Nestled amongst a pristine bush setting at Joffre Gorge in the heart of the Karijini National Park, the Karijini Eco Retreat offers a choice of affordable camping and ‘glamping’ – a fusion of camping and comfort. And a few other things besides…
1. Camp close to nature
Savannah Campground has 82 sites for tents, campervans and caravans with shared bathroom amenities (flushing toilets and solar hot water showers) and four undercover bush kitchens with gas barbecue, sink, preparation area and seating.
2. Glamping it up a level
‘Glamp it up’ in deluxe eco tents with hotel-quality bedding and en-suites. Tucked up in your king-sized bed with luxurious linen, you’ll be lulled by the chirping of frogs, crickets and sounds of the outback through the canvas walls.
Sit and absorb the sunset glow on your private wooden patio where you can drift away on the blanket of stars that reflect Karijini’s timelessness. For a more rustic option, there are dorm-style eco tents and cabins.
3. Dining under the stars
All Karijini Eco Retreat guests can savour the starlight hours at the fully licensed bar and dine al fresco in the outback-style restaurant. Try a uniquely Australian dinner menu infused with local ingredients and served with a taste of genuine outback ‘mateship’ hospitality.
Continental and cooked breakfasts are available, along with lunches and packed picnics to take with you as you explore Karijini’s magnificent gorges. Coffee, tea, snacks, drinks and esky ice are available at the kiosk.
4. Joffre Gorge-ous
A walking trail into the brilliant red cliff faces of Joffre Gorge starts at the retreat. The gorge is home to the grand Joffre Falls, where rushing white waters cascade over a steep stairway of ledges, softening the rugged landscape with their silken flow (three hours return walk).
Neighbouring gorges (Dales, Hancock, Kalamina, Red and Weano) plus the ‘gorgeous’ bathing spots at Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Circular Pool are all within easy driving distance. Alternatively, guided coach tours can be booked at the retreat’s reception.
5. Hands-on cultural lesson
The Karijini Eco Retreat is fully owned by the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation. The area is highly important to its traditional owners, the Banyjima, Innawonga and Nyiyaparli people. Evidence shows their occupation of Karijini dates back more than 30,000 years.
Learn about the local culture such as the fire stick farming practices, which have help shape the unique flora and fauna found in the national park today.