Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos in Australia - Deserts / Badlands / Gorges

Fortescue Falls / Dales Gorge / Circular Pool Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainLakes / Rivers / Waterfalls, Deserts / Badlands / GorgesDateEarly Apr
Region/PlaceWestern Australia, Pilbara, Karijini NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)6Height gain (m)150Route findingEasy
RouteFortescue Fall carpark - Fortescue Falls - Dales Gorge - Circular Pool - Dales Gorge Rim Trail - Fortescue Falls carpark
NotesAn excellent circuit walk along the spectacular Dales Gorge connecting Circular and Fortescue Pools. Both Fortescue and Circular Pool are very pleasant places for a warm swim in summer.
Dales Gorge, about 1km east of Fortescue Falls, Fortescue Fall carpark - Fortescue Falls - Dales Gorge - Circular Pool - Dales Gorge Rim Trail - Fortescue Falls carpark (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 4-Apr-03, ah725

Rocks above Dales Gorge, Fortescue Fall carpark - Fortescue Falls - Dales Gorge - Circular Pool - Dales Gorge Rim Trail - Fortescue Falls carpark (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 4-Apr-03, ah727

Dales Gorge, about 1km east of Fortescue Falls, Fortescue Fall carpark - Fortescue Falls - Dales Gorge - Circular Pool - Dales Gorge Rim Trail - Fortescue Falls carpark (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 4-Apr-03, ah726

Southern side of Dales Gorge from east of Fortescue Falls, Fortescue Fall carpark - Fortescue Falls - Dales Gorge - Circular Pool - Dales Gorge Rim Trail - Fortescue Falls carpark (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 4-Apr-03, ah728

Circular Pool, Fortescue Fall carpark - Fortescue Falls - Dales Gorge - Circular Pool - Dales Gorge Rim Trail - Fortescue Falls carpark (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 4-Apr-03, ah730

Rock ledges near Circular Pool, Fortescue Fall carpark - Fortescue Falls - Dales Gorge - Circular Pool - Dales Gorge Rim Trail - Fortescue Falls carpark (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 4-Apr-03, ah732

Rock ledges near Circular Pool, Fortescue Fall carpark - Fortescue Falls - Dales Gorge - Circular Pool - Dales Gorge Rim Trail - Fortescue Falls carpark (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 4-Apr-03, ah734

Fortescue Falls from lookout, Fortescue Fall carpark - Fortescue Falls - Dales Gorge - Circular Pool - Dales Gorge Rim Trail - Fortescue Falls carpark (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 4-Apr-03, ah736

Giles Track nr Kings Creek Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateLate Apr
Region/PlaceNorthern Territory (Red Centre), Watarrka (King's Canyon) NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)8Height gain (m) Route findingModerate
RouteKings Creek - Sandstone domes 2-3 km along trail - Kings Creek
NotesWalking away from King's Canyon, this walk carries on though impressive sandstone domed scenery, with far-reaching views of the surrounding desert.
Sandstone domes from 2km north along Giles Track, Kings Creek - Sandstone domes 2-3 km along trail - Kings Creek Section, Giles Track (T), Watarrka (King's Canyon) NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 22-Apr-03, ah847

Sandstone domes from 2km north along Giles Track, Kings Creek - Sandstone domes 2-3 km along trail - Kings Creek Section, Giles Track (T), Watarrka (King's Canyon) NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 22-Apr-03, ah848

  
Joffre Falls Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainLakes / Rivers / Waterfalls, Deserts / Badlands / GorgesDateEarly Apr
Region/PlaceWestern Australia, Pilbara, Karijini NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)2-5Height gain (m)150Route findingEasy
RouteJoffre Falls Trail
NotesAn exploration is possible a short way along Joffre Gorge from Joffre Falls. It will be necessary to wade or tip-toe on rock ledges above the rock pools in the gorge.
Pools above Joffre Falls, Joffre Falls Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah698

Joffre Canyon, Joffre Falls Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah700

Joffre Canyon, Joffre Falls Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah701

Joffre Canyon, Joffre Falls Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah702

Joffre Falls, Joffre Falls Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah703

Joffre Canyon, Joffre Falls Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah704

  
Kings Creek Walk Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
DaysShortTerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateLate Apr
Region/PlaceNorthern Territory (Red Centre), Watarrka (King's Canyon) NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)3Height gain (m) Route findingEasy
RouteKings Creek Walk
NotesA short walk into King's Canyon provides an impressive view of the towering sandstone cliffs above.
King's Canyon from end of King's Creek Walk, Kings Creek Walk (T), Watarrka (King's Canyon) NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 21-Apr-03, ah838

