Trek Comment: Karijini National Park

Hi were thinking of heading up to Karijini mid July with a camper van, can anyone give me an idea of the best place to camp, need ablutions, cheers
Gary
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Reply By: bellony - Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 23:00

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 23:00
Not much choice.
Dales Campground with drop dunny.
Eco Retreat for anything more.
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Reply By: Dusta - Friday, May 15, 2020 at 14:07

Friday, May 15, 2020 at 14:07
you'd best to wait and make plans after they announce in june at the earliest if the kimberlies is going to be opened up. Even though our regional borders have been slightly relaxed the kimberlies will be one of the last regions to open up.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Friday, May 15, 2020 at 15:09

Friday, May 15, 2020 at 15:09
Karijini is in the PILBARA region, not the Kimberley.
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Reply By: Alan H11 - Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 07:58

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 07:58
Assuming that you can actually go, then Dales is accessible on tar; I prefer the Ecolodge campground. We had a site at the far west end, which gave beautiful sunset views.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 08:33

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 08:33
We were at Karajini in June '18. We climbed Mt Meharry first then drove up to Dales, arriving late afternoon , to find it full, and we had to camp in the overflow section. This is not huge area like Dales is, and it soon filled up, people arriving well after dark.

We secured some sites in Dales the next morning, in the non-generator area. A dual long drop dunny(Without a doubt the cleanest & most odourless long drop I've ever used, in over 70 years!) about 100M away, but no ablutions available. We went up to the Interpretive Centre, where showers were available but you had to "buy" a key to enter & there was a few waiting. Went back to camp & had a sponge bath.



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Follow Up By: Member - rocco2010 - Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 09:49

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 09:49
Overcrowding has been an issue at Dales for a few years and last year it moved to online booking.

You can’t just turn up anymore.

Karijini bookings

A favourite place. Rather be there now than stuck at home.

Cheers

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Reply By: Candace S. - Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 07:39

Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 07:39
Thanks for this thread. I'd never paid any attention to Karijini NP. While the gorges seem to get most of the attention, Karijini also looks like a good place to visit some mountain summits. :)
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 11:04

Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 11:04
Candace,

In 2018, we climbed Mt Meharry, 3 of us in vehicles & 2 intrepid souls walked up.



On the day we left Dales Campground, headed for Tom Price, Hammersley Gorge, Wittenoom & eventually Auski Roadhouse late that afternoon, the 2 walkers left before daylight & scaled Mt Bruce. By all reports, much more difficult than the walk up Meharry, but an exhilarating walk/climb nonetheless.



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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Monday, May 18, 2020 at 01:25

Monday, May 18, 2020 at 01:25
Thanks.

Meharry reminds me of the Sir Frederick Range high point (along the Sandy Blight Road). I opted to park near the base and walk up. And after seeing the road conditions up higher, I was glad I did!

There are also quite a number of other peaks in Karijini. Though I haven't figured out yet if there are any trails/paths on them. Or if the management is ok with walkers making their own way up and down them. :)
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Reply By: Member - peter_mcc - Monday, May 18, 2020 at 10:23

Monday, May 18, 2020 at 10:23
I'd suggest the Eco resort - we stayed at Dales but there isn't as much to do there so most days we drove across. Dales has one gorge/day walk, the Eco resort has quite a few gorges. The road between them was ok - corrugated dirt - but it's 45kms each way so an extra 90kms/day of rattling along a dirt road.
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