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Karijini Journey

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Duration

5 Days

Distance

2-10 km

Difficulty

Advanced

Tour Type

Overnight

Tour Overview

Karijini beckons with its cavernous gorges and waterfalls that seem to defy time itself.  This is your opportunity to find space in ancient spaces. We invite you to press pause with our 4-night, 5-day escape to the simplicity of the great outdoors. This experience will be hosted from the 10th- 14th October 2024.

 

Our carefully crafted journey is exclusively for women, creating a nurturing space centered on empowerment, connection, and growth as you traverse the rugged tracks, swim in fern-lined pools, and experience the sheer majesty of vertical rock canyons that glow red in the setting sun. With each step, you traverse ancient landscapes, and with each breath, you have a chance to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate your spirit.

This immersive adventure for the soul will nudge you into your “challenge-zone”.  While the physical paths are accessible, the gorges challenge you with a grade 4-5 difficulty, designed to invigorate and push your boundaries within the safety of the group and guides. Moderate fitness levels are recommended to fully enjoy the essence of this transformative experience.

 

The journey is your chance to connect and share. To step away from the daily rush and embrace simplicity with others who share your quest for a deeper connection to both self and nature.

 

The adventure encompasses delicious meals and snacks, alongside four nights of accommodation set against the breathtaking landscape of Karijini Eco Retreat.

 

Experience guided hikes through a collection of Karijini’s most renowned gorges and serene swimming holes, including the celebrated Fern Pool and Dales Gorge. Daily journaling sessions and mindfulness practices are integrated into the itinerary, enhancing your connection to self.

The journey culminates with a sunrise hike to the summit of Mount Bruce, Western Australia’s second tallest peak, offering spectacular views that crown your transformative journey.

 

Twin-share accommodation is included, but for privacy, select a private tent at checkout.

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Tour Inclusions

  • 4 Nights' accommodation (twin share) in the Karijini Eco Retreat deluxe eco-tents including private ensuite bathroom
  • Guided hiking and gorge tours covering between 2 - 10km per day throughout Karijini National Park
  • Daily journalling and mindfulness opportunities
  • Daily transfers to trails and gorges
  • Transfer from Paraburduoo to Karijini at set time on day 1 and return on day 5
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 5
  • Packed nutritious lunches and trail treats
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Little surprises for your journey along the way

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1 | Journey to the heart of Karijini
Day 1 | Journey to the heart of Karijini

Welcome to your Karijini adventure! Upon landing at Paraburdoo Airport, our warm and welcoming team will be there to greet you and guide you on the picturesque drive to the stunning Karijini National Park.

To ensure a seamless start to our journey, we kindly request that you book your flight according to the following schedule (based on current Qantas schedules):
- QF1850 | Departing Perth at 12:30 and arriving in Paraburdoo at 14:20.

We depart Paraburdoo at 3:00pm.

As we approach the heart of this natural wonder, the excitement for the unforgettable experiences ahead will start to build.

As the golden hour approaches, we'll embark on a leisurely walk to the breathtaking Joffre Gorge. There, we'll sip champagne and savour welcome nibbles while admiring the gorge's majestic beauty, bathed in the warm hues of the setting sun.

Following our golden hour experience, we'll return to our home away from home to freshen up, and come together for a delightful dinner under the stars, setting the stage for the magical days that lie ahead.

Day 2 | Kalamina Gorge, Visitors Centre, Dales Gorge, Fern Pool
Day 2 | Kalamina Gorge, Visitors Centre, Dales Gorge, Fern Pool

Today's journey begins as we delve into the heart of Karijini National Park to explore the magnificent Kalamina Gorge. While the path may be rocky and uneven, the walk is relatively gentle, leading us to a hidden gem at the gorge's base. Here, we'll discover one of Karijini's perfect swimming holes, a serene spot to refresh and immerse ourselves in nature's beauty.

After our time at Kalamina Gorge, we'll visit the Karijini Visitor's Centre, where we can learn about the park's rich history and enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by the park's stunning landscapes.

Our journey continues to Dales Gorge, where we'll spend the afternoon exploring its breathtaking water holes, surrounded by deep red rocks, lush ferns, and cascading waterfalls. We might even get a glimpse at a dingo or two.

Here, you can experience three major highlights of Karijini National Park and Australia’s Pilbara region.

Take a refreshing dip at the spring-fed waters of Fortescue Falls, or bask in the beauty of Fern Pool, a sacred site revered by local Indigenous people.

For those up for the adventure, We will hike the Dales Gorge Trail, meandering along the gorge floor amidst lush pockets of forest and stepping stone pathways.

Day 3 | Hancock Gorge, Weano Gorge, Handrail Pool
Day 3 | Hancock Gorge, Weano Gorge, Handrail Pool

Today's journey sees us diving deeper into the heart of Karijini, and exploring the iconic Hancock and Weano Gorges. While the trails may present some challenges, they are accessible and full of rewarding moments.

We'll wade through gentle waters and navigate rocky ledges, immersing ourselves in the beauty of these stunning gorges. As we discover enchanting jade pools nestled within the gorge walls, we'll pause for a moment of mindfulness practice. This will be an opportunity to connect with the serene surroundings, allowing the tranquility of nature to bring a sense of peace and presence.

We'll also take time for journaling, providing a space for reflection and capturing the essence of our experiences. This is your chance to put pen to paper and let your thoughts flow freely, surrounded by the natural beauty of Karijini.

Among the highlights of our adventure are the exhilarating Spider Walk and the serene Kermits Pool, each offering a unique and memorable experience.

