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as long as you can exploring the
stunning landscapes. Take one of
the two trails to the top of Mount
Nameless and enjoy the view from
the summit, 1128m above sea
level. The 1,283,706ha Karlamilyi
National Park (formerly Rudall
River National Park) has a series of
fascinating walking trails. Sitting
between the Great Sandy and
Little Sandy deserts, it is extremely
remote and the conditions are
challenging. A visit here should
only be attempted by those who
are well prepared and have a good
knowledge of bushcraft.
Diving and snorkelling
There are numerous world-class
dive sites amongst the 42 islands
of the Dampier Archipelago. Take
a tour or launch a trailer boat and
find your own site. Malus Island
is a popular sheltered bay where
it’s safe for kids to snorkel
straight off the beach. Explore
what’s believed to be WA’s first
shipwreck, the Tryall, which sank
in 1622 in the Montebello Islands.
Off the Mackerel Islands see
pelagics, reef fish, grey nurse
sharks and – if you’re lucky
enough – whale sharks. On the
mainland, try Honeymoon Cove
or Back Beach at Point Samson
to see the remains of the Solveig,
a 100-year-old shipwreck.
Cleaverville Beach is also a very
popular spot to walk from the
beach to the reef.
The Dampier Archipelago,
Montebello Islands and Mackerel
Islands are world-class fishing
destinations. You can target the
deep-water and reef species, or
fish the sheltered inlets. Launch
a boat from Dampier or take a
charter. On an incoming tide, the
creek edges around Point Samson
make excellent places to try for
barramundi, and there are also
good catches of school prawns in
summer. From November to April
Spanish mackerel, queen fish and
trevally run thick between Point
Samson and Jarman Island. Try the
rocks around Honeymoon Cove.
The Causeway Bridge on Johns
Creek is a good spot for mangrove
jack, barramundi and flathead. The
rocks in front of the Yacht Club
are good for chasing blue bone.
Threadfin salmon come close to
the shores at the old stone wharf
at Cossack, and the mouth of Sams
Creek is great for whiting. Try
for mud crabs on the Ashburton
River near Onslow and blue
swimmers near the creek mouth
at Cleaverville Beach. Around Port
Hedland, try Spoil Bank, 6 Mile
Creek and the walls of the Harbour
Channel for barramundi, giant
trevally, mangrove jack and cod.
See how WA’s riches are generated.
Watch huge iron-ore trains at Port
Hedland and Dampier or take a
tour of an open-pit iron-ore mine
at Tom Price or Newman. See the
salt mountains by the road at Port
Hedland or take a tour of the port
and the iron-ore site at Nelson
Point. Drive past the North West
Shelf Gas project. Take in the scale
from the Burrup Lookout or go to
the onsite information centre to
learn more about it.
KARIJINI – THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S NAME FOR THE HAMERSLEY RANGE
Getting there | Karijini National
Park is 1400km north of Perth or
80km north-east of Tom Price.
Self-drive is best (it’s suitable
for 2WD and caravans). Tours are
available from as far as Perth.
Stay | Of the two campgrounds,
Dales has drop toilets and
Savannah has showers and
toilets. The Visitor Centre also
has showers. There’s an eco
retreat in the park, if preferred.
Must do | Hike to Dales Gorge
and take a dip in Fortescue
Falls and Fern Pool. Weano and
Hancock gorges are like an
obstacle course and challenge
Local Tip | If it starts to rain, leave
the gorges immediately because
flash-flooding may occur.
The Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga people occupied this land for more
than 20,000 years. The landscape was formed over 2500 million years; the
banded rock formations and deep vertical cracks are a geological marvel.
Breathtaking gorges, brilliant colours and deep waterholes are a haven
for hikers. There are many gorges and each is unique. The walking
tracks are far more interesting than your average bushwalk: wade,
swim or climb around the cliffs, clamber inside deep chasms and swim
in the waterholes. Experienced climbers with abseiling equipment can
go further than others. Pick up a permit at the ranger’s office, or take
an adventure tour with an experienced guide.
In summer, the weather is extremely hot, and monsoonal (sometimes
torrential) rains and storms roll in from the north and west. It’s not a
good time to visit the park, but the rain revitalises the plants and tops
up the underground aquifers. The hottest time – from December to
February – is when reptiles are most active. See dragons and skinks but
beware of snakes. Six species of python and four species of venomous
snakes can be seen. In autumn the rainfall reduces markedly, and the
landscape comes to life. April to October is the best time to come. See
rock-wallabies in the gorges. More than 120 bird species are found in the
park, many arriving following blossoms produced after the rains.
Pilbara landscape (Photography Dan Paris).
Red Dog statue, Dampier
(Photography Simon McBeth).
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