There is no doubt WA has some truly unique, spectacularly beautiful landscapes, and there is nothing quite like our state’s north. With the new series of Destination WA soon to kick off, we thought we’d revisit one of our favourite places – Karijini.
About an hour from Tom Price, Karijini National Park is WA’s second largest national park. It is well known for it’s iconic landscape of bright red dirt, pristine creeks, unique native fauna and flora and – most impressive of all – the towering sheer-sided chasms up to 100 metres deep in patterns and colours that astound visitors of all ages. These rocks started out as fine-grained sediment on an ancient sea floor 2,500 million years ago and have been transformed over time into the tough, striated rock we see today.
If you get a chance to visit this place, set aside a couple of days to explore the area and take in the surroundings. There are a couple of designated camping areas to choose from, or you can ‘glamp’ in style at Karijini Eco Retreat. There are a few options, from the delux tents with en suite, to the choice to pitch your own tent in a more ‘natural’ setting. Whichever way you choose to spend the sleeping hours, you will still get to experience one of Mother Nature’s greatest shows every evening – a Karijini sunset. The alfresco restaurant on site offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as take-away options and there is also a fully-licenced bar for those wanting to be a little sociable.
The Retreat is run by the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, which is made up of the three language groups of the area who are the traditional owners of Karijini. They are the proud guardians of the land, not only there to protect it, but to share it and educate visitors about how special the place is. There are tours available now, which are a great way to immerse yourself in the area even more and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of what is around you. It is a very special place, and its stories are worth hearing.
Getting to Karijini is not difficult; you don’t even need a 4WD and there is a bus service from Perth if you don’t have a car. What an adventure that would be!
Watch our archive clip from Destination WA on this amazing place here.
For more information, visit www.karijiniecoretreat.com.au
Feature image credit: Christopher Fulham