Joffre Gorge

1 h 30 min to 2 h

1.2 km

↑ 16 m
↓ -16 m

Very challenging
Starting from the Joffre Gorge car park off Knox Gorge Road, Karijini National Park, this walk takes you past Joffre Lookout, Joffre View, down into the gorge to Joffre Falls and back via the Joffre Lookout, Joffre View and Joffre Waterfall trails. This walk is a great initiation to the gorges of Karijini, taking visitors down into the base of the Joffre Gorge to view the spectacularly carved amphitheatre created by the flowing water of Joffre Falls. You can start this track either from the Karijini Eco Retreat or the Joffre car park. The viewing platform provides great views of the gorge, and if you want to continue to the rock pool downstream, there's a challenging track waiting for you. The track crosses the water near the top of the waterfall. After that, a steep scramble will take you into the gorge. The descent is not for people who are afraid of heights, requiring walkers to negotiate their way down a series of ledges and narrow platforms. Making it down the cliff will definitely be rewarding, but only if you are experienced enough and have proper footwear. Once at the base, make sure you head right and follow the stream to the spectacular natural amphitheatre and swimming hole of Joffre Falls. From there, it's a short but steep climb retracing your steps back to the car park. You may find the climb up less demanding as it's usually easier to take it slow and balance yourself whilst going up. If you'd like to refrain from some risky acrobatic work, you can simply visit the lookout and view the falls and the amphitheatre. The falls are dry for most of the year, so check the forecast and try to visit after some rainfall. Take care in the gorge and leave if it starts to rain as flash flooding can occur. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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