What does Karijini mean in Aboriginal?
Karijini means ‘hilly place’ to the people of the area, but, says Maitland Parker, an elder with the local Banjima group, Karijini refers not only to the national park but includes all the Hamersley Range. Maitland was the senior ranger at the national park for some 25 years, until about five years ago.
How was Karijini Gorge formed?
Horizontal compression caused the rock to buckle and crack before rising up out of the water to form dry land. A drop in sea level caused creeks and rivers to cut down through the rocks, creating the deep gorges that we see today.
Why is Karijini National Park important?
Karijini National Park protects many different wildlife habitats, landscapes, plants and animals of the Pilbara region. Wildflowers vary with the seasons. In the cooler months, the land is covered with yellow-flowering cassias and wattles, northern bluebells and purple mulla-mullas.
How many gorges does Karijini have?
Head to Junction Point and Oxer lookouts which are located near the junction point of the four gorges (Weano, Red, Hancock, and Joffre) and offer views of the 100 metre high cliff walls and the pools in the gorges below.
What should I wear for Karijini?
What to Take to Karijini National Park
- 3-6 Litres of water per person per day depending on how much hiking you’ll be doing.
- Headlamp for dusk/dawn walks.
- Good water shoes or light walking shoes (you don’t need boots for the day walks).
- Sunhat for protection.
- Insect Repellent.
- Swimwear for gorge pools.
How many days should you stay at Karijini?
You can see the main sights in three days, but you’ll need five to explore more extensively. Allow yourself enough time to travel between gorges and start early to avoid the heat. There are no petrol stations within Karijini so it’s essential to bring ample fuel for travel within the park.
Do I need a 4WD for Karijini?
You do not need a 4WD (or 4×4) to visit Karijini but it is recommended! If you had a 2WD car make sure you drink extra slow and carefully.
Is there crocodiles in Karijini?
Being so far inland, and far enough south, you won’t see a single crocodile at Karijini. No fresh water ones, and most importantly, no saltwater crocs. The only risk of swimming here is the temperature of some of the water. The incredible pools and bodies of water in the park do not have any crocodiles.
Where are the gorges in Karijini National Park?
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.
How old is the Karijini National Park in India?
Located in the Hamersley Ranges the Karijini National Park truly is a spectacular experience. There are sparkling rock pools, sheer cliff faces, waterfalls and breathtaking gorges. Karijini National Park is over 2 billion years old and still stunning!
Where to stay in Karijini National Park in WA?
The camping area at Dales is one of two locations in the park where you can stay overnight. It is a large campground with picnic tables and gas barbecues at the nearby picnic area and is a good base from which to explore the park. Campsites are in very high demand from June to September.
What kind of animals are in Karijini National Park?
There is also an abundance of wildlife you may see, but not guaranteed, birds, kangaroos, dingoes, snakes, gecko’s, echidna’s, emus…. The colours of the rocks and cliffs really has to be seen to appreciate the brightness and crispness of the colour.