Alright guys here is a post from Brad. I’ve uploaded it for him but the credit is all his.
‘Hi Amitiae crew, my name is Brad and I’m a fellow Sandgroper from Perth, through mutual friends (John and DJ) I started watching this site. I really like the idea of using a website as your own personal four for people to communicate their ideas and experiences through. John asked if I would be interested in writing a post as I have just got back from a trip to Karijini. I am typically not much of a writer but thought I would contribute to the page and offer what I learnt during my time up there.
First a bit of background on myself, I am 24 years old and working at a fabrication business here in Perth. Not just the typical fabrication but the creative kind. I enjoy coming up with new plans and solutions for trainer parts, 4×4 gear…. in fact just about anything. I am kinda like the outsider to this group as I believe most of the people who view this site all meet through uni? I knew I should have studied harder :-P After some time at work saving dollars I figured it was time to hit the road for a bit and check out what this amazing country has to offer. I have been to many places down south and east but never really got too far north. Everything is so spread out that it does take a fair bit of driving and a decent car.
Sure enough I finally found myself up in Karijini. I decided to take the inland road to experience some ‘real country’. There was a lot to see, Wedge Tail Eagles and Reptiles plus amazing scenery. There were also patches where there was very little to see or more rather there was a lot of the same thing over and over again. I guess thats what ‘up North’ is though.
Karijini is incredible, some degree of fitness is recommended just to get up and down the stairs into the gorges. Man were they steep!!! It is pretty obvious to figure out what the main gorges were, they include Hancock, Weano etc they are all in the same sort of area. First piece of advice is to get a map from the information centre in Newman or Tom Price (whichever way you come in from) The map shows you the location of the gorges once you are in the reserve, the distance between the gorges (you will need a car to get in-between some of them) plus if you get one map they show you the length of the walking trail in the gorge as well as the estimated time taken to get through. This little map with ultimately dictate what you will or will not have time to see.
There is so much out there it is a little mind boggling, so much natural beauty around I would strongly recommend bringing a decent camera if you have one/afford one, you won’t be disappointed! In terms of accommodation you have 2 options. First is to stay at the mini ‘resort’ that they have there. Nice private rooms, soft pillows/ beds/towels/ showers. Just what you need after a hard day of tracking. WE went for the other option and that is camping. If you take this option be prepared. There are no power at the sites, they aren’t set up with lawn or shade. It is quite literally your little piece of home in the bush. This being said I love camping, it’s an adventure and if you have a little bit of experience then you’ll love it to. The facilities aren’t flash (long drop toilets etc) but you didn’t trek all the way out here for luxury. The best part of the experience is at night, when you are tired and finally get to kick back in your swag and get to look at the stars!. I cannot afford the level of camera needed to even come close to getting a photo to do that scenery justice. That is how good it is. That is when you realise how small we are. It truly is an ultimate escape. No sound of traffic, no lights to dull the stars, it’s incredible!!!!!! You have to go check it out.
That’s about all I have time for, I might chime in a bit later with another write up on Karijini or some other places I’ve visited. Hope you enjoyed reading this little blog and I hope to see you out there!
There you have it guys. I have been to Karijini myself and even I can’t wait to go back after reading that! Cheers Brad. If there is anyone else who would like to chime in with one of their adventures fell free to contact us here and we’l be happy to help you out.
Until next time!