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Escarpment Trail, Kennedy Range NP

  • Half day
  • 3.4 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

You can start this 3.4 kilometre trail either from the Draper Gorge car park or Temple Gorge campground. If you are capable of going up and down steep sections, getting to the top of the escarpment is well worth the considerable effort as you will be rewarded with panoramic views.

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Trail Start

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Either Drapers or Temple Gorge carpark, Kennedy Range NP, 150km from Carnarvon which is 900km (9.5hours) north of Perth

Trail End

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End at either Drapers or Temple Gorge Carparks

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The key tip for doing this trail to avoid considerable drama is not to undertake it too late in the day. You are looking at a good 2 to 3 hours to do this 3.4km trail and you dont want to be caught out in the dark on this one.

The marked trail follows a rocky creek bed into a narrow gorge. It soon starts climbing steeply and there are loose rocks and cliff edges to negotiate. For the easiest route always look out for the next trail marker. After some effort, you reach the top and veer left following a distinct trail across flat terrain to a lookout for stunning panoramic views.

Looking down on Temple Gorge campground, caravans and camper trailers look so minute and insignificant in this vast landscape. You also get a great perspective of cliff faces and promotories that make up the escarpment jutting out onto the barren plains. Unfortunately, what goes up must come down, which is where walking poles come in very handy.     

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Time / Duration

3 hours return

Length

3.4km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Either Drapers or Temple Gorge carpark, Kennedy Range NP, 150km from Carnarvon which is 900km (9.5hours) north of Perth

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Trail End

End at either Drapers or Temple Gorge Carparks

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

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

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
  • Parking for Disabled
  • 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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1 trail goers have rated Escarpment Trail, Kennedy Range NP as 5 out of 5!

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Peter Harrison

Reviewed 1 May 2018, 2:24pm

This place is a real surprise, amazing to say the least, The escarpment trail early morning gives some breathtaking views with the sun shining through the trail up to the escarpment. Was there mid April 2018, only downside are the number of flies, mixed in with the heat and dust!

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