Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park
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Susan C
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A stunning place have been there twice but the flies were horrendous this year. I felt so sorry for people camping and cooking at least we had a caravan. Also a shame that several of the gorges were closed.
Written 13 April 2024
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Sunshine433432
Wollongong, Australia23 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Scenery was awesome.
Their internal roads are a disgrace. For the money we pay in park entry fees and camping fees and the money the government gives them, yet they can’t grade their roads. Why spend all the money on advertising and then visitors are faced with a sub standard internal road system.
Written 18 September 2023
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westy14
19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The gorges walks and pools are lovely. However the camp grounds are very limited on shade, hot dry and dusty. We waited to get into our campsites as others did not vacate on time. The camp hosts were lovely VOLUNTEERS but were limited in being able to assist as parks WA does not provide them with internet access( despite the fact they work for free) so they are unable to access up to date camp booking information
Come on Parks WA lift your game.
The roadways could also use regular watering during peak times.
If I visit again I would base myself at Tom Price or Auski Road house and day trip
Written 13 September 2023
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The Evolving Backpacker
Port Hedland, Australia109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This post is accompanied by the below-related posts:
1. Tom Price Summer Star Resort - A comfortable stay in a fantastic resort
2. Dales Gorge and Fortescue Falls - A Rim walk and an icy plunge
3. Kalamina Gorge - An enchanting experience

Travel type:
Family with two kids aged 5 and 7. Travelling from Port Hedland.

We visited Karajini from Port Hedland with our two kids aged seven and five. We stayed in Tom Price and explored two different sections of the park over two days. This post (and the other related posts) cover our overall experience.

Drive Port Hedland to Tom Price:
The 410-kilometre journey is via the Great Northern Highway which branches off in a southerly direction about 40 kilometres from Port Hedland. The road is two lanes and sealed but is a bit challenging in terms of the number of road trains and oversized vehicles encountered along the way. Add to this the more than usual twists and turns in comparison to the coastal highway and the drive turns into an adventure in itself. People who are not used to this sort of traffic should pay particular attention to the hazard involved in overtaking these behemoths which can be 60 metres long in the case of road trains, or occupy two-thirds the breadth of the highway in the case of the oversized trucks transporting mammoth mining trucks or equipment (These unconventional trucks will have pilot vehicles leading ahead to warn oncoming traffic to slow down, and if required to pull up on the side of the road to allow safe passage). Despite the amount of road traffic, the route is along a remote stretch of the state, and the only rest and fuel stop after Port Hedland is at Munjina, about 250 kilometres away.

The stay:
Refer to the ‘Tom Price Summer Star Resort - A comfortable stay in a fantastic resort!’ review.

The Karajini experience:
Hiking in Western Australia’s second largest national park - and that is saying a lot, as WA is over ten times the size of the entire United Kingdom! - is akin to a walk back in time, with the stunning red landscape carved out of rock that is over 2.5 billion years old; the millennia-old rust red rocks that tumble down 100-metre chasms that make for a truly delightful experience; the gurgling waterfalls that pour into secluded, crystal clear swimming holes surrounded by lush green ferns add to the enchanting beauty of the place.

We had heard so much about the gorge that we hoped we would not be disappointed when we got there; we did not need to worry - the park was everything we had expected and we loved exploring the region tremendously.
The park trails are graded from Class 1 to Class 5 - 5 being the most difficult, and the hikes range from a leisurely 15 minutes to a couple of hours round trip. The DBCA website provides updates on park closures and any other vital information visitors should always be aware of.

On day 1 of our visit we headed to Dales Gorge and the spectacular Fortescue Fall, whilst on Day 2 we visited Kalamina Gorge (See respective reviews)

Tip:
• You need to place the park entry pass on the dashboard while in the parking area, so it is best if you log in, register and take a printout prior to arriving. We got a local annual pass for this park as we live in the Pilbara region; there are more ticket options ranging from a day pass to annual WA-wide passes for people who are exploring the region over an extended period. For the last-minute type of travellers, applying for the pass at the park entrance gate is always available.

• Driving in the park - Be aware that distances travelled can add up quickly when touring this park. The nearest fuel is over 80km from Dales Campground at Munjina Roadhouse or Tom Price and, around 70km from the Karijini Eco Retreat to Tom Price.
Written 24 May 2023
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Bruce L
Greater Adelaide, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Karijini is an amazing place with so many things to see. One of the best for us was Weano Gorge and the Handrail Pool. The hardest place to reach was Knox Gorge, very hard entry and exit, but still amazing. Joffre Gorge great for view and swim. The main favourites for others are at Dales Gorge with Fortescue Falls and The Fern Pool, all of this is worth the visit, you should allow at least four days if not five.
Written 23 May 2023
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robertoW22PW
Durban, South Africa6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Stayed at Karanjini Eco Estate for two nights and what an amazing place. Two 73 year Olds and a 63 year old tackled the gorge all the way to Kermits Pool and came out with the most amazing sense of satisfaction.
In the camp the young lady Milo created the most warm and welcoming environment with such an efficient and wonderfully warm attitude. We will be going home to South Africa with absolute treasured memories.
Written 15 May 2023
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Laura
London, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
A beautiful place. An incoming storm meant we could only do the Dales gorge and surrounding areas, and couldn't travel to further gorges and viewpoints, but it was still a fantastic few hours exploring dales gorge and fern pool.
Written 19 February 2023
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John U
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Very expensive for a tent. $350/night. no power , a/c, fridge cooking facitilies. Tour busses drop off grops of elderly tourists and basically they are left to fend for themselves. Local and international travellers deserve a lot better for the price charged and facilities available.
Written 8 February 2023
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KimberleyMelbourne
Templestowe, Australia249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Amazing above expectations. We had a fabulous 4 nights at the Karijini Eco Resort. First things first, yes the roads are bad. If you have the option go out of the park and onto the sealed road to get to places if you can. I would recommend a 4WD as even the roads that are't 4 WD only are very rough. We found if you were careful and took the really rough bits slowly & were brave enough to go a bit faster over the corrugations it was Ok.
Having said that the park is sensational, everywhere you look there are OMG moments. I will review the gorges individually but just the general environment is so enjoyable. We were there in early Nov which I know is not recommended but even though it was 39 deg C it is a dry heat and I've been much hotter in 32 deg in Queensland. We knew nothing about Karijini until friends recommended it and it is one of the highlights of our travels which has included amazing places in Europe & Asia.
If you get the chance go but do lots of homework, it will pay off.
Written 20 November 2022
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Robert R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
My only complaint the unsealed road are in terrible condition. Rock the size of your fist sitting on the road and huge rock sticking out of the road and corrugated to hell.
I lived in the Pilbara for many year they have to be the worst roads I have traveled on.
Both my spot lights broke off.
Written 7 October 2022
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