Top 5 National Parks in WA

Updated: Nov 4, 2018

One of our favourite things is National Parks, and what’s better than those in our own State! It wasn’t easy, but we’ve come up with our top five National Parks in Western Australia (WA).


1. Karijini National Park

This is hands down our favourite national park, not only in WA but in all of Australia. A park characterised by sparkling waterfalls, breath-taking gorges and vibrant red cliffs – this place blows us away every time we visit. We have been lucky enough to visit three times in the past three years and each time we’ve been, we’ve fallen in love with different aspects. The cheeky dingoes, the vivid red rocks, the turquoise waters, the rolling Hammersley Ranges. To us, Karijini has it all. It is our definition of paradise.


Karijini National Park - the snapshot


Where is it?

  • Pilbara region, ~1,380km North of Perth.

Top activities/ spots?

  • The entire Dales gorge area (Fortesuce Falls, Fern Pool, Circular Pool and the Rim walk).

  • Sunset at Oxer lookout.

  • Kermit’s Pool.

  • Knox Gorge.

  • Mount Bruce (sunset is amazing).

  • Hammersley Ranges.

  • Spa Pool.

When is best to go?

  • April – October.

Essentials?

  • Swimming gear.

  • Shoes with good grip.

  • Camera.

How long do you need?

  • 5-7 days

Accommodation style?

  • Camping (either at Dales Campground or the Eco Retreat).

CJ TIPS:

  • Check when school holidays are on and avoid visiting during this period (if you can)!

  • Monitor the weather - if there has been a big rain recently the beautiful water in Karijini can turn brown.

  • You can’t book Dales campsite online so it’s first in best dressed.

  • Starting at Fortescue falls car park, combine Dale’s Gorge walk (along the bottom of the gorge) with the Gorge rim walk (along the top) to catch all the sights. There are several unofficial lookouts along the rim walk that make for the perfect sunset location.


2. Purnululu National Park – World Heritage Site

We recently visited Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles) on our honeymoon and instantly fell in love. It was such a special place and one we really struggled to do justice on the camera. The park is split into two sections – the North and the South and each has its own campground. We camped in the South side (at Walardi) as we found most of our time was spent here (the South side is where the bee-hive domes are). This truly is a park like no other.


Purnululu National Park - the snapshot

Where is it?

  • Kimberley region, ~3,000km North of Perth.

Top activities/ spots?

  • The Piccaninny Creek walk (this was our highlight) – lots of great photo spots along here, especially for sunrise and sunset.

  • Echidna Chasm (you want to time this for exactly half way in the day so around lunch).

  • Cathedral Gorge (especially beautiful at night).

When is best to go?

  • April/May – September.

Essentials?

  • 4WD and Spare tyres for the road.

  • Good walking shoes.

  • Sunhat.

  • Camera.

How long do you need?

  • 2-3 days.

Accommodation style?

  • Camping (Kurrajong in the North or Walardi in the South).

CJ TIPS:

  • Call the Kununurra Visitor Centre and ask when the road was last graded. A lot of people say the road in is the worst in Australia (we can’t comment as the grader had just been through when we visited – we were very lucky!).

  • We think the ideal time to visit would be right after the wet season – the gorges would have fresh water and Cathedral Gorge might even have a small waterfall if you’re really lucky!

  • Book your campground online (and do it early!) – we preferred Walardi as it was a smaller campground and was closer to the beehive domes at Piccaninny creek.

  • Arrive at Echidna Chasm earlier than midday as both chasm walls only light up for a short period.


3. Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri is a beautiful (and easy) road trip destination from Perth. The National Park boasts incredibly different landscapes ranging from towering sea cliffs to ancient inland gorges. We have visited the park five times over the last few years and are always finding new things to see and do. While there is no camping in the National Park, there are plenty of accommodation options in the nearby townsite. If you want to read more on Kalbarri, click here.


Kalbarri National Park - the snapshot


Where is it?

  • Midwest region, 620 km North of Perth.

Top activities/ spots?