Grey nomads warned over Karijini’s perilous beauty

Published: May 16, 2015

Grey nomads and other visitors to Karijni are being warned to ensure they are fully prepared for any activities they undertake while exploring Western Australia’s iconic national park.

Pilbara police said there had been “quite a few deaths” in the park in recent years, mainly due to people losing their footing or jumping off rocks into water.

“It’s a beautiful place but it’s also very dangerous,” The officer in charge of Tom Price police, Kevin Jones, told the ABC. “Obey all the signs and directions and respect the environment you’re in, it is dangerous out there and people have died.”

Visiting the remote gorges of Karijini requires reasonable levels of physical fitness as there is hiking and some climbing involved.

Police say no alcohol is allowed in the gorges and people should take note of signs and watch their weight distribution.

“We did have an incident last year, we had a young lady and she had a backpack on her that caused her to topple over a bit and that could be something that you should be aware of,” said officer Jones.

* Have you ever been caught out by the length or the difficulty of a national park bush walk? Comment below.

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Chris Kneller
7 years ago

Perhaps all activities like this should be graded by the parks and wildlife service, 1 = easy 5 = moderate 10 = stay in the car. Got caught badly in NZL few years ago with a trek over Fox Glacier, I hate heights.

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