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Cape Keraudren Nature Reserve

  • (08) 9173 1711

White sands, clear waters and great fishing to be found. Travel 151km along the Great Northern Hwy and then 12km to Coottenbrand tidal creek.

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  • Activities:Boating,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:Camping Ground
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Take the left turn just before Pardoo Roadhouse. Cape Keraudren marks the start of the Eighty Mile Beach and has fabulous fishing, shell collecting and even mud crabs! If you want to stay overnight there's camping grounds, though fees apply. A boat ramp is available too.

Cape Lambert

The wharf at Cape Lambert stretches for 2.7km, built to a minimum of 17.87metres above the water. It is the tallest in Australia. Wickham is the town site at the Point Samson Peninsula in the Pilbara.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

The wharf holds or shares every Australian bulk handling record. Cape Lambert is the site of massive iron ore production and port facilities.

Circular Pool

The Circular Pool is attractive all year, both for the falls in winter and the large, tranquil pool in summer. A short stroll leads to viewing platforms and a boardwalk along the edge Circular Pool.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Gorges,Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Rivers & Lakes
  • Activities:Gorges,Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails

Description

<div> Circular Pool is a delightful place to enjoy the forest. You can picnic, marron in season, canoe, take photos or simply breathe in the fresh air. Circular Pool is a popular picnic spot on the Frankland River with rapids in the winter and a large, tranquil pool in summer.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Universally accessible paths lead to two viewing platforms that allow you to look over the Frankland River and down to Circular Pool or into the forest. There is a boardwalk around the pool below and a table is provided so that you can enjoy a peaceful picnic or meditate by the waters edge.</div> <div>  </div> <div> <strong>Your safety</strong></div> <div> Slippery rocks</div> <div> Supervise children near water</div> <div> Hilltop Road is located approximately two kilometres east of Walpole on the north side of the South Coast Highway. Follow the signs for about 10 kilometres by gravel road to Circular Pool.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Please note, many of these roads are one way only and are not suitable for caravans.</div>

Fortescue Falls & Fern Pool

Fern pool and Fortescue Falls is one of the most accecible and picturesque swimming spots within Karijini National Park.

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  • Facilities:Walking Trails,Picnic Facilities,Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Points of Interest,Waterfalls
  • Activities:Walking

Description

Located within Dales Gorge, on the eastern side of Karijini National Park,  Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool are easily accessible via a handrail staircase and clear paths.

Walk down through the changing vegetation of the iron-rich gorge walls to the park’s only permanent waterfall. Just a short distance from Fortescue Falls, you can swim in the refreshing, spring fed Fern Pool.

From Fortescue Falls turn right to Fern Pool or left for the three hour return walk to Circular Pool. Fern Pool is about 10 minutes away and is one of the most picturesque settings in the park.

Hamersley Gorge

Hamersley Gorge resides in the North-west of Karijini away from the other gorges. Full of colour and texture it is a great spot for a bush walk and refreshing swim.

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  • Facilities:Toilets,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Gorges,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Gorges,Walking

Description

<p> Swirls of rock sweep down through the gorge and waterfalls rush into tranquil pools.</p> <p> There have been improvements to the site including sealed road access to the lower car park, a new constructed lookout, toilet and various infrastructure items.</p> <div> Time: 3 hours return</div> <div> Distance: 1km return </div> <div> Difficulty: High Level of fitness and experience required.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Grade 4 - Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.</div>

Hancock Gorge

Some have described this beautiful trek as the 'journey to the centre of the Earth'. Swim and take in the magnificent views of this incredible gorge.

Details

  • Activities:Gorges,Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Gorges,National Parks & Reserves

Description

From the car park, it's a straightforward stroll across to the top of the ladder into Hancock Gorge. If you don't want to descent the ladder, turn back now. 

If you do go down the ladder, proceed carefully past the smooth black rocks and you will be rewarded by arriving at the lovely Kermit's Pool.

Hancock Gorge walk trail:
135 metres, 10 minutes return
Walk to the top of ladder that descends into Hancock Gorge

Hancock Gorge - Kermit's Pool
200 metres, 45 minutes return
 

Harding Dam

Great picnic area and picturesque walking spot 27 kms south east of Roebourne.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

Roebourne is the oldest surviving town between Port Gregory (north of Geraldton) and Palmerston near Darwin. Roebourne was named after the first surveyor general in WA in the 1860s, Sir John Septimus Roe. John and Emma Withnall were the first European settlers in the area who went searching for water in the area and discovered many of the sites still around today including the town site of Roebourne.

Joffre Falls Lookout

Take in the beauty of the stunning Joffre Gorge with fantastic views of the falls and the surrounding landscape.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest,Waterfalls,Gorges,Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails

Description

<div> On the western side of the park is Joffre Gorge, a spectacular curved waterfall forming a natural amphitheatre. Especially impressive after rain, water cascades down the step-like cliff face to a dark pool and then, as the gorge narrows, the rushing, white waters tumble over smooth black rock. </div> <div>  </div> <div> <strong>Joffre Falls walk trail</strong></div> <div> Follow the marked route into the bottom of the gorge to the first pool downstream of the waterfall.</div> <div> Distance: 1.5 kilometres</div> <div> Time: 2 hours return</div> <div>  </div>

Karijini National Park

330kms from Port Hedland, situated in the Hammersley Ranges. Explore the awesome landscape and visit Junction Pool for possibly the most spectacular sights. Camping available within the park, fees apply.

