Our last couple of days at Karijini were spent at the Karijini Eco Retreat campground on the western part of the Park. This is the same area where I did the canyoning trip, but we decided to spend a bit more time here to see some of the other gorges in our own time. First up was Kalamina Gorge. Not as deep as the other gorges and a rather corrugated 25km drive from the camp, but this had the advantage of making it less popular.
Various textures on the gorge rock floor
The following day we descended Weano Gorge, most of which is an easy walk except the last bit where a handrail and some steps have been installed to give access to the aptly named “handrail pool”. From there one could wade another 100m down the gorge before the way is blocked by warning signs (in the good old days one could continue down into Red Gorge then back up Hancock Gorge – a rather hair-raising adventure where there was allegedly 1 rescue needed for every 300 visitors).
After over a week in the Karijini area, we started back towards the coast stopping at Hamersley Gorge for the morning before heading on to Millstream-Chichester National Park for the night.