Karijini Canyoning

While many of Karijini’s gorges are openly accessible to visitors, increasing numbers of rescues and a particularly unpleasant accident in 2004 lead to the more tricky parts being closed off and only accessible on a guided tour.   So on one of our days in Karijini I joined a tour which involved descending the narrow chasm of Knox Gorge with an abseil and rock slide over a 3m drop; then a sedate paddle up the wide Red Gorge before climbing back out of Hancock Gorge, which had an easy rock climb thrown in for excitement.   The tour company provides all equipment like wetsuits, harnesses, drybags and warm clothing and also takes photos, so all you need to do is turn up with budgie smugglers and a credit card and they provide the rest.

However I was told that they might take a week or so to send me the photos, so instead of waiting I have decided to write up this post and include a few of my own photos taken with my cheap and nasty Go-Pro rip-off and update it at a later date with additional photos (hopefully of better quality) when they arrive.

Maddy’s cold was particularly awful at this time and with this trip requiring one to spend 5 or 6 hours cold and wet, it would not have been wise to join me so sadly she had to stay behind in Tom Price.  S

setting forth down knox gorge
Setting forth all decked up with the colours of the aboriginal flag

L-R: Water slide then abseil down Knox Gorge; view of the exit of Knox Gorge into Red Gorge

paddling down red gorge
A nice sedate paddle down Red Gorge
lower Hancock
Heading up Hancock Gorge
rock climb out hancock gorge
Rock climb followed by a traverse in Hancock Gorge.   It was here that Jim Regan, an SES volunteer, was swept to his death in 2004 by a flash flood while rescuing a tourist that had fallen and injured herself.   Before then people used to scramble up and down this rock climb section without ropes so it is little wonder that the park authorities had to close it off to visitors.
memorial to a
Memorial to Jim Regan above Hancock Gorge

2 thoughts on “Karijini Canyoning

  1. Steve this is right up your alley, I am sure you enjoyed every minute of it. Sorry Maddy was not well.

    Love Glenda

    On Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 2:37 PM Maddy and Steve Norman’s gap year wrote:

    > nomadicnormans posted: “While many of Karijini’s gorges are openly > accessible to visitors, increasing numbers of rescues and a particularly > unpleasant accident in 2004 lead to the more tricky parts being closed off > and only accessible on a guided tour. So on one of our days in” >

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    1. Yes Glenda, I had heard of this canyon trip before we left Sydney and was keen to do it as you could not do anything like this when we were last here. I was so jealous of Steve but very glad one of us could do this amazing day. M

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