Details of the Eco-Site/Activities
Description of the Tour companies:
West Oz Active is an adventure tour company based at, and working in conjunction with the Eco Retreat in Karijini NP. West Oz Active is designed for guests who are after a hand on adventure. It include activities such as:
- Swimming/Jumping and floating through the gorges on inflatable rafts.
All of the trips take you through the class 6 sections of gorges, which other operators and the general public cannot access.
The new Flying Sandgroper tour takes guests on a multi-day adventure into the heart of Karijini National Park. You can choose one of four value packed tours that show off Western Australia. Get the true outback experience!
For more information visit: www.westozactive.com.au
Lestok Tours commenced operations in the Pilbara in 1986. In 1989, they took up the challenge of Tourism. Since that time, they have conducted guided tours of Pilbara Iron’s Tom Price mining operation, which is one of the most popular tours in the Pilbara. When access to Karijini National Park from Tom Price opened up with the Marandoo Road in 1993, they commenced day tours of the Park and Gorges. The vehicles are maintained to the highest standard and upgraded regularly. They have two coaches, three Toyota Coasters and a 'top of the range' Toyota Sahara used in the tour operations.
For more information visit: www.lestoktours.com.au
Remtrek Karijini Astronomy takes visitors on an exciting tour of the night sky, allowing deep space viewing through powerful light collection telescopes that have a 400mm (16 inch) diameter. View the Omega Centauri cluster 17000 light years away, or the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy 15 million light years away. When the weather is right, you'll be able to see the planets and a sensational view of the moon. Only a 4 minute bus ride from the Eco Retreat reception to "Constellation Hill", this two hour tour is a must do when visiting the park.
For more information visit: www.karijiniastrotours.com
Descriptions of the Sites
It is a loose, steep descent, then an easy ramble to the hidden gardens of Circular Pool (800m return). This is an arduous walk so you must allow at least 2 hours return.
Walk 4 kilometers along the bottom of the gorge and admire the green circular pool. Allow 3 hours for the return walk.
Gorge Rim Walk and Circular Pool Lookout
A 1.2 kilometers return trail runs along the rim of Dales Gorge.
Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool
Walk down through the changing vegetation of the iron-rich gorge walls to the park's only permanent waterfall (800 meters, 2 hours return walk).
Journey to the 'centre of the Earth' down this steep, narrow gorge. Feel the highly polished rock on the way down to Kermit's Pool (1.5 kilometers, 3 hours return walk).
A short track runs from the car park to the lookout overlooking the falls, which are usually dry, and the plunge pool at their base (100 meters, 10 minutes return). Follow the marked route into the bottom of the gorge to the first pool downstream of the waterfall (3 kilometers, 3 hours return walk).
It is the easiest to access and the shallowest of Karijini's gorges . There is a 30-minute return walk into the gorge's lush, shaded pool. Alternatively, walk within the gorge along a stream and small ponds (3 hours return).
Mt Bruce (Bunurrunha)
Spectacular views from the top of the second tallest peak in WA, called Bunurrunha by the Aboriginal people. There are three walks of varying lengths and difficulty:
• Marandoo View is 500 meters and takes 30 minutes return.
• Honey Hakea Track is 4.6 kilometers - allow 3 hours return.
• The walk to Mt Bruce Summit is 9 kilometers - allow 5 hours for the return trip. This walk is recommended only for fit and experienced walkers.
Access into this gorge is via Knox, Joffre or Hancock Gorges. Rangers must be notified before entering it.
A walk trail takes you down the steep descent into Weano Gorge to the emerald waters of Handrail Pool (300m return). Please tell the ranger if you intend to walk past this point.
NOTE: Please see the reception for more informations.