   
Knox Gorge Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainLakes / Rivers / Waterfalls, Deserts / Badlands / GorgesDateEarly Apr
Region/PlaceWestern Australia, Pilbara, Karijini NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)4Height gain (m)150Route findingEasy
RouteKnox Gorge Trail
NotesKnox Gorge is one of the most spectacular gorges in the national park, with classic deep-red colours. The gorge narrows to a dramatic slot canyon at the end which requires climbing skills to proceed into Red Gorge.
Descending into Knox Gorge, Knox Gorge Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah695

Knox Gorge, Knox Gorge Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah696

Knox Gorge, Knox Gorge Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah697

Knox Gorge leading to east, Knox Gorge Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah705

Descent into Knox Gorge, Knox Gorge Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah706

Knox Gorge, Knox Gorge Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah709

Knox Gorge, Knox Gorge Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah710

Knox Gorge, Knox Gorge Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah712

Narrow canyon at end of Knox Gorge walk, Knox Gorge Trail (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah715

   
Larapinta Trail (nr Stanley Chasm) Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateLate Apr
Region/PlaceNorthern Territory (West Macdonnells), West Macdonnell NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)6-10Height gain (m)250Route findingModerate
RouteStanley Chasm - few kms along to Jay Creek - Stanley Chasm
NotesStanley Chasm is one of the most impressive narrow gaps in the Macdonnell ranges, with the Larapinta Trail providing an easy route to access the also impressive surrounding steep mountains. A difficult scrambling route is possible up from the narrow valley beyond the chasm to join up with the Larapinta Trail.
Ghost Gum along Larapinta Trail to Jay Creek near Stanley Chasm, Stanley Chasm - few kms along to Jay Creek - Stanley Chasm Section, Larapinta Trail (T), West Macdonnell NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 25-Apr-03, ah866

Flowers along Larapinta Trail, 1km from Stanley Chasm towards Jay Creek, Stanley Chasm - few kms along to Jay Creek - Stanley Chasm Section, Larapinta Trail (T), West Macdonnell NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 25-Apr-03, ah867

Stanley Chasm from along Larapinta Trail, 1km from Stanley Chasm towards Jay Creek, Stanley Chasm - few kms along to Jay Creek - Stanley Chasm Section, Larapinta Trail (T), West Macdonnell NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 25-Apr-03, ah868

 
Mandu Mandu Gorge Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateLate Mar
Region/PlaceWestern Australia, Gascoyne, Cape Range NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)3Height gain (m) Route findingEasy
RouteMandu Mandu Gorge
NotesA dry version of the gorge at Yardie Creek to the south, Mandu Mandu gorge is also very scenic.
Mandu Mandu Gorge, Mandu Mandu Gorge Route Trail (T), Cape Range NP, Gascoyne, Western Australia, Australia, 31-Mar-03, ah686

Walls of Mandu Mandu Gorge, Mandu Mandu Gorge Route Trail (T), Cape Range NP, Gascoyne, Western Australia, Australia, 31-Mar-03, ah688

  
Mt Ohlssen Bagge Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateMid Mar
Region/PlaceSouth Australia, Flinders Ranges NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)6Height gain (m)550Route findingEasy
RouteWilpena Chalet - Mt Ohlssen Bagge - Wilpena Chalet
NotesThis peak provides excellent views of Wilpena Pound and is relatively close to Wilpena Chalet, making an excellent half-day walk
Wilpena Pound ridge to S from Mt Ohlssen Bagge, Wilpena Chalet - Mt Ohlssen Bagge - Wilpena Chalet (T), Flinders Ranges NP, South Australia, Australia, 13-Mar-03, ah600

St Mary's Peak (R) from summit of Mt Ohlssen Bagge, Wilpena Chalet - Mt Ohlssen Bagge - Wilpena Chalet (T), Flinders Ranges NP, South Australia, Australia, 13-Mar-03, ah601

  
Murchison Gorge Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
DaysShortTerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateLate Mar
Region/PlaceWestern Australia, Mid West, Kalbarri NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)2Height gain (m) Route findingEasy
RouteRoss Graham Lookout - Murchison Gorge Trail
NotesA short walk to the bottom of this impressive canyon. It's possible to walk further into the remote canyon.
Murchison River and Gorge from Ross Graham Lookout, Ross Graham Lookout - Murchison Gorge Trail (T), Kalbarri NP, Mid West, Western Australia, Australia, 27-Mar-03, ah662

Murchison River and Gorge, Ross Graham Lookout - Murchison Gorge Trail (T), Kalbarri NP, Mid West, Western Australia, Australia, 27-Mar-03, ah663

Murchison River and Gorge, Ross Graham Lookout - Murchison Gorge Trail (T), Kalbarri NP, Mid West, Western Australia, Australia, 27-Mar-03, ah664

