Hamersley Gorge , Karijini National Park, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Guide to Karijini National Park

Jubura (Fern Pool), Karijini National Park, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Swim in freshwater pools

Located within Dales Gorge on the eastern side of Karijini National Park, you'll find a wonderful swimming hole at Fortescue Falls. From the carpark, it will take you roughly one hour to walk down a staircase and along clear paths to the falls, but you'll be well-rewarded for your efforts. You can also swim nearby in the refreshing, spring-fed Fern Pool, or tackle the two-hour return hike to picturesque Circular Pool, at the gorge's other end.

Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park, Western Australia © Nick Rains

Stay at an eco-retreat

In the heart of Karijini National Park (within walking distance of Joffre Gorge) you'll find Karijini Eco Retreat. This haven, owned by the local Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, has a range of accommodation options, from camping sites to deluxe eco-tents with full facilities. The on-site open air restaurant serves hearty meals with a traditional outback flavour.

Oxer Lookout, Karijini National Park, WA © Tourism Western Australia

See Oxer Lookout’s unforgettable views 

The short walk to Oxer Lookout will gift you with spectacular views over the junction of four gorges: Weano, Red, Hancock and Joffre. Many consider the view from Oxer Lookout to be one of the most spectacular sights in Western Australia; the vantage point offers a unique perspective of the area's enormity and grandeur. Oxer Lookout is also easily accessible via an 800-metre (half a mile) walk from the Weano Gorge Day Use Area carpark.

Hancock Gorge, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Tour Hancock Gorge

The hike into Hancock Gorge has been described as a “journey to the centre of the earth” for its steep descent into multi-hued, layered rock. After climbing down a ladder you'll walk deep into the gorge itself through narrow chambers and past rock pools, before arriving at Kermit’s Pool (named for its striking green hue), where you'll want to take many photographs and perhaps have a cooling swim. As this walk can be challenging, it's advisable to explore Hancock Gorge accompanied by a local guide; tours can be booked at Karijini Eco Retreat.

Batchelors Buttons wildflowers at Karijini National Park, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Wander among wildflowers

Karijini’s rugged red gorges boast abundant native vegetation such as spinifex, mulga, ghost gums and fig trees. Between June and September, colourful wildflowers such as wattles, lemongrass and northern bluebells bloom across the landscape. You may also spot rock wallabies, dingoes and the abundant birdlife that call Karijini home.

Hamersley Gorge, Karijini National Park, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Swim in a natural spa

The natural, heart shaped "spa pool" at Hamersley Gorge is coloured a striking ice-blue and is so named for its natural bubbling fed by a gorgeous waterfall. It's a challenging one-kilometre (0.6-mile) hike through a thin, tree-lined chasm to get here via the Hamersley Gorge Walk, but you'll see why people often return here: spa pool is a haven for bathers and photographers alike.

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