It's taken a few months to heal the emotional and mental scares from my last attempt at hiking in NZ but I was finally ready to try again. Unfortunately the weather wasn't with me and it ended up being a 50 shades of grey /green kinda day. Still good to get out and explore somewhere new but the 1349 stairs at the end ensured it might be another few months before I try hike again.
Handrail Pool is a short but tough little hike. A steep set of stairs into a progressively narrow gorge rewards you with a swim in a hidden rock pool. It can be a scramble and you'll need your wits about you on the potentially slippery rocks but slow and steady will make this accessible for most people. End the day with a full moon and your Karajini National Park experience is complete.
Mount Bruce. A good solid name for a good solid mountain. It's the second highest peak in West Australia standing at a whopping 1,234m tall and is only a short drive from Karajini. A bit of a scramble in places but the view from the top is worth the effort.
Kalamina Gorge in Karajini National Park. This isn't as popular as Dales gorge and to be honest I had low expectations for it. That changed within the first few minutes as the first waterfall came into view. A relaxing and relatively easy walk past rock pools and stunning rock walls followed until a natural ending at the rock arch. Finish the day by spending an evening with Phil from Remtrek Astronomy and you'll be blown away by the sheer size of our universe.
As promised here are some more photos of Karajini National Park. This is Dale's Gorge. Make a day of it and walk along the bottom between Circular Pool and Fern Pool stopping at some amazing waterfalls to cool off along the way. Hike back to the car along the top of the gorge for comparison and end the day with some g&t's and a sunset. Magic 👌
I've been pretty quiet social media lately but after spending the week soaking in some sun back in Australia I'm feeling inspired again. Here is a couple of pictures from my recent visit to Karajini National Park, specifically Joffrey Gorge. Stay tuned this week for more images from this special place.