 
Ormiston Pound Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateLate Apr
Region/PlaceNorthern Territory (West Macdonnells), West Macdonnell NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)9Height gain (m)250Route findingEasy
RouteOrmiston Gorge - Heavitree Range - Ormiston Pound Circuit
NotesA classic Central Australian walk along sandy river beds beneath colourful cliffs and higher to dry spinifex plains.
Pool in Ormiston Gorge, Ormiston Gorge - Heavitree Range - Ormiston Pound Circuit (T), West Macdonnell NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 24-Apr-03, ah856

Ormiston Gorge from eastern entrance, Ormiston Gorge - Heavitree Range - Ormiston Pound Circuit (T), West Macdonnell NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 24-Apr-03, ah857

Path through Ormiston Pound leading to south, Ormiston Gorge - Heavitree Range - Ormiston Pound Circuit (T), West Macdonnell NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 24-Apr-03, ah858

Pool in Ormiston Gorge from Ghost Gum lookout, Ormiston Gorge - Heavitree Range - Ormiston Pound Circuit (T), West Macdonnell NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 24-Apr-03, ah859

Oxley Gorge Trail Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateMid Apr
Region/PlaceNew South Wales (North), Oxley Wild Rivers NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)6Height gain (m)400Route findingEasy
RouteChecks Lookout - Gorge Trail
NotesA descent into the deep valley with views of waterfalls from the top and on the way down.
St Mary Peak / Wilpena Pound Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateMid Mar
Region/PlaceSouth Australia, Flinders Ranges NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)23Height gain (m)850Route findingEasy
RouteWilpena Chalet - Outside Track - St Mary Peak - Tanderra Saddle - Cooinda Camp - Wangarra Lookout - Wilpena Chalet
NotesAlthough a fairly long day walk, this route is one of the best in South Australia. The views from St Mary Peak are well worth the detour and the Pound itself has a strangely tranquil feeling.
Ascent to St Mary's Peak on Outside Trail, Wilpena Chalet - Outside Track - St Mary Peak - Tanderra Saddle - Cooinda Camp - Wangarra Lookout - Wilpena Chalet (T), Flinders Ranges NP, South Australia, Australia, 14-Mar-03, ah603

View to north from crest of Wilpena Range nr St Mary's Peak, Wilpena Chalet - Outside Track - St Mary Peak - Tanderra Saddle - Cooinda Camp - Wangarra Lookout - Wilpena Chalet (T), Flinders Ranges NP, South Australia, Australia, 14-Mar-03, ah604

Curving flat plain to NE of St Mary's Peak, Wilpena Chalet - Outside Track - St Mary Peak - Tanderra Saddle - Cooinda Camp - Wangarra Lookout - Wilpena Chalet (T), Flinders Ranges NP, South Australia, Australia, 14-Mar-03, ah605

Boorong Peak from nr St Mary's Peak, Wilpena Chalet - Outside Track - St Mary Peak - Tanderra Saddle - Cooinda Camp - Wangarra Lookout - Wilpena Chalet (T), Flinders Ranges NP, South Australia, Australia, 14-Mar-03, ah606

Edeowie Gorge from nr Malloga Falls, Wilpena Chalet - Outside Track - St Mary Peak - Tanderra Saddle - Cooinda Camp - Wangarra Lookout - Wilpena Chalet (T), Flinders Ranges NP, South Australia, Australia, 14-Mar-03, ah609

Heysen Trail and St Mary's Peak Trail junction in Wilpena Pound, Wilpena Chalet - Outside Track - St Mary Peak - Tanderra Saddle - Cooinda Camp - Wangarra Lookout - Wilpena Chalet (T), Flinders Ranges NP, South Australia, Australia, 14-Mar-03, ah610

Wilpena Pound from Lower Wangarra Lookout, Wilpena Chalet - Outside Track - St Mary Peak - Tanderra Saddle - Cooinda Camp - Wangarra Lookout - Wilpena Chalet (T), Flinders Ranges NP, South Australia, Australia, 14-Mar-03, ah611

 
Stanley Chasm narrows Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
DaysShortTerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateLate Apr
Region/PlaceNorthern Territory (West Macdonnells), West Macdonnell NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)3Height gain (m) Route findingEasy
RouteStanley Chasm narrows trail
NotesA short walk into one of Australia's most impressive chasms. The sun lights up the narrow chasm briefly near midday.
Stanley Chasm first narrows near midday, Stanley Chasm narrows trail (T), West Macdonnell NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 25-Apr-03, ah864

   
Stanley Chasm side gorges Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateLate Apr
Region/PlaceNorthern Territory (West Macdonnells), West Macdonnell NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)5Height gain (m)200Route findingModerate - Difficult
RouteStanley Chasm - Side Gorges beyond trail
NotesInteresting short walks lead up beyond Stanley Chasm, into the narrow canyons and precipitous hillsides. A place for some more adventurous exploration.
Macdonnell Cycad and Ghost Gum in side gorge above the first narrows in Stanley Chasm, Stanley Chasm - Side Gorges beyond trail (T), West Macdonnell NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 25-Apr-03, ah862

