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Python Pool Carpark, Millstream-Chichester National Park, 2 hours from Karratha which is 1500km (19 hours) north of Perth
Trail EndGet directions
Base of Mt Herbert
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About Chichester Range Camel Trail
The Camel Trail starts at Python Pool, an attractive permanent water hole (perfect for swimming) surrounded by sheer red rock walls and follows part of the old camel road, winding up the rugged sandstone escarpment of the Chichester Ranges, through rolling spinifex covered hills, past large termite mounds and McKenzie Spring before heading to the base of Mount Herbert.
A walk along this trail in the early morning showcases a beautiful landscape of colour changes and is an opportunity to discover some iconic Pilbara wildflowers, such as Sturt's desert pea, mulla mulla's and the holly leafed grevillea.. Enjoy the stunning vista of the Chichester Ranges from the lookout at the top of Mount Herbert.
With fewer visitors and less facilities than near by Karijini National Park, the Chichester Ranges are remote and spectacular. There are many special features of this trail including the historical aspect. It was used to deliver stores to isolated stations and return wool clip to ports like Cossack. McKenzie Spring was a watering hole along the route. Located in spinifex country, with plenty of snappy gums, reptiles and birdlife to view, it has a spectacular panoramic landscape, and beautiful swimming opportunities in Python Pool.
If you decide to complete the one way walk, start at Mount Herbert and have a vehicle meet you at Python Pool. If completing the return walk, begin at Python Pool.
Be trail ready for Chichester Range Camel Trail
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
3 hours one way or 6 hours return
8km (one way) or 16km (return)
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Additional Useful ItemsTake 4 litres of water per person. Avoid dehydration by drinking small amounts regularly.
Maps available from visitor centre.
Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Hazards & WarningsRoads may be closed after heavy rain. Check with Parks and Wildlife Service before travelling
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- View Platform
Best time of year
This trail is best walked early in the cooler months of May to August and in morning before the heat of the day.
National Park entrance fees apply
Air, road or bus to Karratha. Road to Millstream Chichester National Park
Prohibited ItemsNo pets permitted
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