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Karinjini’s reputation precedes it. “Beautiful, gorgeous, Australia’s best National Park!”
With high expectation, we’ve driven into the Pilbara region, best known for its enormous iron ore mining enterprises, to visit Karinjini NP and do some strenuous walking to compensate for lolling at the beach for a couple of weeks.
There’s many gorges within Karinjini, Dale’s, Weano and Hancock, Joffre and Knox.
Dale’s Gorge is spectacular. At one end of the gorge are the Fortescue Falls which flow all year round while at the other end, the waterfall into Circular Pool is seasonal.
Tucked away upstream a short distance from Fortescue Falls is Fern Pool, a deep clear peaceful place continuously fed by yet more falls. The local Indigenous people believe that the pool was formed as a hideout by a Dreamtime Serpent in the time when the earth was soft. If Pygmy Pythons can be called serpents, then they are still in residence!! The 2 1/2 hour gorge walk was arduous and at times slippery, but awesome.
The superlatives (and expletives) flowed as we walked onto the viewing platform over the junction of three deep narrow gorges at Oxer Lookout. Sobered by a memorial in honour of a volunteer who had died in a flash flood while engaged in a rescue operation, our mood change to one of utter respect after seeing the supreme majesty of the deep sheer walled chasm. The walks into this wondrous formation were extremely arduous, way beyond our physical prowess so we walked the floor of upper Weano Gorge instead.
Knox Gorge and Joffre Falls are both easily seen from lookouts reached along short walking tracks. They too are majestic in the extreme, deep, narrow gorges of stacked, banded iron rock, and crystal clear waterholes connected by creeks and cascades flowing along the floor.
The rock formations make Karinjini unique. Banded iron rock composed of thinly layered silica, iron oxides, dolomite, shale and blue asbestos create a vividly striped affect. Where faults have caused cracks, they are straight as if the multi layer rock has been cut with a sharp knife. (The asbestos is perfectly safe until milled.)
We leave Karinjini National Park raving about it’s extreme beauty and majesty too.
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