Go bushwalking at Dales Gorge and Circular Pool – two of the best spots for a picnic at Karijini National Park in Western Australia’s north-west.
Two-billion years in the making, Karijini National Park is one of the country’s most spectacular natural attractions offering amazing hiking trails through ancient gorges.
In Dales Gorge, a four-kilometre walk trail runs along the bottom of the gorge. Here you can go swimming in the stream, permanent water-pools and beneath waterfalls.
Lush green ferns and the occasional gum-tree contrast with the red-terraced cliffs weathered by time. Give yourself three hours to make the return journey.
The two-hour return hike to Circular Pool involves a loose steep descent and then an easy ramble. Here, you’ll find hidden gardens and a clear rock pool.
You can see Circular Pool from a lookout on the Gorge Rim Walk. This walk follows the rim of Dales Gorge between Circular Pool Lookout and the beginning of the Fortescue Falls track.
Karijini National Park is a two-hour drive from the town of Newman and is best accessed by joining a four-wheel drive tour.
Tourists are advised to check for alerts and road/park closures before commencing their travel on www.emergency.wa.gov.au and https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au.
ActivitiesBirdwatching Four Wheel Driving Hiking Swimming Walks
Vehicle with up to 12 occupants: AUD15 per vehicle and Concession Fee of AUD8 per vehicle. Vehicle with more than 12 occupants but not on a commercial tour: AUD7 per occupant (6 years or older) and Concession Fee of AUD2.50 per occupant. Motorcycle: AUD8 per motorcycle.