Experience the wildflower season, waterfalls and Gorges whilst hiking through loops and cliffs in WA’s picturesque North-West.
If you’ve got a few days up your sleeve, the north of the state is a breathtaking place for a hike – the coasts and forests you’ll see in the south are replaced with gigantic gorges, and red and orange landscapes peppered with colours during the wildflower season.
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If you’re up for a challenge, it’s worth tackling the steep decline into the gorge, where you’ll be rewarded with the spectacular Circular Pool and the trickling waterfall.
Further on, you’ll pass Fortescue Falls (great for a dip) and Fern Pool. The full loop runs for 5km, consisting of three walks joined together, and takes about four hours.
The experienced hiker will love the escarpments and vast basins that dominate the Millstream Chichester National Park in the northern Pilbara region.
The ancient landscape is harsh, yet a watercourse dotted with deep holes provides a point of connection through the park, and it’s awe-inspiring to reach each new waterhole teeming with lush vegetation and wildlife.
The park has a few main walks. Be sure to take the Cathedral Gorge walk, where you mosey past the internationally acclaimed beehive formations and into the natural amphitheatre. The acoustics are unbelievable.
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Its height belittles Uluru’s, so it’s no wonder that the 12km return climb is demanding, even for experienced hikers. The return walk to the summit takes the full day, about six to seven hours.
If you’re worried you’ll be in ‘struggle town’ during the journey, admit defeat and take the easier walk trails to the lookouts, swimming holes and picnic spots.