CARE FOR COUNTRY AND IT WILL CARE FOR YOU
Karijini National Park is a remote national park with limited services. Please be sure to read this entire guide before attending the Karijini Experience.
The 2019 Karijini Experience will be held on the traditional lands of the Banjima people in Karijini National Park. Banjima people also have close associations with Eastern Guruma, Yinhawangka and Nyiyaparli Pilbara language groups.
The Karijini Experience acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Australians. We are committed to reconciliation and believe the Karijini Experience is an example of how we can all respectfully celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal culture, its people and the Traditional Owners of the land on which the event is taking place. For cultural safety purposes, the Banjima people or their appointed representatives may provide you with a welcome to, or an acknowledgement of, Country. Sites may be pointed out that are areas of significance, which may be deemed as a no go zone. There are important reasons for this advice and we encourage you to respect these requests, for your safety, while on Country. Feel free to ask questions to the appropriate Elders if you feel as though you need to be more informed of other significant places nearby.
We are honoured to deliver this Experience within the stunning Karijini National Park and we ask that you respect all Department of Parks and Wildlife regulations including:
You must have a current park pass to be able to enter Karijini National Park. These can be purchased at the self-registration stations, at the Visitors Centre or at the Eco-Retreat. Alternatively, purchase passes on the Department of Parks and Wildlife WA website, with the opportunity to receive 50% off if you are an RAC member. Your park entry fees are not included in your ticket price.
Please take your rubbish with you out of the park, as bins are not provided (except the bin that is located adjacent to the water tank near the Visitors Centre).
Glass and alcohol are not permitted within the gorges.
Please visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife website for more information: www.parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au
Temperatures will drop considerably at night-time, so please bring warm clothes.
Hot temperatures are common in the Pilbara; please ensure that you have adequate water, sun protection and insect repellent when travelling to the event and during your time here.
April marks the end of the cyclone season, so please pack for the possibility of wet weather.
ROADS AND TRAVEL
Nearest fuel is in Tom Price which is 80km from the Karijini Eco Retreat and 101km from the Visitors Centre OR there is fuel north of the National Park at Munjina (Auski) Road House 75km from the Visitors Centre.
The road to the Karijini Visitors Centre and Dales gorge are sealed; the road to the Karijini Eco retreat is sealed except for the last 3kms. All other roads are unsealed and while these roads are graded regularly, it is still recommended that you drive at a slow, safe speed.
In wet weather be aware of possible flash flooding. Visit the Main Roads WA website Alerts page to check road conditions (www.mainroads.wa.gov.au).
The Paraburdoo Airport is approximately 140km from Karijini National Park, and the Newman Airport is approximately 263km. Qantas operate from these airports.
There are two free Wi-Fi hots spot in the vicinity: Welcome shelter on the way to Hammersley Gorge (-22.255797, 117.980331) and the rest stop on the corner of Karijini Drive and Great Northern Highway (-22.667711, 118.699239).
OPTUS reception is now available in the National Park.
The Mt Bruce carpark also has good Telstra reception.
There is no ATM in Karijini National Park and we strongly suggest bringing cash to this event.
The Karijini Visitors Centre and the Eco Retreat have EFTPOS facilities for their products and services.
Karijini Experience staff will be in the Park from 14 – 22 April, with limited access to the internet. We will be checking emails and phone messages once a day, so please be patient when waiting for a response. If your issue is urgent, please phone Nintirri Centre on 9188 0500.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Campsites are located at Dales Camp Ground which is within easy reach of The Airstrip and Dales Gorge, making it a great place from which to explore the eastern end of the park. This camping area has bush toilets, picnic tables and gas barbecues. Camping fees apply.
While the camp ground booking service is not yet available, the Department of Parks and Wildlife Rangers have overflow camping spaces and have assured us that they never turn anyone away. Please visit parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au for more information.
The Eco Retreat is located at the west end of the park. They have a range of accommodation and camping options available, for reservations please contact them directly on (08) 9425 5591 or visit www.karijiniecoretreat.com.au.