Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park

A beautiful spot in Karijini National Park, in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, Dales Gorge offers epic views from the rim, and plenty of waterfalls, swimming pools, and lush greenery in the gorge itself.

The scale of the gorge, and greenness contained within, is apparent from the multiple lookouts along the Rim Walk.

There were also some attractive flowers and interesting bark patterns.

At the end Circular Pool lived up to it’s name.

We descended into the gorge to find blue asbestos, quite incredible to see natural strands, very much a look but don’t touch situation.

We reached Circular Pool, even more alluring close up.

Heading back along the gorge we passed more amazing iron ore rock formations, incredible trees, and an increasing amount of water, in one place home to some rather vivid green weed, in other places lush turquoise waters.

Fortescue Falls was a highlight of the gorge, with the most accessible waterfall I’ve come across, the rock structure allowing access to endless ledges.

The final water hole was Fern Pool, though I was more interested in the fruit bats on the way there, and photographing a couple of Yellow Spotted Monitor Lizards busy foraging in the undergrowth.

On our way back to camp we stopped at Karijini National Park Visitor Centre. I was a fan of the imposing architecture and free wifi.

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