore and relax. They are equipped with satellite phones and emergency beacons and tours depart every week, weather permitting.


Western Australia's Pilbara region


Dingo's Desert Trek Adventure Tours have three-day Karijini Treks for $420 per person, including transport, camping equipment and all meals. They operate year round.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Dingo's Desert Trek Adventure Tours
59 Kingsmill Street
Port Hedland 6721
Ph: (08) 9173 1000
F: (08) 9173 5149

Karijini Visitors Centre
Ph: (08) 9189 8121
Tom Price Visitors Centre
(08) 9188 1112
Newman Visitors Centre
(08) 9175 2888

Seasons Hotel Newman
Newman Drive
Newman 6753

Qantas: 13 13 13

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