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About Donkey Pools, Charnley Station, Kimberley
The Donkey Pool trailhead is a 9km 4WD drive from the Charnley River Wilderness Camp. There are actually three separate but very pretty pools in a watercourse that is a rushing torrent in the wet season. The first couple of pools are small, but come with beautiful water lily’s. There is a lot of birdlife to observe if you stay still enough. Reptiles are also prevalent including water goannas and the occasional snake.
The furthest pool is a 630metre one-way hike. To get to all three pools requires quite a bit of rock scrambling. The last pool is considered the best, as it is big enough for a cooling swim. Like a lizard, you can lay in the early morning sun on the water-smoothed rocky banks. It is a stunningly beautiful spot and worth lingering for a couple hours and enjoy lunch. The trail is very clearly marked.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Under 10 minutes walk each way
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 ItemsSwimming gear
9km from the camp at Charnley station, 300km east of Derby, Derby is 2400km north of Perth
Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
FacilitiesA mud map is available from the Station
- Car Park
Best time of year
May to October. The dry season in the Kimberley
Entry and camping fees apply
Air, Drive or Bus to Broome 2200km north of Perth, 4WD to Station
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First of 3 poolsThere are 3 pools to explore
Trailhead and markersEasy to follow markers
Winter flowersSplash of colour
The second pool and direction signsThe second pool and direction signs
The final pool is the one to swim inOur own private waterhole
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