Top Trail: Gorge Rim Walk, Dales Gorge, Karijini NP
About the Trail
This walk offers spectacular views and is ideal for those who do not want to venture into the depths of Dales Gorge. For the more adventurous, the steep trail down to the gorge floor to the sublimely beautiful Circular Pool, with its fern lined crystal clear pool, trickling waterfall and sheer rock face backdrop, is well worth the effort.
Walk from here to Fortescue Falls for a swim, traversing flat pavement like rocks, through glades of reeds, paperbarks and across shallow streams and pools. Negotiate the rocks above the falls and follow a shady trail to Fern Pool, another tranquil swimming waterhole of spiritual significance to the local indigenous people. Back at Fortescue Falls climb the steps back up the gorge to the car park.
Other tail features include ochre grinding holes, the Pilbara savannah, the lush green riverside ecosystem and the stunning wildlife, including birds, fish, bats, kangaroos and dingoes.
The Gorge Rim walk is a two kilometre 1.5 hour return walk. The loop walk however contains three walks in one (follow the yellow, red and green markers) taking approximately four hours to walk the five kilometres.
Beware as parts of the trail are located near cliff risk areas so stand well back as cliffs are about 100 metres high, often with loose rocks near the edge. Take care in the gorges as rocks are smooth and slippery when wet. Do not enter the gorges if there is rain in the area as flash floods occur.
Camping is available at Dales Campground. Access is via a sealed road. Caravan, Tent, Bus and Generator sites available. All sites are unpowered and bookings are not available. In peak season, June to Aug, it is receommended you arrive early to avoid disappointment. Camp hosts are on site during peak season. Facilities include toilets and BBQs.
Washouts can occur during heavy rain, resulting in road closures. Check travel conditions with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (phone 08 9182 2000) or the Shire of Ashburton (phone 08 9189 1029)
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