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Peak season approaching for Karijini camp sites

Fortescue Falls
Fortescue Falls Parks and Wildlife

Travellers to Karijini National Park are being encouraged to arrive at camp sites early in the day to ensure they secure a spot during the school holidays.

Department of Parks and Wildlife senior ranger Ivan Thrash said campgrounds often filled to capacity quickly during July and August.

“There are two main camping sites available in Karijini and they are located at Dales Gorge and Karijini Eco Retreat,” he said.

“Arriving early in the day allows people enough time to check if there are any spaces available during the busy period and to consider alternative accommodation options outside of the national park if the campgrounds are full.

“Other possible accommodation options include Tom Price, which is 90km west of Karijini and is the nearest town, or Newman, which is 190km south-east of Karijini. There is also the Auski Roadhouse 60km north-east of the park.”

Mr Thrash also advised visitors to be mindful of construction work which was about to get underway at Fortescue Falls, one of the park’s most popular tourist attractions.

“During the month of July, work will begin on a project to build a solid platform and walkway to provide improved access to Fortescue Falls,” he said.

“The first and second phases will focus on the bottom half of the walk trail and will be completed at the end of July, and phase three of the project will commence in October.

“The access track to the falls will remain open to visitors during this time, however signage will be in place to notify visitors of any possible hazards.”

The project is being undertaken through the Parks and Wildlife Remote Regions Nature Conservation Program, whereby staff from southern parts of the State undertake parks and conservation project work in northern parts over the winter months.

Fortescue Falls is Karijini National Park’s only permanent waterfall. Fed by a spring, it cascades more than 20m down a series of natural rock steps into the pool.

Almost 176,000 visits have been recorded for Karijini since July 2013.

For more information to help with planning a visit to Karijini National Park go to www.parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au.

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