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  • Activities:Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:Camping Ground
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Karijini National Park

The spectacular sights in Karijini National Park are all the more breathtaking while you’re dangling alongside a waterfall. The Journey to the Centre of the Earth tour is the cream of the crop: abseil down the 40m high Weano Falls, then take the plunge to Regan’s Pool and Hancock Gorge. You’ll be left marvelling at what was more enjoyable… the sights or the challenging abseil. West Oz Active runs the full-day tour during the dry season. Head to its website (www.westozactive.com.au) for times and dates.

Knox Gorge

One of the most amazing features of Karijini National Park's complex network of gorges is that they appear out of nowhere and make you gasp in awe. This lookout is no exception.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Gorges,Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Points of Interest

Description

<p> <div> Knox Gorge  is a deep chasm that intersects Wittenoom Gorge just along from the Knox Lookout. Make a point of visiting this lookout late in the afternoon or early in the morning, when the slanting sun rays enhance this spectular panorama.</div> <div>  </div> <div> <strong>Knox Gorge walk trail</strong></div> <div> This trail takes you down into the gorge past fig trees which cling to the rock walls. There are rocks to scramble over and pools to swim in.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Time: 3 hours return</div> <p> Distance: 2km return</p> <div> Easy - Suits majority of fitness and experience levels. </div> <div> Bush Walk: Grade 1 - No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.</div></p>

Millstream-Chichester National Park

Millstream is an oasis in the desert nestled within the chocolate brown rocks of the Chichester Range dotted with spinifex and snappy gums.

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  • Activities:Canoeing,Fishing
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Permanent pools are fed by springs that draw water from the underground aquifer within porous dolomite rock. The Millstream area has been a sacred land since well before the arrival of Europeans to the area, and the Yinjibarndi people still gather here as the traditional custodians of their country, which stretches from the Hamersley Range foothills and Fortescue Valley in the south to the Chichester Range escarpment in the north. The Jirndawurrunha Park Council – composed of twelve members from the Yindibarndi and Ngaluma – meet regularly with DPaW to discuss and set management objectives for the park. Deep Reach – a deep pool on the Fortescue River – is one of the most sacred places in Yindjibarndi country, and is home to the Warlu serpent, revered and respected by Yinjibarndi and neighbouring Aboriginal clans.

Mount Bruce

Mount Bruce is the second highest mountain in the state of Western Australia, lying 62 kilometres northwest of Mount Meharry, the highest peak in the state.

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  • Facilities:Walking Trails,Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Mountain Climbing

Description

<p> <span style="color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The Mt Bruce Summit is a challenging 10 kilometre return climb in Karijini National Park. With impressive views from the top of the mountain it is one of the most rewarding experiences of the region.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Difficulty: High Level of fitness and experience required</span></p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Time: Approx. 6 hours (dependant on fitness level)</span></p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family: Lato, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Cost: National Park entrance fees</span></p> <p> Bush Walk: Grade 5 - Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.</p> <p>  </p>

Mount Meharry

Mount MeHarry is the tallest mountain in WA rising to 1248 metres above sea level, situated in the southern region of the Karijini National Park it is the tallest peak in the Hamersley Ranges.

Details

  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Points of Interest
  • Activities:Mountain Climbing,Walking

Description

Point Samson

Small seaside village in the central Pilbara region. Great for fishing. A popular beach retreat for both locals and visitors. Renowned for the local seafood restaurants.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

Established when the nearby town of Cossack declined as a sea port and developed problems in the local harbour. Beautiful sandy beaches are fringed by coral reefs which are great for snorkelling and fishing. Also visit the secluded Bay of Honeymoon Cove - popular for its snorkelling, fishing and isolated sunbathing.

Pretty Pool

The tidal inlet is fabulous for fishing and crabbing. Only 8kms from the centre of town and accessed via Styles Rd and Matheson Drive.

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  • Activities:Fishing
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

Can also be accessed through the sandhills adjoining the Cooke Point Caravan Park. Fish vary, but catches include cod, bream and sharks and crabs can best found away from the mouth of the creek. Owing to the stonefish, it is wise to take a strong pair of shoes if you plan to be walking on rocky reef in the area.

Shay Gap Memorial Park

Large grassy park with lots of trees, gas BBQ's and a children's playground. Perfect for a picnic. Located at Traine Crescent.

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  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

Kick a footie around with the family or just have a rest under the shady trees.

Weano Gorge

Whether you want to walk, swim, enjoy breathtaking views or just soak up the outback ambience while you picnic among the spinifex and snappy gums, Weano is the place to be.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Gorges,Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Points of Interest
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Wheelchair Access

Description

<p> Weano day use area has an information shelter, disabled access and toilets. It’s a great base from which to explore the many gorges that converge into each other nearby - Weano, Hancock, Joffre, Red, Wittennom and Knox gorges are all in the vicinity.</p> <p> With good facilities, great lookouts and a wide selection of gorges all around, Weano offers spectacular scenery and a few small comforts.</p>

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