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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 EndGet directions
End at either Drapers or Temple Gorge Carparks
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About Escarpment Trail, Kennedy Range NP
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.
Be trail ready for Escarpment Trail, Kennedy Range NP
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
3 hours return
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 ItemsEach person needs to carry and drink 3 to 4 litres of water per day of walking;
There is no drinking water in the park.
Walk in groups of at least 3 people in case of emergency; one to stay with the injured person and one to seek help
Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Hazards & WarningsThe risks from exposure and dehydration are significant in this area. Carry 3 to 4 litres of drinking water per person
FacilitiesTemple 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
- 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
No entry fee at this National Park
Road, 2WD gravel road, check road conditions with the Carnarvon Shire
Prohibited ItemsNo pets permitted
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The summit of Kennedy RangeThe summit
Escarpment Trail signageTrail signage
The view from the EscarpmentThe view from the top
Climbing the escarpmentClimbing the escarpment
Kennedy Ranges at sunriseSunrise
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