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Drapers Gorge Trail, Kennedy Range NP

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

The challenging Class 4 Drapers Gorge trail is located in the Kennedy Range NP.

This 2km return trail follows a stony watercourse. You can expect lots of scrambling up and down steep loose stony slopes and narrow rock ledges to negotiate.

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Trail Start

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Draper Gorge carpark, south of the Kennedy Range campsite, 150km from Carnarvon which is 900km (9.5hours) north of Perth

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The Drapers Gorge walk is deceptively easy enough for the first section. So you would think for fast walkers, it would be a mere stroll in the park. The reality is however, very much the opposite. As you progress up the stony watercourse, the harder it gets.

If your aim is to get to the trail's end, obstacles will have to be overcome. There is a lot of scrambling up and down steep loose stony slopes. There are some narrow rock ledges and overhangs to negotiate. Great care should be taken, especially on the upper parts of this trail.

Along the well-marked path, you will come across a series of pools that, after rain maybe full, complete with seasonal waterfalls. You can only imagine the roaring rush of water plummeting down this narrow creek after really heavy rain.       

This is one of six walk trials in the park – Temple Gorge, Honeycomb Gorge, Drapers Gorge, the Escarpment Trail (leading to the top of the range), the Escarpment Base Trail, and Sunrise View.

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Time / Duration

Up to 1 hour

Length

2km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Draper Gorge carpark, south of the Kennedy Range campsite, 150km from Carnarvon which is 900km (9.5hours) north of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Difficulty Notes

rock hopping

Hazards & Warnings

The risks from exposure and dehydration are significant in this area. Carry 3 to 4 litres of drinking water per person

Facilities

Temple Gorge campground is a bush campsite. Camping fees apply. Toilets are provided but there is no water available. To assist visitors, Parks and Wildlife Campground Hosts are usually based at the campground from May to September.
There is a ‘communal’ fireplace at the Temple Gorge campground. To protect wildlife habitat and the ecology of the national park, please collect wood before getting to the park. Collecting wood in the park is not permitted and personal campfires are strongly discouraged.
Accommodation is available at Gascoyne Junction (Junction Pub and Tourist Park) and at the Mount Augustus Tourist Park
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

May to November. Walking is not recommended from December to March when temperatures can exceed 40 degrees Celsius

Fees

No entry fee at this National Park

Trail Access

Road, 2WD gravel road, check road conditions with the Carnarvon Shire

Prohibited Items

No pets permitted
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