Weano Gorge

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Enter the enchanting chasm of Weano Gorge and follow the winding corridors of striking red rock through two billion years of the Earth’s history to inviting rock pools and waterfalls. A 2-hour flight from Perth will bring you to Paraburdoo or Newman, the closest airports to Karijini National Park, or 15-hours drive from Perth, via the Great Northern Highway.

The 1-kilometre gorge trail can be accessed from Weano car park, near Oxers Lookout, and leads the adventurous through Weano’s magical narrows and over boulders to reach a refreshingly cool dip at Handrail Pool. Join a guided tour to experience the thrill of jumping down waterfalls and scaling the epic rock face at "The Centre of the Earth".

There are also easy walk trails around the top of Weano Gorge. These are a delight after good winter rains, when the colours of spring flowers fill the surrounding plains.

Camping is available 10 kilometres south of Weano Gorge – see Rock wallabies at dawn and dusk, plus some 133 varieties of birds and 92 species of amphibians and reptiles that call Karijini home. Tourists are advised to check for alerts and road/park closures before commencing their travel on www.emergency.wa.gov.au and https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au 


  • Hiking
  • Sight-seeing
  • Photography
  • Picnics


  • Lookouts
  • Walking trails
  • Picnic area with shade shelters
  • 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.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • 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.
  • 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: WA Parks and Wildlife Service

Content credits: WA Parks and Wildlife Service & Aussie Bucket List®

Location & Supplier

Weano Gorge

Address: Weano Gorge, Karijini WA 6751

Website: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/weano-recreation-area

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