Paraburdoo Airport is approximately 140kms from Karijini National Park, this is a Qantas airport and Thrifty, Avis, Budget and Hertz hire cars are available.
Newman Airport is approximately 263kms. Qantas and Virgin airlines operate from here and Thrifty, Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar hire cars are available.
Karratha is the regional centre of the Pilbara and well worth a visit, home to Murujuga National Park, an outdoor gallery featuring the largest collection of Indigenous rock art in the world and Millstream-Chichester National Park. In addition, just off the coast lay more than 40 archipelagic islands featuring crystal waters and golden beaches. With a fantastic range of food and accommodation, why not enjoy a night or two before heading to Karijini, just a further 370kms for 4WD or 484kms for 2WD via Port Hedland. Karratha is also well serviced by Qantas and Virgin with multiple flights a day from Perth. Hire a car or camper in Karratha and continue the journey to Karijini from there, Avis, Hertz and Thrifty operate in Karratha, you can also hire a camper with COK Campers to make the journey even more comfortable.
Exmouth airport is 640kms from Karijini National Park which is serviced by Qantas. Hire car company, Avis, are offering a discount on one-way rentals between Perth and Exmouth for a trial period between 1 April and 31 October 2019 and 2020. During the trial period, customers will only pay a $250 relocation fee if hiring a car to drive from Perth to Exmouth, and $150 if going the other way, which is a great option if you would like to incorporate a drive/fly option into your travel itinerary. You can also hire a camper at Exmouth Camper Hire, spend some time camping at the stunning Cape Range National Park on the Ningaloo coast and continue the journey to Karijini via Karratha or Nanutarra.
Aviair offers regular passenger services through their Inter-Regional Flight Network, connecting Karratha with Broome, Newman and Port Hedland multiple times a week. Full flight schedules and booking details can be found on the Aviair website.
Perth to Karijini – coastal
Getting from Perth to Karijini via Exmouth on the Ningaloo coast is a 1250km drive with plenty of stunning places to stop at on the way such as Dongara, Kalbarri, Shark Bay, Monkey Mia and Coral Bay. From Exmouth to Karijini you can take two possible journeys:
Exmouth straight to Karijini is 658kms via Nanutarra Roadhouse, stop in at the beautiful Cheela Plains Station and stay the night, or just stop in for coffee and cake at their cafe.
Exmouth to Karratha is 550km, on the way you can see the town of Onslow where you can depart for the Mackerel Islands for fishing and diving with accommodation available on the island or you can Camp with Custodians at Peedamulla Station Stay. From here, Karijini is only another further 370kms for 4WD or 484kms for 2WD via Port Hedland.
Perth to Karijini – inland
1400kms of driving through the Miners Pathway up the Great Northern Highway, from Perth to Meekatharra, through the historic towns of New Norcia, Paynes Find, Mt Magnet and Cue, and stop into Newman, 420kms North of Meekatharra, just before you hit Karijini Drive. Newman has a great range of food and accommodation options and is a 278km drive out of Karijini and a great spot to rest and refuel. Newman also has the beautiful Martumilli Arts Centre and a great Visitors Centre who will give you some local tips on the secret swimming spots to visit.
Other important info
Nearest fuel is in Tom Price which is 80km from the Karijini Eco Retreat and 101km from the Visitors Centre (Coles Express or Caltex Tom Price) OR there is fuel North of the National Park at Auski Tourist Village 75km from the Visitors Centre on the Great Northern Highway.
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. We also recommend if you take the dirt road between the Visitors Centre and the Karijini Eco Retreat you have a 4WD or take the long way around on the bitumen in a 2WD (refer to map).
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).
Driving at night in the Pilbara should be avoided or done with caution, cattle and native wildlife are dangerous at night.
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