Gorges, pools & waterfalls
The Spa Pool in Hamersley Gorge is one of Karijini’s most photographed sites, and it’s not hard to see why. Use the ladder and handrails along its curving rock walls to descend into its cool, deep blue depths.
Near Karijini Eco Retreat, make the steep climb into Joffre Gorge to enter a rocky amphitheatre with a plunge pool and waterfall.
It takes some scrambling – as well as wading through cold water – to get to Weano Gorge and Handrail Pool. But the serene end result, feeling like you’ve entered the belly of the earth, is well worth it. A visit to the bright green Kermit’s Pool will require a class 5 difficult ‘spider walk’ along the multi-layered Hancock Gorge.
The four-kilometre Dales Gorge walk takes you along the bottom of the gorge to walk among ferns and gumtrees, stopping at its waterholes. Here, you can also make the two-hour return walk to the Circular Pool, as well as Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool.
Remember, it is important to leave the gorges if it starts to rain as flash flooding can occur.
Attractions & activities
While the gorges are seen as the main attraction, there’s plenty to do at Karijini. Look over the Weano, Red, Hancock and Joffre gorges up at Oxer Lookout, and walk amongst winter-blooming wildflowers like northern bluebells, purple mulla mullas and lemongrass. Or hike the Mount Bruce Summit Trail on Punurunha/Mount Bruce – the state’s second-highest peak.