Your next destination should be the Weano
Gorge area. If you are towing a van to the
Karijini Eco Retreat campground (be sure to
book in advance), you should stick to the
sealed Karijini Drive and Banjima Drive West.
Unsealed Banjima Drive North is 4WD-only.
Don’t miss the Joffre Gorge and Knox Gorge
Lookouts. The decent to the bottom of Joffre
Falls is a Class 5 walk and worth the effort for
experienced, fit hikers. Both Oxer, with an
expansive view over five gorges, and Junction
Pool Lookout, are easy.
Handrail Pool in Weano Gorge is another
Class 5 challenge that is worthwhile but
downright dangerous if you aren’t fit and
agile. Otherwise, the pool near the start of the
trail is a perfectly lovely spot to contemplate
nature for a few hours.
Those with a capable 4WD can take Banjima
Drive North 17km south-east to Kalamina
Gorge. Take a packed lunch and a towel and
plan to spend a bit of time in this ravishing
setting. A 3km return Class 4 trail leads to
Rock Arch Pool; if you aren’t up to the full
walk, just do the beginning and find a place to
sit and enjoy the world at its most beautiful.
At this point, you might think you are all
gorged out, but there is one more place you
shouldn’t miss: Hamersley Gorge. There are a
couple of options for accessing Hamersley; all
involve unsealed roads. It is 80km one way
from the Weano Gorge area or 70km from
There is no camping at Hamersley and towing
is not advised as turning around in the
parking area with even a small van would be
There is an area at the junction of Nanutarra-
Munjina Road and Hamersley Gorge Road
where vans can be left, with overnight