Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), a five hour drive away from Karratha. Here you’ll discover an outback playground of rugged ranges, deep gorges, stunning waterfalls and clear plunge pools. The park offers different types of accommodation and can be visited all year round, but is most interesting in autumn or early winter.
Covering an area of approximately 628 hectares, Karijini is the second largest national park in Western Australia’s (WA). Its landscape of deep gorges and rocky tunnels was formed over 2 billion years ago, when the atmosphere contained much less oxygen, and the only forms of life were simple iron and silica rich bacteria and algae. Over many millions of years, these iron-rich deposits gradually turned into the tough well-bedded rock you find in the park today.
Formerly known as Hamersley National Park, its modern name originates from the traditional Aboriginal land owners. The Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga Aboriginal people of Western Australia (WA) have lived in Karijini National Park for over 20,000 years, and it is proven that the diversity of vegetation and animal species found in the park today are a result of their ancient land management practices.
European explorer F.T. Gregory explored the area in 1861 and named the Hamersley Range, a major feature of Karijini National Park, after his close friend Edward Hamersley.
A diverse array of Western Australian (WA) plant and animal species thrive in Karijini National Park. While exploring the area you may encounter red kangaroos and euros, rock-wallabies, echidnas, geckos, goannas, dragons, legless lizards, snakes, bats and a wide variety of birds. Wildflowers vary with the seasons, but you may see many plants bloom profusely after rainy periods.
Karijini accommodation and facilities
Toilets, showers and water are available near Karijini Visitor Centre. Information shelters, picnic tables, and gas barbecues are also provided in the campgrounds and day use areas (visitor and camping fees apply).
Karijini National Park accommodation includes various camping facilities at Savannah and Dales Camp Grounds, or safari tents at Karijini Eco Retreat.
Getting to Karijini National Park
If you are travelling from Karratha, turn right onto the Northwest Coastal Highway. Turn right onto the sealed road to Millstream-Chichester National Park then continue east along the Roebourne-Wittenoom Road, finally turning south-west along the Nanutarra-Wittenoom Road through Rio Tinto Gorge, past the Hamersley Gorge turnoff and south-east onto the Hamersley-Mount Bruce Road.
From Roebourne, head south to Millstream-Chichester National Park. Then continue east along the Roebourne-Wittenoom Road, finally turning south-west along the Nanutarra-Wittenoom Road through Rio Tinto Gorge, past the Hamersley Gorge turnoff and south-east onto the Hammersley-Mount Bruce Road.
Qantas operates daily flights into Parabardoo in Western Australia (WA) - approximately 100 kilometers from Karijini National Park.
Email Karratha Visitor Centre, or call +61 8 9144 4600, if you wish to find out more about Western Australia’s (WA) Karijini National Park attractions and accommodation.
Some information presented in this website has been sourced, with permission, from the Shire of Roebourne website.
- Swimming in Dales Gorge in the Karijini National Park
- See the explosion of colour that is the annual wildflower season in the Karijini National Park
- Explore the outback in Australia's West Pilbara region