Karijini National Park

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands of Karijini National Park - the Banjima, Yinhawangka, Kurrama and Innawonga people.

Karijini National Park covers 627,422 hectares and is Western Australia’s second largest National Park. Set in the Hamersley Range in the heart of the Pilbara, the expansive Karijini National Park offers rugged scenery, ancient geological formations, and a range of recreational experiences.

Gorges and Pools

The gorges are an experience you cannot miss whilst you’re exploring Karijini, offering a refreshing retreat from the arid plains above. Take one of the many walk trails and experience the spectacular scenery, dramatic waterfalls and clear, fresh pools. To learn more about the many gorges in Karijini National Park, click here.

Karijini National Park is also home to waterfalls and swimming pools such as Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool.

Fortescue Falls is a must-see natural phenomenon and is the park’s only permanent waterfall. Enjoy a swim in the refreshing waters and lay on a rock warming in the sun.

Fern Pool is one of the most picturesque settings in the park. It is easily accessible with handrails and staircases making it a popular destination for visitors.

History and Traditional Owners

Evidence of the Banjima, Yinhawangka, Kurrama and Innawonga people at Karijini dates back more than 30,000 years. During that period, Aboriginal land management practices have helped determine the range of plants and animals found in the park today.

Fern Pool and Circular Pool are among many special places to Aboriginal people. To protect the heritage, cultural and environmental values of these areas, visitors are encouraged to enter the water quietly and avoid making loud noises at Fern Pool. Circular Pool is currently closed to all visitors due to shifting rocks after 2021 rains, but the lookout at the top does the magnificent pool justice.

Karijini Visitor Centre

The Karijini Visitor Centre is located off Banjima Drive (eastern section). It is open from 9am to 4pm every day year round, but closes for a period of 6-9 weeks from mid-December.

Visitor Centre staff have a wealth of knowledge and can help you discover the natural and cultural history of the park. The Visitor Centre also provides maps and tour information to get the most out of your Karijini Experience.

Park entry fees apply via a day pass, multi-day options or annual pass. Many day tours also operate out of Tom Price.

How to get to Karijini

Travellers can access the park from Karratha, Tom Price or Newman via sealed and unsealed roads. Qantas provides daily flights to the town of Paraburdoo, just 100kms from Karijini National Park. Car hire is available from Paraburdoo Airport.

The ideal time to visit Karijini National Park is during Australia’s late autumn, winter and early spring (April – September).