Kalamina Gorge

1 h 30 min to 2 h

1.9 km
return

↑ 44 m
↓ -44 m

Hard track
Starting from the car park at the end of Kalamina Road, Karijini National Park, this walk takes you past Kalamina Falls, then along Kalamina Gorge to Rock Arch Pool and back. Arguably the most underrated gorge walk in Karijini National Park, Kalamina Gorge is one of the lesser-known attractions due to it being located deep within the park. While not as deep as the other gorges, Kalamina makes up for it by offering a unique and picturesque experience of stunning reflections on still pools and glowing red walls. Kalamina Gorge has more trees and plants than most gorges in the national park, making the area around its watercourse shaded and more picturesque. You'll come across a track that will take you to a seasonal waterfall after descending into the gorge via the man-made steps. Although the waterfall is seasonal, the rock pool there is permanent. To explore the gorge further, it's a relatively easy walk through the gorge itself, following the watercourse downstream past rock pools and beautiful rock walls to Rock Arch Pool. You'll need to use the stepping stones a few times to pass the creek. The walk is largely on uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain. The gradients are gentle, with only a short, steep descent into the gorge. The circle markers attached to the rock will guide you along which side of the gorge you are meant to be walking along. Keep an eye out for spots to swim as there are many along the way, with deep and clear water. Drinking water, toilets and an information shelter are present at the car park. The combination of wide gorge walking, the beauty of Rock Arch Pool and the relaxed nature of the hike make this a perfect walk for adventurous young families. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-22.4169051,118.4015775)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Great Northern Highway, 95
  • Turn on to Karijini Drive then drive for 29.4 km
  • Turn right onto Banjima Drive and drive for another 9.9 km
  • Continue onto Banjima Road and drive for another 17.3 km
  • Turn right onto Kalamina Road and drive for another 5.8 km
  • Keep right onto Kalamina Road and drive for another 115 m
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the car park at the end of Kalamina Road, Karijini National Park, head along the dirt trail, passing a sheltered seating area with informative signs (to your right). Follow the dirt trail ahead for about 75 metres, descending a few stone steps. After passing a 'Cliff Risk Area' sign, turn right and head down a series of rocky steps to reach the bottom of the gorge. After reaching the gorge floor, turn right and follow the path ahead for about 50 metres to check out Kalamina Falls. After visiting the falls, turn around and head back towards the entry steps, then proceed straight ahead further into the gorge to continue the Kalamina Gorge hike.....
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Start.
There is a toilet (about 65 m back from the start).
Find the Kalamina Gorge at the start.
Find the Kalamina Gorge Lookout at the start.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to Kalamina Falls. To start this optional side trip turn sharp right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 170 m continue straight.
Continue another 800 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 930 m to get back to the start.

This little side trip takes you to Kalamina Falls.
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Start.
After another 45 m come to "Kalamina Falls".
Kalamina Falls
Kalamina Falls

Kalamina Falls is a tiny seasonal waterfall sitting at the head of the Kalamina Gorge in Karijini National Park. Although it's a small waterfall, the charming beauty of it makes up for its size. It only takes a brief 5-minute walk from the car park to reach the falls.
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Kalamina Falls is a tiny seasonal waterfall sitting at the head of the Kalamina Gorge in Karijini National Park. Although it's a small waterfall, the charming beauty of it makes up for its size. It only takes a brief 5-minute walk from the car park to reach the falls.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 45 m to the main route.
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Kalamina Gorge


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 1.9 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -65 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-65 m[toilet]
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