Updated: Nov 18, 2018
KARIJINI 🤸🏻♂️👟🌱💧 one of our favourite National Parks!!
After leaving Marble Bar, we pulled into the Auski Roadhouse. Our plan was to stay the night, but we spotted👀 some of our friends out the front. 10 minutes later, another couple we knew pulled up. As it was Amz’s birthday we decided to all go 15km up the road to a free camp, so we could have some birthday beers🍻, a fire & a good ole chinwag. We had a great night with our friends, and Ally (one of the girls), generously made Amz some bday cupcakes🎂.
The next day, we said goodbye and headed back to the Auski Tourist Village Roadhouse. With temperatures around the 35-38 degree🌡 mark, we knew we would need some aircon for little Rusty if we were to day trip into Karijini. We settled in and did some washing and did some planning on what we wanted to see. The next day we got up at 5am, gave Rusty🐶 a quick run, settled her into the aircon and headed off to the Dale’s Gorge’s area.
We made good time, with it only taking us one hour to get to the carpark. We walked down and checked out Circular Pool. Before moving carparks to the Fortescue Falls⛲️ carpark. We thought with school holidays on, the place would be chock a block. Luckily for us, families mustn’t get up early as we had all of the pools pretty much to ourselves. Fern Pool🌿 was very pretty, along with Fortescue falls & circular pool.
After a nice short dip at each spot, we headed to the Visitors Info centre for a look. Lots of history, displays and facts about Karijini inside. We then checked our watch⏱ for time, and decided to go see one more gorge. Headed down the road we stopped into Kalamima Gorge. A nice hike with some different scenery, but a little disappointing at the end. We grabbed some photos then trekked back up to the car. We made it back to Auski roadhouse around lunch time. Rusty still fast asleep💤 on our bed, lapping up the aircon.
The next day, we moved camps to the other side of Karijini. We chose to park the van at a free camp🏕 just outside of the National Park. We wanted to climb Mt. Bruce, which was only 5kms down the road. That night, we had a little meet up with all our friends again. We had a team campfire🔥 cookup which was delicious. Roast pork & lamb, potato bake, roast veges, peas and gravy. Finished off with some homemade nutella scones👌🏼.
Us and two other couples decided we would set our alarms for 4:00am and try to make it up Mt Bruce for sunrise🌤. Up nice and early we all met at the carpark at 4:30am. Most of us walked up the mountain in zombie mode, still half asleep. Unfortunately we just missed sunrise when we made it to the top at around 6:10am. There was lots of cloud cover about, so technically we still saw the sunrise from behind the clouds while we were there💁🏻♂️. We