Big strides made at Karijini
New walking trails in Karijini National Park have been opened to improve access to one of the renowned parks’ most popular attractions as we head into peak tourism season.
Visitors have better access to the popular Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool with the completion of new steel stairs and walkways.
Pilbara Development Commission acting chief executive Terry Hill said the infrastructure would bring more visitors to the Pilbara’s natural attractions.
“The new access stairs and viewing platforms provide improved access to the popular tourist spot, allowing visitors of all ages to admire the park’s only permanent waterfall,” he said.
“The Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint identifies the development of the region’s tourism sector as one of the top three priorities to diversify the economy.
“This is a great boost for Karijini and a good sign of things to come for tourism in the region.”
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the improved access provided high-quality tourism infrastructure in the national park.
“These new stairs and walkways provide a safer and user-friendly path to the bottom of the 100m deep Dales Gorge,” he said.
“This project has delivered a safer walk with stunning views for visitors, with platforms along the walk allowing tourists to stop and take in the beauty of the gorge walls and the falls.
“With the July school holidays approaching, I hope more people will take the opportunity to experience the beauty of this part of Karijini National Park.”
Mr Jacob said the stairs and walkways were designed and prefabricated by staff from the Department of Parks and Wildlife Perth Hills district and assembled on site.