Getting to Karijini – Roads and Access

Spinifex bushes carpeting the landscape at Karijini
Spinifex bushes carpeting the landscape at Karijini

Karijini National Park is very remote and is located about 1400km north of Perth.

About 60km from the park entrance, Tom Price is the closest town to Karijini. Accommodation is available at a motel and caravan park. Tom Price is a well equipped town, thanks to the mining boom in the region. While the mining industry has meant that Tom Price has a huge new supermarket and relatively cheap fuel for this remote part of Australia, it also means that accommodation options can be limited and expensive.

More information is available from the helpful Tom Price Visitor Centre – http://www.tompricewa.com.au.

The closest airports are at Parabadoo and Newman, which are serviced by QANTAS and Skywest. Car hire is available in both these towns.

Slightly further afield are Karratha and Exmouth, both of which are about 600km away. Campervan hire is available in Exmouth and this can be a good option as it also provides you with comfortable mobile accommodation.

 

What are the Roads Like in Karijini?

Karijini sunset
Karijini sunset

There are two entrances to Karijini National Park. The eastern entrance leads to Dales Gorge and the western Banjima Drive entrance leads to Hancock Gorge, Weano Gorge and the Karijini Eco Retreat.

Outside of the main area of the park lies Hamerserly Gorge, a 55km drive from the western entrance of the park.

You do not need a 4WD to visit Karijini, but a 4WD is definitely recommended! The roads are all unsealed red gravel. They are graded twice a year, and the condition of the roads depends on how recently they have been graded. The roads can get quite corrugated and bumpy at times. So if you take the roads slow and drive carefully, you will be fine to visit Karijini in a standard 2WD car (and many people do!), you will definitely be more comfortable in a 4WD vehicle.

 

Can I Bring a Caravan or Camper Trailer into Karijini?

Yes. There are absolutely no restrictions on caravans or camper trailers in Karijini.

Generators are allowed in certain parts of the Dales Gorge Campground. Generators can be used at the Savannah Campground at Karijini Eco Retreat between 4pm and 8pm.

For more information about camping in Karijini – check out our Camping and Accommodation info

 

Can I visit Karijini on a day trip?

Yes and no. It depends on how much you want to see, and how you like to travel.

Karijini is home to some of Australia’s most spectacular and unique landscapes, and camping overnight is highly recommended. Also, the driving time involved will make for a very long day and you won’t be able to properly enjoy the walks and explore the gorges properly! But, if you are pressed for time, it is possible to check out the main attractions in a day. You just need to think about the distances involved and plan ahead.

  • from Tom Price, the drive along the highway to either Dales Gorges or Hancock Gorge will take 1.5-2 hours
  • allow for a couple of hours exploring Dales Gorge and a couple of hours to visit Hancock Gorge
  • allow an hour or so of driving within the national park
  • and then allow 1.5-2 2 hours to get back to Tom Price

If you are pressed for time and have no other option, then yes, it is possible to visiti Karijini on a day trip. But we would recommend spending one or two nights camping in this amazing place. That days are only part of the fun – after a full day of exploring, it is incredible to kick back with some dinner, some beers or wine, and watch the Milky Way start to illuminate the night sky!

 

Can I bring my dog to Karijini?

Dogs and pets are not allowed into Karijini National Park.

 

Where is the closest Petrol Station?

Tom Price is the nearest place with petrol supplies. It is about 60km from Tom Price to the entrance of Karijini National Park.

There is no petrol or diesel available within Karijini.

 

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