Blogs from Karijini National Park, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


After getting a minor repair fixed we headed off for Karijini. Camped at a 24hr rest area the first night refuelled then went East. Made it as far as Cheela Plains. Next day we passed through Parrabadoo. Which is most likely the birthplace of "Red Dog". Then onto Tom Price for lunch and camped just outside of the NP. So we could get an early start on the Gorges. First stop was Oxley Lookout and Weano Gorge. A short trip down to a refreshing pool. Next to this was Hancocks Gorge. A bit more difficult classed as a level 5 track. I managed it ok. It was about 500m down then about another 500m along the gorge to a section where you had to get wet to go further. (almost waist deep) after that was the ... read more

Saturday 24th September 2016 On our way today, with an 0830hrs start after Judy had downloaded the assignments which were due last night. The wind had swung during the night and was now a strong and gusty NE. This made for good fuel consumption once we were on the highway, although the buffeting from the side had us cut back on our speed. The Pardoo Roadhouse was our first stop where we could not go past their famous $10 coffee and a large home-made sausage roll each for a late morning tea/early lunch. These salt laden, greasy sausage rolls were delicious! We had intended to head to Caper Keraudren from here but after reading the negative Wikicamps' comments we had changed our minds and now drove only another 90 minutes or so to the DeGrey River ... read more
De Grey River
De Grey River
Indee Station

From Exmouth we travelled to Tom Price along the Burkett Road, North West Coastal Hwy and the Nanturra Wittenoom Rd. Didn’t make it in one day so freecamped at Beasley River with about 12 other vans. This is the camp where we met our great mates Jill and Wayne Williams from SA back in 2006 so I was glad to report back to them that it had only changed for the better. (Lots of places are putting in composting loos which are a damn site nicer than the long drops of old). Stopped at Paraburdoo for morning coffee, on to Tom Price for one night then off to Karijini NP for our next adventures. Karijini NP has scenery that I can’t put into words. The drive out there is spectacular, escarpments, gentle hills and massive ones, ... read more
Geoff climbing Mt Nameless the easy way!
Colours of the Pilbara
You don't actually think about where Asbestos comes from but here it is in the Pilbara

There was only one problem with hiring a campervan and driving all the way from Broome to Perth... we had to drive all the way back again to return it, a trip of around 2500kms in all! Fortunately however, we had saved the best for last - for our return route along the Great Northern Highway would take us straight past Karijini National Park, the jewel in Western Australia's crown. First though we had to deal with the small matter of backtracking 600kms to South Hedland – where we spent the night (Monday 2nd June) at a nondescript caravan park just off the main road – before taking the inland highway a further three hours south the next day to the Karijini turnoff. It was along this stretch of road that we passed some of the ... read more
Cool Cascade
Sacred Waterhole
Sheer Cliffs & Tumbling Streams

Sunday 13th April - went into Exmouth to collect our Whale Shark DVD and photos so didn't get away until 12 noon. Called in at Visitors Centre to find 2 Emus wandering around the car park! Pushed on as over 400km to do. Very hot over 40 Degrees so changed drivers every hour. Quite a few Road Trains, some 4 trailers long, on the North Western a Highway but when we turned onto the 136 at Naturra Roadhouse we only saw 2 cars in the next 186km! Also saw our first big lizards crossing the road (very quickly). Pulled into Beasley River rest area, several caravans already parked up which reminded us that ths was the first weekend of the school Easter holidays. Monday 14th - up and away by 8.30 heading for the town of ... read more
Spot the Termite
First sight of the Joffres Gorge
It's a long way down

We continue our trek east and the landscape transforms into vast mountain ranges signaling our arrival at Karinjini. We set up at Dales Camp Ground and are keen to explore the nearby Fortesque Falls and Fern Pool. We follow the path down into Dales Gorge and are immediately impressed by the amazing rock formations and beautiful waterfalls. We all enjoy a swim in the cool Fern Pool as the sun rapidly disappears behind the gorge walls. The next morning we pack our backpacks with lunch and towels, put on our sneakers (we haven’t worn shoes for 2 months) and head back to Dales Gorge. We spend the day walking, clambering over rocks, step stoning over water pools and absorbing the sights and sounds at the bottom of Dales Gorge sandwiched between the amazing fifty metre rock ... read more
cool fun
the chicks
on the way out

Salut les cocos ! Aujourd'hui, je vais vous emmener dans un des plus beaux endroits que j'ai eu l'occasion de visiter depuis que je suis en Australie. Un parc national reculé dans les terres, ou vivaient autrefois les aborigènes. Heureusement, les lobbies miniers Australiens n'ont pas réussi à détruire cet endroit gorgé de fer. Ils ne désespèrent pas pour autant, mais sincèrement, étant donné la beauté du site, ce serait terrible de le détruire pour remplir les poches de quelques millions supplémentaire à un riche Pecnot qui n'a d'autre attrait dans la vie que de se remplir les poches, pour prouver à ses riches copains que c'est le plus beau et le plus riche... Passons... Pour y accéder, un petit détour de 350 bornes environ s'imposent, mais qu'est ce que 350 bornes quand on à déjà ... read more

En route mauvaise troupe ! Ça y est, j'ai réussi à m'échapper de Perth. Loin de moi l'idée de dire que cette ville ne m'a pas plu, mais c'était une ville, une grande ville... Disons que les paysages rencontrés sur la route sont plus intéressants à mes yeux, que tout ces étalages de building accompagnés d'une multitude incalculable de Français. C'est incroyable, à Perth, ou plutôt et surtout à Fréo, on se croirait en France. Rare sont les étrangers. J'exagère un peu forcément, comme à mon habitude, mais pas tant que ça non plus. Tout ça me pousse à faire un petit constat à l'égard des backpackers. Concrètement dans les backpacks, tu vas trouver toute sorte de nationalité : Français, Allemands, Italiens, Argentins, Anglais, Ecossais, Irlandais, j'en passe et des meilleurs. Mais dès que tu sors ... read more

Upon leaving Coral Bay, we heard (contrary to what we had been told that same morning) that the army was indeed doing defense testing on their reserve, which meant that the coastal 4x4 road up from Coral Bay to Exmouth was closed, and that in order to be on the nicest, most secluded beaches, we still had to drive all around the cape like everyone else. Itching to get inland, and having gotten what we considered more than our fair share of underwater sightings and coastal bliss, we decided to take the 4x4 track as far as we could, and then say goodbye to the coast until Broome (where there are crocodiles, so this was also goodbye to swimming) and head towards Karajini. It was only around 70 km, but it took us almost 3 hours. ... read more
Hot guy
Sundown at the creek
Lush gorges

2nd December, 2012. Early start today as we were keen to visit the gorges at Karjini National Park. Our first stop was Pythons Pool, which is located in Millstreams Chichester National Park. On route, the scenery was spectacular. However, the same could not be said of Pythons Pool as it was very green (algae infested!!!). We continued our journey to Karjini National Park, which was via a gravel road. Just when the sun was directly above us and the temperature gauge nudging 43 degrees, Taylor had a puncture. We made the most of this time, preparing lunch while Daniel changed the tyre. After lunch, we continued on and arrived at Karjini National Park late in the afternoon. The gorges were an amazing sight, but the water was way too cold. There were warnings for dingos in ... read more
Millstream-Chichester Range National Park
Millstream-Chichester Range National Park
Millstream-Chichester Range National Park

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