Macdonnell Cycad in side gorge above the first narrows in Stanley Chasm, Stanley Chasm - Side Gorges beyond trail (T), West Macdonnell NP, Northern Territory, Australia, 25-Apr-03, ah863

  
The Desert Trail Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateLate Jul
Region/PlaceQueensland (SE - Moreton Bay), Moreton Island NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)8Height gain (m)50Route findingEasy
RouteThe Wrecks - The Desert Trail
NotesOn foot, the Desert is an easy to access sandpatch close the Tangalooma region.
Scribble Gum and Grass Tree along East Beach Track, The Wrecks - The Desert Trail (T), Moreton Island NP, Queensland, Australia, 21-Jul-01, B1017

Beach nr The Wrecks, The Wrecks - The Desert Trail (T), Moreton Island NP, Queensland, Australia, 21-Jul-01, B1021

East Beach Track, The Wrecks - The Desert Trail (T), Moreton Island NP, Queensland, Australia, 21-Jul-01, B1020

Sunset at The Wrecks, The Wrecks - The Desert Trail (T), Moreton Island NP, Queensland, Australia, 21-Jul-01, B1023

Sandboarding at The Desert, The Wrecks - The Desert Trail (T), Moreton Island NP, Queensland, Australia, 21-Jul-01, B1016

Beach nr The Wrecks, The Wrecks - The Desert Trail (T), Moreton Island NP, Queensland, Australia, 21-Jul-01, B1028

  
Trephina Gorge / Chain of the Ponds Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainDeserts / Badlands / GorgesDateLate Apr
Region/PlaceNorthern Territory (East Macdonnells), Trephina Gorge Nature ParkCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)11Height gain (m)150Route findingEasy
RouteTrephina Gorge - John Hayes Rockhole - Chain of the Ponds trail - through Trephina Gorge
NotesA satisfying circuit walk leading up out of Trephina Gorge to the hills above and returning along rock pool and rock ledges.
Trephina Gorge from Western Rim, Trephina Gorge - John Hayes Rockhole - Chain of the Ponds trail - through Trephina Gorge (T), Trephina Gorge Nature Park, Northern Territory, Australia, 26-Apr-03, ah869

Trephina Gorge from Western Rim, Trephina Gorge - John Hayes Rockhole - Chain of the Ponds trail - through Trephina Gorge (T), Trephina Gorge Nature Park, Northern Territory, Australia, 26-Apr-03, ah870

Ghost Gum near Trephina Gorge, Trephina Gorge - John Hayes Rockhole - Chain of the Ponds trail - through Trephina Gorge (T), Trephina Gorge Nature Park, Northern Territory, Australia, 26-Apr-03, ah871

Along Chain of Ponds Walk, Trephina Gorge, Trephina Gorge - John Hayes Rockhole - Chain of the Ponds trail - through Trephina Gorge (T), Trephina Gorge Nature Park, Northern Territory, Australia, 26-Apr-03, ah873

Weano Gorge / Handrail Pool Hiking Walking Trekking Bushwalking Tramping Photos
Days1TerrainLakes / Rivers / Waterfalls, Deserts / Badlands / GorgesDateEarly Apr
Region/PlaceWestern Australia, Pilbara, Karijini NPCountryAustralia  
Dist (kms)5Height gain (m) Route findingEasy
RouteWeano Gorge - Handrail Pool - Start of Magic Mile - Weano Gorge
NotesWeano Gorge leads to the ultimate rock pool at Handrail Pool (the handrail is a welcome addition in clambering down to the pool). It's possible to wade on further along the 'Magic Mile', but the going is difficult and requires some basic climbing skills. Trainers and narrow feet are useful for negotiating the rock ledges further along the 'Mile'. Nearby, Hancock Gorge provides relatively easy access to another beautiful pool, Kermit's pool along polished slot canyons.
Handrail Pool, Weano Gorge, Weano Gorge - Handrail Pool - Start of Magic Mile - Weano Gorge (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah717

Weano Gorge leading down from Handrail Pool, Weano Gorge - Handrail Pool - Start of Magic Mile - Weano Gorge (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah718

Weano Gorge leading to south, Weano Gorge - Handrail Pool - Start of Magic Mile - Weano Gorge (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah719

Weano Gorge road to south, Weano Gorge - Handrail Pool - Start of Magic Mile - Weano Gorge (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 2-Apr-03, ah721

Small waterfall before Kermit's Pool, Weano Gorge, Weano Gorge - Handrail Pool - Start of Magic Mile - Weano Gorge (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 3-Apr-03, ah723

Kermit's Pool, Weano Gorge, Weano Gorge - Handrail Pool - Start of Magic Mile - Weano Gorge (T), Karijini NP, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia, 3-Apr-03, ah724