Red Dust & Waterfalls: Amy & Alice Explore Karijini National Park

29 October 2014
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There’s only one good reason to get up early, and that’s to catch a plane. We’re Amy and Alice - sisters living in Melbourne and Sydney respectively, here to share our favourite National Park which you probably haven’t heard of. A big shout-out to Flight Centre for sending us anywhere we wanted in Australia this October long weekend!

 The ultimate place for a picnic & a power nap!

What made this trip so magical was our past adventures. When Alice and I were small, our father passed away. Mum packed up our house, quit her job and bought a motorhome. We travelled for a whole year around Australia, and some of my favourite memories were exploring this Park with my sister. It was so good to be back.

Karijini National Park is a place that challenges and rewards your mind, your body and your spirit. We’re talking about being tested by scorching heat, isolation, dangerous walks, slippery rock climbing, reptile encounters and hungry ants.

Fear is a healthy part of any adventure, and it lead us to cool and clear waterholes, fellow solitude seekers, lush flora, and the sense that everything is so old, that it would have been an awesome dinosaur hangout.

 Sometimes, getting through means swimming

We flew from our cities to Perth, north from Perth to Paraburdoo, and phew; the hire car we organised was actually there! Time to hit the road!

Here’s our first major tip: buy supplies in Tom Price. This is the time to stock up on everything you need. Buy much more water than you can drink, make sure you have sunscreen, nibbles to pack your hiking backpack, plastic cutlery and food that won’t spoil in warm weather (we bought tomatoes, wraps and *cough* cream cheese spread *cough*).

Be sure to use more plastic bags then necessary. You’re going to want them for waterproofing your belongings on hikes, warding off rubbish intruders, keeping food ant free and clean, and separating red dirt from things you like in your bag coming home.

 Sunrise & birds chirping means hurry up & start hiking, fools!

We heart glamping. When we arrived at Karijini Eco Retreat (the only permanent accommodation within the Park) we were told we had the deluxe tents. Raised off the ground with floorboards, real beds and an outdoor ensuite attached. Coolest thing ever. How about this view?

Ordinary days at Karijini National Park go like this. You wake up, eat as much food as you can, and hit the dirt roads for a day of exploring with walking trail maps from the Karijini Visitors Centre as your guide.

Each of the walks have different skill levels, but if you’re here, chances are you’re adventurous enough to withstand slippery surfaces, tip-toeing over rock formations and jumps from boulder to boulder.

 Sunset in the outback gives us the happies

Knowing where you’re going is simple with coloured dots on obvious rocks letting you know you’re going the right direction. Two to five kilometres later, you hit a cool freshwater pool to bring your blood down to a simmer. Lunch, relax, and wander back. This is what you’ll see.

 Cooling off in the clear water surrounding Fortescue Falls

Before you go, remember to tell your Mum you won’t have phone reception, pack plastic bags, sunscreen, fridge-free nibbles, swimmers, the sturdiest/ugliest sneakers you own, extra socks and not a lot of white clothing (unless for photography purposes). Bring all of your soulmates! Karijini National Park is the happiest place on earth.

 Those who say dirt isn't beautiful, clearly haven't been to burnt-red Karijini

Amy & Alice's WA adventure wraps up our blog series from our five 'travel correspondents'. Search #travelcorrespondent on Twitter and Instagram, or check out the other four articles here:

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About Amy & Alice

Sisters Amy and Alice grew up in a small town in Central West NSW. Their love for the outback was cemented early when they travelled a lap of Australia as youngins. Amy now works in the heart of Melbourne as an Online Fashion Editor, and Alice is studying Physio, bouncing between the country and Sydney city. Any excuse for an adventure will do.
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