Gorges & Waterfalls

    

 

Joffre Gorge,  Joffre Falls & Knox Lookout


The closest gorge to the Karijini Eco Retreat. 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 bottom of the gorge and see the curved wall which forms a natural amphitheatre with an amazing natural waterfall (Class 4-5 – 3 kilometres, 3 hours return).

 

 

Hamersley Gorge & Spa Pool


Hamersley Gorge is in the north-west of Karijini, further afield than the other gorges. Swirls of rock sweep down through the gorge and waterfalls rush into tranquil pools.This is a dramatic gorge, full of colour, texture and reflections and a great spot for a swim. (Class 3-4, 400m-1km, 1-3 hours return).

 

 

Weano Gorge, Handrail Pool & Oxer Lookout


Weano Gorge is perhaps the most accessible gorge in Karijini. But this makes it no less spectacular and beautiful. Around the top of the gorge there are relatively easy walks accessible from the picnic area.

 

For the less adventurous, the Upper Weano Gorge Trail is Class 4. For the adventurous, Weano Gorge also offers a challenging Class 5 scramble over boulders and through narrow passages and wading through pools to Handrail Pool. From Oxer Lookout there are unsurpassed views of the junction of Weano, Red, Joffre and Hancock gorges. You can see the tiers of banded iron formation that tower over a pool at the bottom of the gorge. From here, the sheer enormity and grandeur of the gorges is evident.

 

A walking trail takes you down the steep descent into Weano Gorge to the emerald waters of Handrail Pool. Access to Handrail Pool begins at the end of the lower Weano Gorge Trail. Use the handrail to climb down 150m. (Class 4-5, 1km, 1.5 hours return).

 

 

Hancock Gorge, Spider Walk & Kermit's Pool


Take a journey to the 'centre of the Earth' down this steep and narrow gorge. Climb down the ladder, and proceed through the highly polished rock on the way down to Kermit's Pool. (Class 2-5 (changes along the trail), 1.5km, 3 hours return).

 

 

Dales Gorge, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool & Circular Pool Lookout


On the east side of the Karijini National Park is Dales Gorge. Walk the track and experience wildlife along the creek-side trail between Fortescue Falls and Circular Pool Trail. (Class 4, 3km, 3 hours return).

 

Gorge Rim Walk and Circular Pool Lookout - the easiest Dales Gorge trail is the Rim, starting from either Circular Pool or Fortescue Falls car park. (Class 3, 2km, 2 hours return).

 

Circular Pool - a loose, steep descent, then an easy ramble to the hidden gardens of Circular Pool in Dales Gorge. Enjoy a swim in the refreshing permanent waters. This is an arduous walk so you must allow at least 2 hours return. (Class 4, 800m, 2 hours return).

 

Fortescue Falls & Fern Pool - walk down through the changing vegetation of the iron-rich gorge walls to the park's only permanent waterfall. Just a short distance from Fortescue Falls, you can swim in the refreshing, spring-fed Fern Pool. (Class 4, 800m, 1 hour return).

 

 

Kalamina Gorge & Rock Arch Pool


Kalamina 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. Or walk within the gorge along a stream and small ponds and view the amazing rock structures and Rock Arch Pool (Class 4, 3km, 3 hours return). 

 

 

Class 6 Restricted Areas


The Weano, Hancock and Knox Gorges all end in restricted Class 6 areas. DO NOT enter these restricted areas without permission from the rangers.

 

Red Gorge is entirely Class 6 restricted. You can see it from Oxer Lookout, and reach it from Knox, Joffre or Hancock Gorges, but you’ll need to be with a qualified guide and rangers must be notified before entering it.

 

 

Mt Bruce (Punurrunha)


Spectacular views from the top of the second tallest peak in WA, called Punurrunha by the Aboriginal people. There are three walks of varying lengths and difficulty:

Marandoo View: Class 2, 500m, 30 minutes return

Honey Hakea Track: Class 3, 4.6km, 3 hours return

Mt Bruce Summit: Class 5, 9km, 5 hours return

 

 

Hiking & Bushwalking Safety


The Park is packed with adventure but plan ahead, prepare, read the signage and safety information and be careful. Be aware of the trail classifications (class 2-5) and assess your fitness and ability. Expect to encounter - especially on the more difficult class trails - steep steps, uneven ground, natural obstacles like rocks and streams, narrow high ledges, slippery wet rocks, vertical drops.

 

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions who manage the Karijini National Park, advise the following:
Consider taking a PLB (Personal Locater Beacon); stay back from cliff edges; don’t enter the gorges if raining or imminent rain, and leave immediately if it starts to rain as dangerous flash floods can occur; the water in the gorge pools can be extremely cold and hypothermia can occur, test the temperature before you enter the water and don’t jump or dive in; stay on established trails.

 

 

Take care in the gorges, and leave if it starts to rain as flash flooding can occur.

Guided tours run from April to October in selected gorges. Please see reception for more information.

 

 

Download the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Information and Walking Trails brochure