Day 45 – Karijini National Park Day 1

15th July, 2016.

It was a quick run down the highway to the turnoff towards Karijini National Park where we arrived at around 9.30am. There were a few vans queued ahead of us checking in with the Camp Hosts but when our turn came we had no problems getting a nice sunny site (43) in the non-generator area in Kangaroo Loop for the princely sum of $66 for 5 nights. We were quickly set up and decided to head to Tom Price to get groceries and fuel up for our intended drives in the NP.

It is quite a picturesque drive of just over 100kms on a good road to Tom Price. I took quite a few photos from the moving car.

A little bit of information about how the town got its name.

The town offers free internet access for residents and visitors so we gave it a test out. I had a lot of apps to update on the iPad and Erich was busy picking up his emails. We calculated the daily allowance is about 200mb per device and we used every bit. Thanks Tom Price! There is no phone or internet reception within the National Park. The only time we could get signal was when we were near Mt Bruce where the Marandoo Mine site is located.

Mt Bruce, the second highest peak in WA.

On our way back to the campground we stopped off for a look at Fortescue Falls as the viewing area at the top of Dales Gorge is only a few hundred metres from the car park. This is a panorama of the top of the gorge at that point.

Fortescue Falls taken from the rim of the gorge.

There was a sign about blue asbestos being present as blue coloured veins in the rock. I’m not sure if this pale coloured rock is asbestos or not.

Another view looking down the gorge.

I thought this was an interesting plant but have no idea what it is.

Another shot of the falls.

As the Circular Pool lookout was just a short drive further on, we decided to have a look at it in the afternoon light. Unfortunately it was mostly in shadow making it difficult to photograph.

Panoramas were difficult from this angle.

This gum tree has a precarious perch.

Back at camp we studied the maps and planned our trip to Hamersley Gorge for the next morning.

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