Sunday, 4 September 2011
Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park is the 2nd largest such park in WA @ 627,000 hectares. It is part of the Hamersley Range which started to form 2,500 million yrs ago as sediment on the sea floor. Over millions of yrs the iron-rich deposits were transformed by more complicated geology that I won't bore you with. Geography lesson is now over :) The mining companies are taking over nearly every profitable parcel of land & turning it into deep pits. Thank goodness for National Parks.
Mountains & escarpments rise out of the flat valleys. The area has breathtaking gorges (that go 100 mtrs into the earth rather than upwards) & stony, tree lined watercourses. Snappy Gums - the white gums in the pics - look stunning against the rich red escarpments. Almost the entire area that is accessible to the public is covered in seasonal wildflowers, spinifex grass that is still green, snappy gums, eucalypts, mulga trees & many more native bushes.
Erosion has created the landscape of rolling hills, escarpments & at least 6 gorges over 2,000 million yrs.
Driving through the eastern approach road to Karijini gave us amazing views of scenes to come
The views from a lookout are amazing.
Every where we drove we had amazing views like these
Dales Gorge is the closest to our camp ground. You can see how the wide gap opens up into earth from the landscape. We had magnificent views for our 1st taste of Karijini gorges.
Weano Gorge was a 45 min drive away. (the other 4 gorges are near by as well)
Some sections of the gorge walk are class 5 out of 6 (6 needing a guide). I was slightly challenged in a couple of sections. We had to take our shoes off & get our feet wet ( we had reef walker shoes for comfort).
Oxer lookout was nearby.
It is a junction where 4 gorges meet. Can't describe each 1, but Weano was 1 of them.
We had to go down another 100 mtrs again to get to Hancock Gorge. This walk is a class 5 again in sections. Definitely took me past my comfort zone. We had to hug the wall of the cliff, walking on narrow ledges again to keep out of the water. Yhis is the section we left our backpack & shoes behind again, along with my binoculars & camera. Just hoped every one was trust worthy there. for most of the following pics I used the video camera that can take stills as well. (it is an under water camera)
The next day we returned down the same road & diverted towards another pair of gorges - Knox & Joffre Gorge. Same, same but different .............. day.
These pics are looking down into Knox gorge. We only had enough time to do 1 of the 2, so Knox got a cross, for no particular reason other than Joffre has falls. Oh & that Knox takes 3 hrs return & Joffre only 2 hrs return. Why not make life easier on ourselves.
Joffre Gorge has a lookout.............both to the left up the gorge looking towards the falls
Karijini has the most accidents of any other National Park in WA, & we can see why from the walks we did.
Evening sets on our final day there & the views are quite pretty.
Last, & not the least few pics of some of the wildflowers that make Karijini look more spectacular than usual.
Karijini gets my vote as being the most scenic area we've seen so far on our trip. I couldn't find another place so special to spend my 55th birthday. We had a most enjoyable time during our 4 day visit there.
Posted by ournomadicways at 06:22