Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park is Western Australia’s second largest national park. It’s remote location in the Pilbara region near the mining town of Tom Price makes it a little more difficult to visit than Australia’s other main tourist parks like that of the Blue Mountains or the Flinders Ranges. However, if road trips are your kind of thing or you happen to be heading north to Broome, it is a place well worth the effort.
Seemingly in the middle of the Mars like landscape of the Pilbara, Karijini and its gorges appear like an oasis. Heading down in to the gorge away from the scorching heat and flies, the trees become a little taller and the sound of running water can be head. Walking down what look like man-made steps of red slabs of rock arranged like an amphitheatre, the emerald pools can be found. The gorge has a series of pools leading down varying levels with each one a different temperature.
There are a number of hiking trails of varying difficulties and each leads to one of these hidden pools with crystal clear waterfalls. The upper most pool is deeper than the others and this billabong is surrounded by tall grasses, gum trees and red rock. At the far end, a rock ledge has a small waterfall running above providing the perfect place for a natural back massage.
In other parts of the gorge, tight slot canyons can be found where millions of years have turned the hard rock into smooth waves. Coming from a long drive through the scorching heat, Karijini National Park provides the perfect reward for a dedicated traveler and in my opinion is one of Western Australia’s best kept secrets.
I apologise for the average photos, on this day my camera was not strapped to my side and these are the best my friend’s camera could take. Still, you get the idea of just how beautiful this place is.