Karijini National Park
A spectacular sight to behold, Karijini National Park is a highlight of any trip to Western Australia's Pilbara region and is full of hidden natural wonders just waiting to be explored.
The second largest National Park in Western Australia, Karijini is located in the Hamersley Ranges with Tom Price as its closest town, just over 100km away or about an hour and 15 minutes drive.
The climate in Karijini National Park is best described as 'tropical semi desert'. Rainfall can vary dramatically and is mainly during the summer months when temperatures can frequently reach 40 degrees celsius or more. The locals are used to the weather out here and our tours always travel in air-conditioned comfort, plus that dip in the rockpools is made even more refreshing! Winter days are generally warm and clear, but nights can be cold and sometimes frosty.
Karijini Flora and Fauna
Karijini National Park is home to many different types of animals - when you're exploring Karijini you are likely to see a variety of different birdlife and you may be lucky enough to spot echidnas, red kangaroos and rock wallabies as well as geckos and goannas, dragons, pythons and other snakes which are abundant throughout the park.
Wildflowers are another highlight - especially for budding photographers - and can vary from season to season, in the cooler months you'll see a covering of yellow cassias and flowering wattles, northern bluebells and purple mulla-mullas - and many plants bloom profusely after rain.
Top tips when visiting Karijini
While every view in Karijini is spectacular and one-of-a-kind, a few of the highlights for the team at Lestok Tours include;
- Swimming at Fern Pool
- Knox Gorge - the highest lookout in Karijini
- Oxer Lookout to see the junction of Weano, Joffre, Hancock and Red gorges
- The towering Fortescue Falls
- Taking a walk down into Hancock Gorge - a journey to the 'centre of the earth’
- Aboriginal culture and heritage at the interpretive centre
Karijini National Park is also know for its excellent walking trails, with options to suit everyone from beginners to the adventurous! Each route offers something unique, whether it's exploring the breathtaking gorges, paddling through waterways or taking a dip under the waterfalls with the sparkling rock pools.
Lestok Tours offers daily tours of the park in air-conditioned comfort and your own local guide, but if you do decide to explore Karijini on your own, it is imperative that you obey all signage and stay on the marked paths. Make sure you carry plenty of water, wear good footwear and leave if it starts to rain as there is a risk of flash flooding.
Note that unless you are travelling as a guest with Lestok Tours to Karijini, a park entrance fee applies. For guests on our tours all fees are included in your tour.
Karijini National Park Accommodation
Tom Price is a great place to base yourself on a trip to Karijini and is a leisurely and scenic drive to the park entrance. The town offers several accommodation options to suit all types of travellers - as well as amenities, restaurants and shops to grab supplies for your days out exploring.
If you are looking to stay right amongst the beauty of the park at Karijini Eco Retreat, this is also included as one of the pick up points for our Karijini Full Day Gorge tours so you can still take advantage of our local knowledge and expert guides.