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How To Visit Karijini National Park With Kids

15 May 2015

The Karijini National Park is a surreal spot for anyone visiting the Port Hedland or Pilbara region. When you and the kids are going for a Digital Detox in the Pilbara, there are a few things to be aware of, including spontaneous swims your kids will attempt last minute.

Book accommodation at the Discovery Parks - Port Hedlands for the best Port Hedland experience.

The Right Trail

There are “Classes” associated with each trail that goes through Karijini National Park, so it’s important to be aware of these. When you are hiking with kids, try to stick to Class 2 or 3, or if you have kids that are a bit older and are used to bushwalking, you can try a Class 4. The Gorge Rim and Fortescue Falls area are a good starting point for families. There is an Information bay at the Fortescue Falls carpark.

The Right Clothing

The Karijini National Park is a huge playground for adults and kids alike. Expect to come into contact with waterfalls, creeks, bush trails and rock climbing experiences, and dress accordingly.

Make sure everyone has a hat, sunglasses, proper shoes, and clothing that are easy to move around in, along with a jacket/jumper. Cargo pants might not be a great fashion statement, but they sure are functional. It’s also a really good idea to take a backpack with supplies, which you can find listed below.

The Supplies

Before leaving your Port Hedland or Pilbara accommodation and setting off in the direction of the Karijini National Park, make sure you have everything you might need. Backpacks are always a great idea, whether you are going for 30 minutes or 4 hours, there will always be something you’ll need that is on this list.

Pack your backpacks with:

  1. Lots of water
  2. Snacks like fruit and sandwiches
  3. A first aid kit
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Rubbish bag
  6. Towels – microfibre is the most compact
  7. Swiss army knife
  8. Camera
  9. Maps
  10. Bug repellent


The Back-Up Plan

Sometimes kids just don’t appreciate the effort you’ve put into taking them somewhere beautiful like the Port Hedland or Pilbara region, and they aren’t interested in the family memories you’re trying so hard to create with them. So, hold onto this Scavenger Hunt until you’ve used everything in your inventory to keep them occupied. If you give it to them too early, you risk them completing it in record time and ending up begging you to take them to the nearest internet connection. If you wait too long, you risk them not hearing about the scavenger hunt because of their huge tantrum. It’s all about timing, especially when you’re in the middle of the Karijini National Park, hours from the comfort of a TV.

Go on your Karijini National Park adventure by booking your accommodation at Discovery Parks - Port Hedland in Port Hedland to get your holiday started.

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