Karijini National Park was a natural wonderland. We absolutely loved hiking down into the high cliff gorges, clamouring over waterfalls and swimming in the deep freshwater pools. The flies however were another story! My oh-so-fashionable mosquito net face covering was the best $2 that I have spent in my life – it’s amazing how much more tolerable the pesky things are if they are not constantly tickling your face between sunrise and sunset. Makes eating a bit hard though, especially if you forget that it is covering your mouth – tuna and mozzie net sandwich is my new favourite lunch!
To reach the various gorges we followed tracks across flat plains and then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, we were almost teetering over sheer cliffs. Apart from the natural beauty and being down deep in the gorges shaded by trees, swimming was the best way to stay cool and escape the 40 degree heat (and most of the flies!). Clambering down into them was somewhat challenging as the paths were very narrow and the descent steep and rocky. The reward each time was a refreshing swim in some of the most beautiful places we have visited.
On our last day we decided to brave the heat and climbed about halfway up Mt Bruce, WA’s second highest peak. Halfway because we started at about 7am rather than pre-dawn and the sun rays beating down the entirely unshaded track were just a bit overbearing! The views were spectacular apart from those overlooking a nearby open cut mine, which was established after the iron ore rich land was excised from the national park boundaries in 1992. I know life is not black and white, and that I use products that have been extracted from the ground everyday, but to see such a beautiful place being cut up is hard.
Not much more to say except this place is a MUST visit!