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Donkey Pools, Charnley Station, Kimberley

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 0.6 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

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 furthest pool is a 630metre one-way hike. To get to all three pools requires quite a bit of rock scrambling.

There are 3 pools to explore
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9km from the camp at Charnley station, 300km east of Derby, Derby is 2400km north of Perth

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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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Time / Duration

Under 10 minutes walk each way

Length

1.2km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

9km from the camp at Charnley station, 300km east of Derby, Derby is 2400km north of Perth

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Bush Walk

Grade 3

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.

Difficulty Notes

Rock hopping

Facilities

A mud map is available from the Station
  • Camping
  • Car Park

Best time of year

May to October. The dry season in the Kimberley

Fees

Entry and camping fees apply

Trail Access

Air, Drive or Bus to Broome 2200km north of Perth, 4WD to Station

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