By CruiseDirector | September 22, 2011
Karijini National Park can be found an hour or so outside of the town of Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is known most for its spectacular walking trails.
Skilled walkers will find a wide range of hiking grades, with two grade 6 (restricted) paths, one grade 5 in addition to a number of grades 4 and 3. You’ll encounter impressive gorges stretching many miles. You should abseil over a 40 metre waterfall, observe the mighty wedgetailed eagles, osprey and even red kangaroos.
With its sheer gorges, Karijini National Park is at an increased chance of flash floods. Some hikers have been killed when water levels rose swiftly and washed them onto boulders. Not long ago a SES worker was drowned attempting a rescue. Keep safe and do not put yourself or the health of people attempting to save you in danger. Be sure to notify the ranger where you are going and travel in pairs or groups.
Karijini National Park features an eco retreat in case you want something better than a basic tent. Each of these come with solar hot water along with raised platforms with the camping tents. If not, you could potentially have a personal tent or perhaps even take your caravan. If you do not mind the drive to the town of Newman each day and plan to enjoy far more comfort and luxury, stay at the Mia Mia resort run by Auzcorp.
A couple of hours to the north of Karijini National Park is the mining town of Port Hedland. It is the most well known town in the vicinity and roughly 15,000 people are located there. Each month, more or less 20 million tonnes of iron ore pass through the main harbour, destined for China, Japan and USA. Some other major exports also include salt (you’ll want to drive to the salt mine near Port Hedland), manganese, sheep and cattle.
If you should take some time in Port Hedland, you can expect to feel differently dressed if you don’t put on a flurescent jacket. Pretty much everyone in Port Hedland works on the mines. The people that don’t usually either assist the miners with dinner and shelter, or they are travelers.
You will discover lodgings somewhat difficult to come by in Port Hedland. Those which are available are usually expensive. The best place to stay in certainly is the Auzcorp Beachside Village. It once was the Port Hedland Detention Centre, though it has been transformed into a hotel some time ago. If protection is extremely important for you, this is an ideal place to stay. Lots of the security measures that were put in place to keep detainees inside now are used for keeping travellers safe and sound. Don’t worry, the hotel doesn’t feel like a prison. It looks a lot more like a high security lodge.
Additional points of interest in the neighborhood include the incredible Whaleback Mountain mine run by BHP Billiton. This is the actual biggest open cut mine on the earth. Marble Bar is brimming with mining history. In the event that National Parks are more to your taste, be sure you pay a visit to Cape Kerandren National Park and Rudal River National Park. Document: auz48376