Trip to Karajini

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:13
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Gday all, just wondering if anyone has any tips on a trip we are about to take through the inland Western Australia. We are planning on going from Mullewa to Murchison road house, then from there to Mt Augustus then onto Karijini all on dirt roads.
We are looking at doing it over 4 or 5 days in Mazda Bravo 4 x 4....
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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:51

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 23:51
Karajini in the search box gives lots of good responses.

Choose your travel time, it gets hot through there and camping in the heat and dust does nothing for me. Makes walking/treking difficult too, and there are many good walks through the region. Most people travel there in the autumn, winter, spring times.

Tim
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Follow Up By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 10:35

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 10:35
We were in Karijini in July last year - fantastic area - if you are camping there - we found the Dales Gorge campground really good, being waling distance to the start of a lot of gorge walking tracks including the Fern Pool - however there are bush showers at Savannah - we had our own set up - the walks are fantastic the scenery beautiful. At the campgrounds - run by CALM - there are clean pit toilets, bbqs as well as a gas ring stove in the middle of each camping circle - good for socialising as well as cooking - there is water only available at the visitors centre where you can also get a hot solar shower - you are obviously well set up for self sufficiency - given the rougt you are taking - so you will be ok. It was incredibly cold at night when we were there and there were no campfires allowed - so everyone was pretty early into bed. Be prepared with your provisions - it is 200k round trip to Tom Price - a town well worth a visit - the mine tour is fantastic - you go right down into the pit - pretty good shopping in the town as well - we had to get a new tyre while there and ended up buying five at Tyrepower- the price was better than my local Tyrepower could offer.
The caravan park in Tom Price is pretty good as well.
You will enjoy the area - make sure you go into the township of Wittenoom - there is a gem shop with great values - but the owner is a bit of a talker - just keep her moving and you will be right.
Enjoy - wish we were on the road again.
jules
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Follow Up By: Mazda - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:49

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:49
Thanks for youre advice guys, we will not be leaving until around the middle of April so we "Should" mis the most of the heat. We are not real experienced in the art of bush travelling but we are travelling with another couple that have been doing it all there lives so we are bound to learn a lot. One thing I will have to do is keep an eye on the temperatures so we dont freeze at night and cook during the day!! We are trying to make sure we are well organised so we get stuck in the back of beyond without enough supplies ect.....
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Reply By: Snowy 3.0iTD - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 08:51

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 08:51
Mazda

If you only make it to one spot in Karijinni NP then a swim in the Fern Pool / Dales Gorge is it, about a 10-20 min walk down from the car-park, to swim in a lush waterfall pool, that you would not think possible in the harshness of the Pilbara. Paraburdoo is not much (I know, I lived there once) but the bakery at Tom Price is really good. A swim at Hamersley Gorge is also worthwhile. There is also a dirt road connecting Hamersley Gorge to Karijinni NP that is signposted, so that you don't have to go all the way back in to Tom Price. Instead of being boring and travelling the bitumen either in to or out of the Pilbara, you can follow the railway line maintenance road from Karratha to Tom Price or vice versa, you will need to obtain a permit from either the Karratha or Tom Price visitor centres, it is one of the more scenic drives to do although a 4x4 isn't necessary. Be warned though at this time of the year top temps for the day are consistently above 40 celsius, and iron stone roads and high temps can be harsh on tyres.

Regards

Snowy
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 15:51

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 15:51
The road through to Wittenoon has been shut off as is the old town of Wittenoon due to asbestos.

I wasn't aware of a road through from Karijini to Hammersley apart from the outside road which sort of leads to Tom Price. This track must have been hushed up a bit.We were there for a week around Karajine and saw no signs of it.
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Follow Up By: Mazda - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:52

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:52
Thanks for your advice guys, Im sure its all going to be invaluable!!! We will not be leaving until mid April so it should have cooled down bit by then!!! I hope!!!
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Follow Up By: Squizzy - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 07:41

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 07:41
Des,

We were at Wittenoom last year in June.

We had a good road in from the Newman - Port Headland road.
Also able to drive into the Wittenoom Gorge which was spectacular.

The lady in the gem shop will give you directions.

Geoff
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 18:03

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 18:03
Gday Squizzy, we were there in Sept and we heard that Wittenoon was being closed off to the public. We went right to the large lake???, couldn't drive over the mound barrier they had pushed up. Found a nice piece of Tigers eye there though.
The Gem Shop and all the residents were being forced to relocate elsewhere.
Are you coming to the Frolic this year?
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Reply By: ellen m - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 14:37

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 14:37
Have a great trip.. if you have time and go through Karratha, make sure you stop in to Cossack (about 20min north-near Wickham). Great old ghost town - No camping, but cheap backbacker accom. unbelieveable fishing and crabing.
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