By far the best way to experience Karijni is by spending a few nights camping in the park.
Although Tom Price is only 60km away, it is a little bit too far to visit by day trip. Karijini deserves at least 2-3 days of your time to properly explore it, and staying out here is part of the fun!
You are able to bring caravans and camper trailers into Karijini.
Karijini Visitor Centre
There are two entrances to Karijini National Park – the eastern entrance which leads to Dales Gorge, and the western entrance of Banjima Drive, which leads to Karijini Eco Retreat, Hancock Gorge and the Weano day use area.
The Karijini Visitors Centre is located at the eastern entrance, close to the intersection which leads to Dales Gorge.
There is a public telephone here, as well as some excellent displays and information about the flora, fauna and geology of the national park.
Dales Gorge Public Campground
The Department of Environment and Conservation manage a camping ground at Dales Gorge. From here it is an easy walk to Dales Gorge, Circular Pool and Fern Pool.
There are two areas to the Dales Gorge camping area – one is for campers who would like to use generators, and the other is a “quiet” generator free area.
As Karijini is a popular destination and gets busy during peak months, there is usually a volunteer caretaker who will help coordinate and manage the campground.
Both campsites have basic facilities, with bush toilets. There are no showers or running water. Camping fees are $11 per adult per night, and you’ll need to pay this to the campground caretaker or ranger.
Karijini Eco Retreat – Luxury Tents and Campground
At the western end of the park, camping and accommodation is available at the Karijini Eco Retreat and Savannah Campground.
The luxury safari tents are more upmarket (and much more expensive!) option than camping. Prices start at around $300 a night. The tents feature en suite bathrooms, king-sized bed and linen. There is limited low-wattage electrical supply, charged by solar power. There is no air conditioning.
Slightly cheaper “dorm” style tents which sleep up to 8 people in bunk beds are also available.
There is also a range of unpowered campsites at the Savannah Campground. Rates are $20 per night per person. Although this is slightly more expensive than camping at Dales Gorge, you are able to have a shower at the shared bathroom facilities.
Generators can be used between 4pm and 8pm.
There is also a restaurant and bar on site, as well as a basic kiosk. While food is available at the Karijini Eco Retreat, but we prefer to self-cater and cook for ourselves. The reviews of the the service at Karijini Eco Retreat are hit-and-miss. Some people love it, others find it expensive and not very good value for money.
Website: Karijini Eco Retreat
Phone: Reservations – (08) 9425 5591 | On Site (08) 9189 8013
Entrance Fees and Visitor Information
Karijini is about 60km from Tom Price. It is a remote area and you should make sure to bring everything you need – food, water, fuel and so on.
Although it is remote, don’t worry about being isolated during the peak dry season months. There will be people around (other travelers and national park staff), so if you get stuck there will be people around to help you out.
There is a private vehicle fee of $11 to visit Karijini National Park. Month and year long national park passes are also available. These are a good option if you a planning on visiting a number of different national parks (you’ll save a lot of money!).
Mobile Phones and Internet in Karijini
There is no mobile phone coverage in Karijini National Park.
There is a public telephone at the Visitor’s Centre. Another public telephone and and internet is also available at the Karijini Eco Retreat. Wifi access costs $5 for 30 minutes – but be warned – it is very slow!