Karijini National Park covers parts of the Hammersley Ranges in the Pilbara region in NW Australia. The rocks in this area are understood to have been formed about 2500 million years ago on submerged continental shelves in the form of layers of iron rich hematite and quartz which have far more recently been raised above sea level. Even more recently, gorges have been carved through these layers to produce dramatic ravines with banded red and black rock walls.
Banded Iron formations in Dales Gorge
We spent 3 nights at Dales Gorge in the eastern part of Karijini National Park during which time I also climbed Mt Meharry – the highest peak in the state of Western Australia. Sadly Maddy had succumbed to the lurgy so she did not feel up to joining me neither on Mount Meharry, nor on the gorge adventure tour which I will cover in the next post. After Dales Gorge we spent a couple of nights in Tom Price then returned to the national park staying at the Karijini Eco Retreat camping area – which will also be covered in another post.
The authorities in Western Australia are astoudingly productive in the number and diversity of their risk signs. The summit track pretty much follows the skyline from the right and the summit itself is roughly behind the bush