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Chichester Range Camel Trail Chichester Range Camel Trail

Bush Walk  in North West

The Kimberley, The Pilbara & Karijini, Broome & Dampier Peninsula

  • Full day
  • 8 km
    • Bush Walk Class 4

      Difficult trail with rough surface that may have very steep hills or extensive rock hopping. Directional signage may be limited. Bushwalking experience, navigation and emergency first aid skills, and good fitness required.

The moderately difficult Chichester Range Camel Trail is located in the Millstream-Chichester NP and follows part of the old camel trail. The trail is 8 km long and can be accessed from both ends or 16km return. Expect some steep slopes, natural obstacles and loose rocks.

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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.

Karratha Visitor Centre

(08) 9186 8055

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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.

Trail Start

Python Pool Carpark, Millstream-Chichester National Park, 2 hours from Karratha which is 1500km (19 hours) north of Perth

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Trail End

Base of Mt Herbert

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Bush Walk

Class 4

Difficult trail with rough surface that may have very steep hills or extensive rock hopping. Directional signage may be limited. Bushwalking experience, navigation and emergency first aid skills, and good fitness required.

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Hazards & Warnings

Roads may be closed after heavy rain. Check with Parks and Wildlife Service before travelling


  • Car Park
  • Lookouts
  • 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

Trail Access

Air, road or bus to Karratha. Road to Millstream Chichester National Park

Prohibited Items

No pets permitted
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2 trail goers have rated Chichester Range Camel Trail as 5 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Leanne Dockery

Reviewed 21 May 2023, 3:20pm

Completed this trail in two parts, started either end and walked halfway in/out. Challenging in places but great scenery. Beware of the heat and travel in the cooler months.
Simon Mendelawitz

Reviewed 10 Nov 2016, 4:32pm

One of the best walks in Pilbara. You will love it.

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