Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Karijini National Park Maps and Camping Information

Before I left for Karijini, I searched the web for maps and information about camping at Karijini National Park and couldn’t find what I was looking for. Here it is, for all those coming after me:

There are two options for camping at Karijini, one at Dales campground, and one at Savannah Campground. Camping is not available at Weano Gorge or any of the other gorges.

The Dales campground is located right near Dales Gorge, about 12km from the visitor centre. The Savannah campground, which is part of Karijini Eco Retreat, is about 40km west of Dales, right on Joffre Gorge. It’s about 10km from Weano Gorge.

We enjoyed the Dales campground most, even though it had less facilities than Savannah. We just really liked the laid back atmosphere, and the fact that we could walk to all the local attractions.

There’s a special section for generators, and even though we don’t have a generator, we stayed in there because we had friends who did. The sites are well spaced, so we hardly noticed any of the other generators in any case.

"Oh woops, we forgot to take a photo of the campsite before we packed up the tent."

There’s no water at the Dales campsite, so you need to fill your vessels at the visitor’s centre. There are plenty of long drop toilets available. We didn’t feel the need for showers, having swum all day, but there are showers at the visitors centre available for $2 per person.

Dales campground was great value for us. We paid just $8.50 per night - $6.50 for an adult, and $2 for a child.

In contrast, Savannah campground cost us $22 per night. Apparently, approximately $1m was spent recently to install facilities including a water treatment plant, and it has all been very well done. The campground has showers, toilets, bush kitchens and covered eating areas. It was a nice change to do our dishes at a kitchen bench, with running water on hand.

Our first night at Savannah had us wondering if it was party central, but things quietened down a bit on the second night.

Shade is available at many of the sites in either location. Most have a choice of morning or afternoon shade, however at Savannah we were lucky enough to find a site that came with both, and we pitched our tent to take full advantage of that.

If you don’t want to camp, you can stay at one of the rooms on site. They are made of canvas, built on a small deck and covered by a shadesail roof. With your own ensuite, it’s $270 a night, or if you are happy to share bathroom facilities, it’s $175 a night.

There are no rubbish bins in the park at all, so you need to take all rubbish out with you. We had ants get into our rubbish, so we put it outside the tent where birds promptly tore it apart. Next time I’d take a strong garbage bag that I could put our full smaller bags into, and I’d tie it up so that ants couldn’t get into it.

In my next blog I’ll talk about exploring the gorges.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thanks Cath,

You are right... it is hard finding all the right info. We might head there mid this year (08) so will take some of your advice!!