We're smack bang in the middle of true red rock gorge territory here. This is a really special place.
Karijini National Park is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, in that triangle between Paraburdoo, Tom Price and Newman - more or less. We called in for an overnight stay whilst enroute from Ayers Rock to the west coast.
LOVED IT - here's why.
- Landscape to die for. Actually, landscape to die IN if you're not careful. Excursions involving clambering down vertical rock walls to find isolated swimming holes don't always pan out well if you've got a crook right knee like me.
- Memorable accommodation at the Karijini Eco Retreat. The overnight rate is hefty, so be prepared for that, but I believe worth it. Superb, permanent tents with open-air ensuite and beautiful bush views out every side. Private and extremely comfortable with king bed or singles.
- Good fun atmosphere at the main dining lodge (in pic above) - that sunset is something I won't forget in a long time.
- The day tour organised for us the next day took us all through the park, into some incredible gorges where a goat track spilled us down into sublime swimming holes. It's photographic heaven out here.
- Good airstrip - plenty of room for your little fleet of safari planes!