Safety

Safety

  • <p>Circular Pool in Karijini National Park. </p> <p>This photo was taken at Circular Pool. The image shows a dark red rock surface on the left and a pool of water on the right. The rock wall is rough, and is red in colour with strips and patches of black rock. </p><p>There is a small circle icon sign attached to the rock. The sign is a trail symbol and is yellow in colour with a white stripe border. On the white border there is writing that reads “Circular Pool” on the top, and “CLASS 4” at the bottom. The rock formation creates natural steps into the bottom of the pool. These rocks are red in colour and are a rough surface. The water of the pool is light and extends to dark brown in the distance. There are trees growing on the bed of the water on the left and right sides. These trees have thin, tall, white stumps and plenty of green leaves. A rocky gorge wall is behind the trees on the right, which extends up into the sky. The gorge wall is red in colour. A patch of sky can be seen above the rock formation, at the top left of the image. The sun is shining brightly so the sky looks white. </p>

1. Hiking trails are classified according to Australian Standards.

Make sure to select those that suit your level of ability. Remember that drinking water is very limited in Karijini, so bring plenty along with you.

2. Limited drinking water is available.

There are two water access points, one from the Visitor Centre and the other from a tank on Banjima Drive East near the Dales turn-off. Tank water is not treated and boiling or chemical treatment is recommended.

3. Be prepared for the weather.

Days can be warm to very hot and nights can be cold and frosty. Dress appropriately, always use sunscreen and pack plenty of water.

4. Rain can cause flash flooding in the gorges.

If it starts to rain, please leave the gorge immediately. Do not enter any gorges if it is raining or rain is forecasted. Park staff will close the gorges when it is raining, or even if it is a clear day but rain is forecasted, for your safety.

5. Water in the gorges can be extremely cold when swimming.

A wetsuit is recommended if prolonged swimming and exploration of the gorges is intended. Water depths vary. Do not jump or dive into water.

6. Phone reception is limited.

Telstra is available at Mt Bruce and Hamersley Gorge, and Optus is available at the Visitor Centre, Dales Campground and Karijini Eco Retreat. Satellite phones may be more reliable than mobile phones but may not work in the gorges. A public telephone is located at the Visitor Centre and Karijini Eco Retreat (phone cards only).

7. Emergency radios are located at the Weano Recreation Area and the Fortescue Falls carpark.

8. Karijini National Park contains several unsealed roads.

Take care when driving, especially after rainfall when roads may become slippery or flooded. We recommend travelling in a four-wheel drive vehicle with a radio device for your safety and comfort.


These points are not exhaustive. Please take the time to read the signage and information provided at Karijini National Park, and respect the rules put in place by park staff and the traditional owners of Karijini.


Emergency Contacts

For all emergencies 000

Royal Flying Doctor Service 1800 625 800

Satellite phone calls (08) 9417 6389

Tom Price Police (08) 9189 0222

Karijini Visitor Centre (08) 9189 8121

Karijini National Park Ranger’s office (08) 9189 8147

Department of Parks and Wildlife after hours contact (08) 9182 2088

Your safety is of the park staff’s concern, but is your responsibility.

While Karijini is a spectacular location, somewhere less remote and hazardous is recommended for first-time and beginner campers.

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