Top 5 Things to do at Karijini National Park

With its raw red cliffs, waterfalls, and many hiking trails, Karijini National Park is a unique gem of Western Australia. The park is ideal for those wanting to explore off the beaten track. Covering over 620,000 hectares, the park is the second largest in Western Australia after Karlamilyi National Park.

The park’s unique geography features waterfalls, canyons, carved rock caves, tunnels, and emerald waters. The park is best known for its eroded landscape, which provides fantastic opportunities for rock climbing, rafting, and swimming.

Karijini National Park is a harsh but beautiful landscape. You must see it!


Lets check out my top 5 things you can do in Karijini National Park!

1) Swimming at Fern Pool

Fern Pool is located on the eastern side of the park and is the most popular for swimmers. Float on your back in spectacular turquoise water and witness the stunning rock formations surrounded by lush greenery.

The colors of the pool and rocks are so breathtaking that you’ll wonder if they are for real for a second. This location holds great significance to the aboriginal people of the area, so remember to be respectful.

To get to Fern Pool, take the eastern entrance into the park. If you are coming by car, you can park at the Fortescue Falls car park. From the park, there is about 300m walk to the Fern Pool along the gorge floor. There are also many other locations to park the car and several marked trails to reach the pool.

2) Hike to Joffre Gorge

Joffre Falls is undoubtedly the most spectacular part of the park. You can reach the trail through the entrance of Karijini Eco Retreat or the Joffre car park. The trail is pretty easy towards the foot of Joffre Falls, but then it starts to get harder.

Walkers need to be careful when descending into the falls as there are a series of larger slabs on the way down. The formation of Joffre makes it a little tricky for some so be sure to look out for trail signs which indicate the safest ways to go down.

Once you arrive there, you’ll be amazed by the vibrant red rocks and a gorgeous beach in the middle.

3) Spa Pool in Hamersley Gorge

Hamersley Gorge is by far the most photographed spot in Karijini National Park. Located on the north-western side of the park, the pool is both stunning and makes for a great location to swim.

The small rock pool is the major highlight of Hamersley Gorge. The pool has a ladder, making it safer and easier to access.

From the trail head, there is about a 400 m walk to the gorge floor.

If you don’t want to take the trail to the Gorge, you can witness its views from several spots near the car park.

4) Relax at Kalamina Gorge

If you want to visit a place without the crowds, then Kalamina Gorge is a must-see spot. Once you step down in the shallow gorge, you will end up at the permanent water pool and a waterfall at the Gorge’s floor.

Kalamina Gorge is the easiest to access places in the park with a short 5-minute walk from the car park. If you don’t want to go down to the floor, you can take pictures from the top.

No matter which Gorge you are at, leave as soon as possible if it starts to rain, as flooding can occur.

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5) Camping Under a Star-filled Sky

After an adventurous day of hiking and swimming in Karijini National Park, there is no better way to end your day than camping under a starry night sky.

There are multiple campsites in the park, but if you wish to see the starry sky, you can camp at Dales Gorge Campground.

If you want to learn about the night sky, you will want to attend one of the astronomy sessions that runs at the park at night. Alternatively, if you don’t want to camp, there are cabins and eco-tents to hire in Karijini Eco Retreat close to the Joffre Gorge.

This is a must-see place on your lap around Australia!


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