5 Reasons You Should Visit Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park is Australia’s second largest national parks in Australia and is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The park is iconic, if I dare say one of my favourite national parks in all of Australia. It’s famous for its unspoilt nature, stunning gorges that go on for miles, and its infamous towering sheer sided chasms up to 100 metres deep. The Park is the traditional home of the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga Aboriginal people.

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1. Swimming through gorges

There are so many gorgeous gorges in this national park, and swimming through them is a breeze. It really takes your breath away. My favourite ones to visit will have to be Dales Gorge, Hamersley Gorge, Joffre Gorge and Hancock Gorge.

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2. Waterfalls

There are some stunning waterfalls that enter into the gorges, so whilst you’re swimming in them you can also watch the waterfalls trickling down.

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3. Beautiful hikes

There are so many hikes to choose from in Karijini, so make sure you come fully equip. The best thing is that whilst you’re hiking you can also tend to take a quick dip along the way.

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4. Serenity

The national park is the second largest one is Australia, whilst many travellers go through it is relatively quiet. So you’ll be able to feel all of the serenity that park has to offer.

5. Stunning views

If you can’t hike or it’s not your thing, there are many look-outs you can see instead of walking down the gorges. They tend to only be  a few kilometres so it’s an easy stroll.

How to get there

Much of the southern half of the park is inaccessible. Visitors concentrate on the spectacular gorges in the north, with their rock pools, waterfalls and unique wildlife.

You can enter Karijini National Park from Tom Price, Roebourne, Port Hedland or Newman. The ideal times to visit the park are late autumn, winter and early spring. Winter days are warm and clear, but nights are cold and sometimes frosty.

Visit the Parks and Wildlife website for more information about Karinjini.

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Visiting the infamous Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia

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Nestled on the town’s of Cervantes, Jurien Bay and Leeman features the infamous Pinnacles Desert.

It will cost you $12 entry per vehicle and you’ll be able to drive through the desert and see the pinnacles in all of it’s glory. You can also walk around a 4km unsealed loop. We opted for driving through and pulled over to walk around the pinnacles and take some snaps.

How were the pinnacles formed?

Apparently a set of unique circumstances produced the pinnacles. According to the visit pinnacles website its started from huge sand dunes that were stabilised. And eventually the result was that under a surface covered with plants and soil the pinnacles developed.

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Why should you visit the pinnacles?

A part from being able to witness some historic pinnacles, when you visit these majestic pinnacles you’ll also be able to see beautiful sand dunes and at some vantage points you’ll be able to see the sea. Which is the most stunning thing to see considering you’ll feel like you’re in the desert.

How to get there: The Pinnacles Desert entrance is approximately 10km in the Indian Ocean Drive and 6km on Pinnacles road.

Cost: $12 entry per vehicle.