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Hamersley Gorge Walk, Karijini NP Hamersley Gorge Walk, Karijini NP

  • 1-3 hours
  • 1 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

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

This is a dramatic gorge, full of colour texture and reflections and a great spot for a swim.

Hamersley Gorge is in the north-west of Karijini, further afield than the other gorges. Swirls of rock sweep down through the gorge and waterfalls rush into tranquil pools. There have been improvements to the site including sealed road access to the lower car park, a new constructed lookout, toilet and various infrastructure items.

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There are a couple of walks around Hamersley Gorge. 

Hamersley Gorge Walk (Class 4) is a 1 kilometre, 1 hour return walk. One of the more difficult walks in the Gorge. Swirls of rock sweep down through the gorge and waterfalls rush into tranquil pools. 

Hamersley Waterfall Walk (Class 4) is a 400 metre, 30 minute return trip. This walk boasts ever changing light and astonishing colours and reflections which highlight the complex geological forces in the landscape. This walk begins as steps, follow the steep decent down to the pool at the base of the waterfall. There are some obstacles, a good level of fitness is recommended. Do not attempt to access upper pools.

Karijini is a bushwalker's delight, so while in the area try the many other walks including Knox Gorge Lookout, Knox Gorge, Joffre Lookout, Joffre Falls and Handrail Pool.

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Time / Duration

1hr return


1km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Just off Nanutarra Wittenoom Rd, Karijini National Park. 130km from Tom Price, which is 1500km (16 hours) 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.

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Hazards & Warnings

During summer, temperatures frequently top 50 degrees Celcius. Carry plenty of water at all times. Flash floods can occur – do not enter gorges if there is rain in the area. If it starts raining when you are in a gorge, leave immediately.


Leave gorge promptly if it begins to rain.

Do not dive or jump into water.

Avoid walking on wet rock.


  • Car Park
  • Public Toilet
  • Lookouts

Best time of year

May to October


Entry fees apply to Karijini National Park

Trail Access

Air and road to Tom Price. Road to trail - 4WD recommended.

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1 trail goers have rated Hamersley Gorge Walk, Karijini NP as 5 out of 5!

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Martin Hadley

Reviewed 10 Sep 2023, 10:23am

The Karinjini Gorges are a must see for anyone who enjoys the ruggedness of Australia Outback. This walk is truly worth the effort and I have done it several times since the early 80's and the most recent in August 2022. I'm definitely not as agile and energetic as I was in the 80's so I am glad it is much easier to do these days as way back you had to work out how to get in and out on your own, now there are marked trails and steps. This does mean there are more people but the beauty of the place is unchanged, just do it.

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