Located in the centre of the Hamersley Ranges, Karijini National Park is the second largest national park in Western Australia at over 600,000 hectares. Divided into north and south regions by the Hamersley & Robe River railway and the Marandoo iron ore mine, the national park features numerous gorges, slot canyons, waterfalls and cool-water swimming holes.
Along with ancient geological formations and rugged Outback scenery, Karijini National Park offers a wealth of native wildlife, including red kangaroos, echidnas, geckos, goannas, bats and pythons. One of the most popular swimming spots is Handrail Pool in Weano Gorge, which surrounds you with ochre cliffs.
The park is also the traditional home of the native Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga people. You can see remnants of their early occupation, including cave paintings and evidence of fire-stick farming. You’ll find various picnic areas, information shelters, lookout spots and barbecues throughout the bark.
Karijini National Park is about six hours’ drive from Karratha or 10 hours’ drive from Broome. Both of these have airports with flights from various Australian cities, including Perth. You’ll find ample on-site parking at the national park, along with campsites.
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