KARIJINI is one of the oldest landscapes on the planet. If the Earth’s history were condensed into a 24-hour clock, with midnight representing the beginning of time 4.5 billion years ago, then some rock here was making its appearance, as sediment laid down on a primordial seabed, about mid-morning. Karijini National Park is a wonderful example of classic Pilbara scenery. The spectacular Hamersley Range, with its majestic rocky red slopes, is intertwined in a beautiful tapestry of green spinifex and the stark white of Snappy Gums. However, the unique beauty of Karijini lies deep within. Narrow slits in the landscape give way to some of Australia’s most beautiful and unique gorges.
Originally known as Hamersley Range NP, Karijini National Park is WA’s 2nd largest park. It is basically separated into two areas, north and south of Karijini Drive (the road connecting Tom Price to the Great Northern Highway).
Most of the attractions and “action” is in the northern section, which is also home to the Visitor Centre and both campgrounds. The Northern section is then essentially split into an eastern and western part. The east is home to Dales campground, which is walking distance to Dales Gorge, Circular Pool, Fern Pool and Fortescue Falls. The western section has the more upmarket Savannah Campground, which is near a collection of the Park’s other main gorges, namely Knox, Joffres, Weano and associated features. One really exciting part of Karijini National Park is that many of the walks are a genuine adventure that require the bush walker to scramble, climb and wade through wild and rugged terrain.