Karijini National Park

Trip Start Jul 23, 2012
Trip End Feb 03, 2013

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

We all woke up early to try and get away by 8.30am. Rhys and Dad packed the land rover while Nicola, Mum and I looked like we were busy in the kitchen….we went to the supermarket to get our supplies and were all in the car by 9am heading for Karijini. 

We Stopped off at a truck stop for morning tea, Rhys ate a really bad pie, he picked up a cheese, bacon and beef one instead of a pepper steak. 
It was a very long drive into Karijini along some cool red, corrugated dirt roads. Rhys had a drive of the landrover….not as good as Reg!
We saw a few Rio Tinto trains heading for Karratha, all about 230 carriages long!! We stopped to video one and had the
driver toot us. 

We drove to the top of Mt Sheila for lunch and had a great view over the Pilbara. 

Finally arrived to Dale Camp around 1630, set up the tent and cracked a beer just before sunset! It was a great day getting back out into the red dust and reminded us a lot of our honeymoon
across the Simpson. 

Very pleasant evening had yummy lamb chops for dinner then retired to bed – very happy to be camping!


We all woke up just after the sun, very nice crisp morning. Rhys and Dad cooked bacon and eggs sandwiches while Nicola, Mum and I relaxed in the morning sun. Packed a small daypack and headed off for our first gorge. Dad took us the short cut to find the track to Dales Gorge……he
wasn't too far off (luckily). Saw some cute spinifix pigeons, which Nicola was very happy about and gave us a detailed history on the bird. 

We got to the lookout down to Circular pool and the first thing that came to our minds was 'why is that there’ the gorge just appeared out of now where and was huge! There was a beautiful, very
inviting pool at one end that was our first destination for the day. 

It was a reasonably steep descent into the gorge then it was a lovely walk along the rocks to reach circular pool. We both went for a swim, Rhys a little braver as he stayed in for much longer, I jumped in then couldn’t get out quick enough – it was bloody cold! Thankfully it was a
very warm day so it didn’t take long to warm up on the walk to fern pool, at the other end of the gorge. 
We passed some beautiful rock formations; pools and the colours of the gorge were amazing

Had another swim at Fern pool, which was considerably warmer and had a cool little waterfall to sit under. Unfortunately we were joined by a group of tourists so we high tailed it out before it got
too rowdy. 

Walked back to camp for lunch then all piled into the landy to visit the information centre, Rhys did his usual walk around reading EVERYTYHING as the rest of us waited patiently, direct all
questions regarding Karijini’s flora and fauna to Rhys especially why the Zebra finch is always found around water. 

The rest of the afternoon was spend exploring Kalamina gorge and due to Nicola’s ‘I am not going any further as it all looks the same’ we missed out by one corner to see the Rock Arch pool. 

On the drive home the poor old landy started to make some strange noises, when Rhys reversed into camp there was a horrible grinding noise, which he thought, was most likely a wheel bearing….
Nicola and I made a G and T to watch the boys investigate the noise.  Upon getting the tyre off they found the disc break holding pin had come loose and was grinding against the wheel rim. Dad
was ready to ring his mate to come and pick us up with his car trailer however Rhys used a tent peg to replace the pin, problem solved to Dad’s great relief. 

Ate dinner under a full moon, watched the stars then all hit the sack. 

Day three at Karijini Dawned and we were off for a rather large day exploring. After yet some more bacon and eggs we piled into the landy and headed for the western side of the park.
Joffre Gorge was first on the list, and we found a pretty cool track heading down to the base of the falls from the lookout. 
On the way down a Nicola and Sue did very well getting down the tricky bits and traversing the water at the bottom of the climb. once in the gorge proper grant and I went for a swim and climbed up part of the waterfall
After a group photo Raelene and I climbed out of the gorge up through the waterfall entrance rather than going back up the track....made us feel hardcore....
Hancock and Weano Gorges were next and both offered challenges. Hancock having an awesome 'Spider Walk' where we all kept our feet dry and Weano having a Handrail that descended into a beautiful amphitheatre. 
At the base of both of the gorges there was the start of the Grade 6 walks which basically means rope access is required, fantastic looking gorges and pretty easy looking canyoning, we vowed to bring the ropes and harnesses next time...
Back to camp we went for much beer, steak and relaxing, not looking forward to packing up and heading off tomorrow. 
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Loz on

Tent peg to the rescue!

Nicola on

Oi...I don't believe it was because "it all looked the same" that I didn't go further, but the issue with my shoes thank you!!! Haha, love the photos!

mareeandnevbent on

So, some good ole kiwi ingenuity from the ozzie huh? Sounds like you had a great time.

Jane on

MacGuyver to the rescue, well done Rhys. Gives me a whole new confidence in your abilities. :)

rhys_raelene on

We would like to formally apologise to Nicola for saying she said ' I am not going any further as it all looks the same' she stopped and waited with Dad as she had blisters developing on her feet from her shoes.....Sorry Nicola :)

Justin Warren on

That video is radical! Love that

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