Karijini ECO Retreat…

Karijini Eco Retreat is close to the major gorges towards the middle of Karijini National Park.

It’s an environmentally friendly Retreat and Campground, nestled in the pristine bushland at Joffre Gorge.

Alongside the outback bush camping experience, the Karijini Eco Retreat is the only facility in the park to offer semi-permanent eco tents and cabins. There is also an outback style alfresco licensed restaurant offering quite good meals – we had an extremely nice lunch here one day.

It’s not cheap but the convenience of the location and it’s closeness to, in my opinion the best of the gorges in the park, make it ideal and worth it.

It’s just a very short 10min drive to Weano, Hancock and Knox Gorges and the retreat is built on one side of Joffre gorge (easy walking distance).

Ari Zuka

Ari Zuka

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/320 sec at f/5.6, ISO 360

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Around midday my daughter and I went for a bit of an exploration of the area and walked from our campsite to Joffre Gorge.

On the way we of course found a number of these amazing and absolutely massive anthills which are a staple of the whole north western Australian area.

Pretty much since moving west from Katherine in the northern territory we had seen literally millions of these anthills on our journey. They dot the landscape in awe inspiring numbers and some are very very large. They come in an amazing array of sizes and shapes, however what is really interesting is the array of colours that they come in. From deep rich red (like the one above) through browns, greys and creams. Basically they reflect the colour of the underlying dirt that the ants and termites dig up below to make these amazing structures.

Joffre Cutting

Joffre Cutting

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 92 mm, 1/100 sec at f/11, ISO 640

These purple Mulla Mulla also dot the landscape up here in the north and provide a lovely splash of colour against the reds and greens. This is especially the case when they blanket a huge area in a purple swathe.

Mulla Mulla

Mulla Mulla

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 98 mm, 1/100 sec at f/8, ISO 200

Time to head back through Karijini Eco Retreat to the caravan and my parents for lunch…

Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park