Circular Pool

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Go bushwalking at Dales Gorge and Circular Pool – two of the best spots for a picnic at Karijini National Park in Western Australia’s north-west. Two-billion years in the making, Karijini National Park is one of the country’s most spectacular natural attractions offering amazing hiking trails through ancient gorges. In Dales Gorge, a four-kilometre walk trail runs along the bottom of the gorge. Here you can go swimming in the stream, permanent water-pools and beneath waterfalls. Lush green ferns and the occasional gum-tree contrast with the red-terraced cliffs weathered by time.

Give yourself three hours to make the return journey. The two-hour return hike to Circular Pool involves a loose steep descent and then an easy ramble. Here, you’ll find hidden gardens and a clear rock pool. You can see Circular Pool from a lookout on the Gorge Rim Walk. This walk follows the rim of Dales Gorge between Circular Pool Lookout and the beginning of the Fortescue Falls track.

Karijini National Park is a two-hour drive from the town of Newman and is best accessed by joining a four-wheel drive tour. Tourists are advised to check for alerts and road/park closures before commencing their travel on and


  • Bushwalking / hiking
  • Swimming
  • Sight-seeing
  • Photography
  • Picnics


  • Walking trail - 4km | 2 hours | steep
  • Picnic area
  • Camping ground (fees apply)
  • Car park
  • Toilets

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the local visitor information centre for the most up to date information.
  • Stay safe and get the most out of your visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements when outside exploring.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Stay back from cliff edges – they are about 100 metres high, often with loose rocks near the edge.
  • Flash floods can occur – do not enter gorges if there is rain in the area. If it starts raining when you are in a gorge, leave immediately.
  • The water in gorge pools can be extremely cold, especially between April and September; hypothermia can occur. Do not dive or jump into water.
  • During summer, temperatures frequently top 40 degrees Celcius. Carry plenty of water at all times.
  • Dingoes are common around the Dales campground. They may scavenge for food and can be aggressive. Do not feed dingoes, supervise children at all times, walk in groups and store food in your vehicle.
  • Always enjoy waterfalls from trails and marked viewing points. Do not climb over barriers as cliff edges and slippery surfaces may cause injury or death.
  • Only swim where permitted. Don’t jump from cliff edges into water bodies.
  • Swimming near or under waterfalls can be dangerous due to strong currents, submerged hidden rock ledges and other dangers. The force of a waterfall can be incredibly strong and unfortunately, many people have drowned. Follow warning signs and take caution.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • National park fees apply to enter Karijini National Park in Western Australia. Check the parks website for bookings and/ or further details.
  • Entry fees may change at anytime at the discretion of WA Parks and Wildlife Services, check their website for the most up to date information.

Photo credits: Tom Price Visitor Centre & WA Parks and Wildlife Service

Content credits: Tom Price Visitor Centre, WA Parks and Wildlife Service & Aussie Bucket List®

Location & Supplier

Circular Pool

Address: Circular Pool, Dales Rd, Karijini WA 6751


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