The Fortescue River feeds a lush Garden of Eden in the heart of the north Pilbara desert, creating one of the most picturesque walking, fishing, canoeing, bird watching, wildflower and bush camping spots in the State.
This tropical oasis lies in Millstream Chichester National Park, a two-hour drive south-east of Karratha. For those seeking adventure and cultural insights on the Warlu Way, it’s a must-see after exploring the ancient canyons of Karijini National Park.
There are more than 500 plant species surrounding the Fortescue, many of them creating a dazzling wildflower display in mid-winter (between June and August) and a haven for some 120 species of birds, 30 species of mammals and 150 species of reptiles.
Deep Reach Pool is also home to the mystical Warlu serpent, making it one of the most sacred places for the local Yindjibarndi people and neighbouring Indigenous communities. Rest and enjoy the tranquillity here, or head to nearby Crossings Pool for picnics, fishing, canoeing, hiking and camping under the stars.
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
Entry fees apply to Millstream-Chichester National Park see website https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/know/park-entry-fees
Private vehicle with up to 12 occupants – AUD15 per vehicle, Concession AUD8 per vehicle
Private vehicle with more than 12 occupants – AUD7 per occupant 6 years or older, Concession AUD2.50 per occupant
Motorcycle – AUD8 per motorcycle