As one of the more challenging days, you can choose to take some time to yourself and stay at the retreat.

Day 4 | Knox Gorge, Joffre Gorge, Choose your own adventure
Day 4 | Knox Gorge, Joffre Gorge,  Choose your own adventure

Today has an element of choose your own adventure, as we slow down the pace, and begin with a slow morning close to our home away from home. Walk the short meander to Joffre Gorge, a natural amphitheater boasting a breathtaking curved seasonal waterfall to explore and swim.

Stay here, or embark on the journey towards the pool downstream from the waterfall, where the trail presents a challenging section for the intrepid explorers among us. Prepare to scramble your way down rocky slabs, adding another dimension to the adventure. Head back to the retreat for lunch.

After lunch, the option is there to continue onto Knox Gorge, or take an afternoon to rest.

At Knox gorge, Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance, taking in the sights and sounds of yet another beautiful gem pocketed neatly in the beautiful surrounds of Karijini.

Whether you choose to relax by the tranquil waters or venture deeper into the gorge's hidden treasures, Knox Gorge promises an unforgettable day.

Journey back to the retreat for some journalling and mindfulness before dinner.

Day 5 | Sunrise on Mount Bruce & Final Farewells
Day 5 | Sunrise on Mount Bruce & Final Farewells

The final day is upon us, and it is time to wake before the morning light, and head to Mount Bruce, We will depart the campsite by 3am to begin our torchlight ascent. as we conquer the majestic Mt Bruce, also known as Punurrunha.

As Western Australia's second highest mountain, Mt Bruce offers one of the country's most picturesque trails. The option is there to choose a shorter trail at 4.6km and enjoy the Honey Hakea trail, or take on the summit, stretching 9km return presenting a formidable challenge with steep ascents and sections requiring scrambling and climbing.

The views from the top put a new twist on your adventure, and a proud sense of accomplishment.

Time to head back to camp one last time to freshen up and head off into Tom Price for lunch and then Paraburdoo to fly back to Perth and beyond.

What To Bring

  • Hiking boots
  • Reef shoes
  • Five days of hiking clothes and casual wear
  • Refillable water bladder (at least 2L) and backpack
  • Personal first-aid kit and blister protection
  • Sun protection and hat
  • Swimming clothes and towels
  • Hiking poles recommended ( A full packing list is available upon booking)

Tour Location

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Comments From Our Guests

  • JLK-Aus Avatar
    JLK-Aus
    5 star rating
    09 Aug 2021 - TripAdvisor

    A great hike, my first slightly more challenging hike, and I loved it! Friendly and supportive guides. The view... read more

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    MichelleQaqish
    5 star rating
    30 Nov 2020 - TripAdvisor

    I have done a few hikes with THC and each time I walk away feeling refreshed and reconnected to country.... read more

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    Abdul-Raouf Mohamed-Isa
    17 Sep 2019 - Google

    Great group of people who are always willing to help and offer support and guidance. The Hike Collective gets people... read more

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    17 May 2020 - TripAdvisor

    The team at Hike Collective is the bomb, they are friendly knowledgeable and care about your experience.

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    01 Feb 2021 - Facebook

    The cabaret yoga cave, grand venue, warm crowd, being it my first yoga experience was great and fun, I thought... read more

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Additional Information

AMENITIES
Each tent at the retreat comes with a private ensuite for your comfort. While exploring the gorges, please note that amenities are sparse. We will provide details about the natural "facili-trees" during our tour briefing.

Reception is limited in this remote setting, making it an ideal opportunity to disconnect. While nightly check-ins are possible at the retreat, we encourage you to embrace this chance to unplug.

At the Karijini Eco Retreat, you can purchase snacks, drinks, and other essentials. However, there will be no access to shops throughout the duration of the Journey, so we advise bringing any necessary items with you.
HIKE DIFFICULTY
Each experience is unlike the rest, with a short 800m grade 5 experience to a 9 km 6-hour summit.
Please keep in mind the conditions of the Pilbara, and the necessary degree of fitness required for this experience.
CANCELLATION POLICY AND DEPOSIT
Our Overnight Hiking Tour Terms and Conditions Apply to this tour;

Payment:
A deposit of $400 is required at time of booking. The balance of the tour price is payable to THC 60 days prior to departure. we can also arrange a payment plan if requested. Prices are quoted in Australian dollars and all payments must be made in Australian dollars.

Cancellations:
If you wish to cancel your tour, you must notify THC in writing. The cancellation will take effect subject to the following:
More than 61 days prior to your departure date, your full deposit will be forfeited.
Between 60 and 31 days before your departure date, 50% of the tour price will be forfeited.
30 days or less before your departure date, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.

Please read the full terms & Conditions for this tour before placing a booking.

We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.
ACCOMMODATION AND DINING
You will be in twin share accommodation in the Deluxe Tents of Karijini Eco Retreat. If you wish to share with a friend, please let us know their name at time of booking, otherwise, we will organise room sharing.

Some meals will take place in the Karijini Eco Retreat restaurant, and others on the trail, or at picnic spots.
EXCLUSIONS
The following are not included in your experience:
- Airfares and transport to and from Paraburdoo
- Breakfast - Lunch day 1 & Lunch - Dinner day 5.
- Transport to Karijini for guests who choose to travel outside of our designated arrival and departure times
- Alcohol (Except for the opening night canapes). Wine will be available for purchase at the retreat restaurant.
- Clothing and gear for the daily adventures. A full packing list will be sent to confirmed guests the weeks prior to departure.
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