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About Gorge Rim Walk and Dales Gorge Trail, Karijini NP
Follow the rim of Dales Gorge from the Fortescue Falls car park all the way to the Circular Pool Lookout. White-barked snappy gums grow along the edge of the gorge and shady groves of native cypress shelter on the cliff face beneath the track. Enjoy the wonderful views deep into Dales Gorge.
Descend into the gorge near the Three Ways Lookout, turn left and follow the trail markers to Circular Pool where the water is icy cold all year round.
Retrace your steps and follow the creek-side trail, between towering, 100m high red rock cliffs and past shallow reedy pools, all the way to Fortescue Falls.
Allow time to swim in the pool and sit on the ampitheatre style, rock ledges where Fortescue Falls tumble into the pool below.
Continue along the trail to the tranquility of Fern Pool and sit in the small cave behind the falls with the water cascading in front of you.
After another refreshing swim, follow the trail back to Fortescue Falls and up to the car park.
Be trail ready for Gorge Rim Walk and Dales Gorge Trail, Karijini NP
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Time varies depending on how many places you stop to swim
5.1 km loop
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 ItemsTake at least 3 litres of water per person
Fortescue Falls car park, Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park. 105km from Tom Price, which is 1500km (16 hours) north of Perth
Difficult trail with rough surface that may have very steep hills or extensive rock hopping. Directional signage may be limited. Bushwalking experience, navigation and emergency first aid skills, and good fitness required.
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Hazards & WarningsStand back from edge of cliffs - Roads to Gorge may be closed after heavy rain. - Check conditions before travelling.
FacilitiesAssisted wheelchair access to Circular Pool lookout.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Visitor Information Centre
Best time of year
May to September
National Park entrance fees apply
Self drive or local tour operator from Tom Price
Prohibited ItemsNo pets; No fires in National Parks
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Fern Pool, Karijini NP
Circular Pool, Karijini NP
Dales Gorge TrailThe Dales Gorge Trail follows the creek along the bottom of the gorge
The pool below Fortescue Falls
The views from the Gorge Rim WalkSee deep down into the 100 metre deep Dales Gorge along the Gorge Rim Walk Trail
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