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About Hancock Gorge (with Kermits Pool), Karijini NP
From the trailhead, this challenging hike starts easily enough to the edge of the gorge. You then decend a series of solid metal ladders to the gorge floor.
From there you wade through cold pools, negotiate rock ledges on the gorge walls and clamber through stony creek beds. Along the way, the steep gorge walls are imposing and there are amazing colours and textures in the finer detail.
The gorge soon dramatically narrows and that is where the really tricky part of the Class 5 section comes into play. To continue you need a degree of flexibility and nerve by doing what is called the "spider walk" (where you stretch your arms and legs out to straddle the gap and move along the walls) . After getting through that, it's only a matter of metres before coming to a roped off section, the end of the trail. The gorge continues on, but it is simply too dangerous.
The view of Kermits Pool from here is wonderful. A good idea for your feet are reef shoes. They have a better grip than hiking boots and make wading through water better than bare feet.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Up to 3 hours
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 ItemsA good idea for your feet are reef shoes. They have a better grip than hiking boots and make wading through water better than bare feet.
The steepness of the gorge walls affects the ability to register the GPS points - resulting in a messy trail map.
Weano Gorge carpark, Karijini Visitor Centre is 105km from Tom Price, which is 1500km (16 hours) north of Perth
Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
Hazards & WarningsThis is a slippery, fall risk area. Be very careful
FacilitiesNearest accommodation is Karijini Eco Retreat and Savannah Camp. Camping to luxury eco tents.
- Car Park
- First Aid Equipment
- Interpretive Centre
Best time of year
June to August
National Park Fees
Drive or bus to Tom Price (100km to Karijini Visitor Centre) or Fly to Parabadoo, Roads to Park may be closed after heavy rain. Check conditions before travelling.
Prohibited ItemsNo pets; No fires in National Parks
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Hancock Gorge wallClimbing along the gorge wall
Gorge Risk AreaGorge risk area
Kermits PoolKermits Pool
WaterfallWaterfall in Hancock Gorge
Spider walk to Kermits PoolSpider walk can be challenging!
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