Tristan Mckenzie

KARIJINI

PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

2022

Situated in the heart of The Pilbara region, Western Australia. Karijini is home to some of the most unique and ancient landscapes in the world. Beneath the vast and rugged Hammersley Range is a network of deep gorges where waterfalls, striking blue waterholes and vertical red rock walls are a common sight.

Karijini National Park,Western Australia

7 days, 6 nights

5 Canyons (4 being in part Class 6 Restricted, & Red Gorge being Class 6 Restricted entirely) + Mt Bruce  

Abseiling and Climbing

Paddling and Travelling through the awe inspiring and stunning geology that has been shaped by nature over billions of years

6 Dinners, 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, Morning Tea and Snacks

Complimentary Wine or Beer on the first night

Deluxe Eco Tent with Ensuite (twin share or king bed for couples)

Free Abseil & Climbing Training, and Gear Prep Session in Perth prior to Trip

Post Photo Processing Session back in Perth after Trip

Return Transport: Newman Airport – Karijini Eco Retreat* 

All Transport within Karijini National Park

Flights/Transport to Karijini not included

A land billions of years in the making, captured in 6 days, for you to enjoy for a lifetime. Captured not only as a memory, but also by your camera.
Come with us on a journey of wonder and creativity, deep into the heart of the Pilbara. Delve into the depths of an ancient and majestic landscape of reds, yellows, blues and greens. A landscape of stunning gorges, spring-fed turquoise pools, banded ironstone sculptured by water over time, spinifex, red dust, Melaleuca and Snappy Gums. The contrasts and play of light is a photographer’s dream.
To the Banyjima, Kurrama and Ynnawonga people, this landscape was formed during the Dreamtime, when the Warlu meandered his way across the land. Warlu (pronounced Wah-loo) comes from the Aboriginal dreaming of a giant sea serpent – or Warlu – named Barrimirndi, who emerged from the sea at Coral Bay and carved out subterranea, gorges, rivers, streams and waterholes in a journey to exact revenge on two boys who ate a Gurdarnkurdarn (Mulga parrot), finally coming to rest at Jirndawurrunha (Millstream), and discovering the boys at Nhanggangunha (Deep Reach Pool). It did not end well for the boys.
The gorges of Karijini were formed as part of this meandering. Karijini is the name of the Hamersley Range in the Banyjima language.

We will be traveling as deep as you can go into the gorges of Karijini, rock hopping, climbing, abseiling, water sliding, water jumping, swimming and tubing. Touch rocks over 2 billion years old, spend time immersed in the aura of this ancient landscape and be inspired. The deepest parts of Karijini are classed as ‘Restricted Class 6’, and only accessible with extensive knowledge of the area, and a specific set of roping and canyoning skills. To achieve this, an experienced is guide essential. This not only ensures your safety, but also the safety of your photography equipment. We will take you to the best spots, at the best times of the day and show you the best that Karijini has to offer. Go where not many have ventured, and get shots that not many have taken.

ITINERY

This itinerary may vary slightly depending on environmental circumstances, client needs, park closures and/or road conditions.

As part of this tour and to prepare each participant, a full training in Perth prior to the tour departure is included. During this session, we will learn to abseil, climb and via ferrata, as well as learn proper gear prep for all your photography equipment. This day will be announced once the tour is fully booked.

TOUR ITINERARY

This itinerary may vary slightly depending on environmental circumstances, client needs, park closures and/or road conditions. We will potentially be running 2 groups of maximum 11 pax each, which will cross over. The days below indicate the cross overs.

 

Training Day: Date yet to be announced
Meet at Mountain Quarry, Boya.

Meet your Adventure Crew.

Learn the ropes during a full day of abseiling, and climbing, including a 60m vertical cliff abseil

Learn all about Via Ferrata

This day is fully catered


DAY 1: April 26th 2022

Travel and settle in

Arrive at Newman Airport by 0945 where you will be picked up and driven to the Karijini Eco Retreat (or otherwise make your own way to the Eco Retreat if preferred).

Lunch and swim

Settle-in to your room

Sunset shoot at Joffre

Dinner

Astrophotography at Joffre Gorge


DAY 2 or 3

Knox Gorge

Your first Class 6 Canyon

Early morning to get sunrise at Knox & capture the waterslide in Knox at best light

Travel the entire length of Red Gorge & exit via The Centre of the Earth, The Chute, Regan’s Pool and Kermit’s, Spiderwalk, walk out of Hancock Gorge.

Features of this incredible canyoning experience include a combination of hiking through this stunning gorge, interspersed with floating & paddling our way through numerous stunning pools and waterways along the way.

DAY 2 or 3

Dales Gorge, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Circular Pool

Early morning start for best light at these iconic Karijini locations

Photo Editing session before dinner

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DAY 4 or 5

Weono

Another day of Class 6 Canyoning Adventures!

Early morning start for best light.

Highlights include the via-ferrata along the rock terraces above the aptly named “Jade Pool” with its gorgeous blue-green waters and abseiling down a 45-metre waterfall.

Exit via The Centre of the Earth, The Chute, Regan’s Pool and Kermit’s, Spiderwalk, walk out of Hancock Gorge.


DAY 4 or 5

Non Class 6 Hancock Gorge

Revisiting Regan’s Pool and Kermit’s, Spiderwalk and taking shots back into class 6, capturing these iconic Karijini places from a different angle.

Photo Editing session before dinner

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DAY 6

Joffre Gorge and The Chute, The Centre of the Earth, Regan’s Pool, backtrack

The last of our Class 6 Canyoning days will leave you with many lasting memories and awesome more awesome photos.

Paddle Olympic Pool to the Island. Shoot a waterfall plunging into the depth of Joffre Gorge

Abseil into Regan’s Pool, rope down The Chute into The Centre of the Earth. Revisiting this area will allow for more time to capture this stunning space.

DAY 7

Mt Bruce & Travel Home

Sunrise shoot of Mt Bruce, with hike to the summit and return. Those with drones can get some stunning images from the air!

Lunch and maybe one last swim.

Transport to Newman for flights out.

Nature By Nathan will be offering a Complimentary Post Processing Session at Midland Camera House upon completion of the tour. All tour attendees will be welcome free of charge – Dates will be discussed and organised upon return to Perth.

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

 

Inclusions
6 nights accommodation at the Karijini Eco Resort in Deluxe Eco Tents, based on twin share singles or king bed for couples

Transport between Paraburdoo Airport and Karijini Eco Retreat at specified times.

All meals and snacks from dinner on 18th April 2021 until breakfast on 24th April 2021. All food will be plant based, as locally sourced and organic as possible, with minimal packaging (any non reusable packaging used will be recycled), in line with our efforts to minimise our environmental footprint, and to align with our ethical principles. All meals will be nourishing and plentiful. We will attempt to cater for dietary requirements.

Use of specialist canyoning and safety equipment including harnesses and floatation tubes and hand paddles.

A full day of adventure and learning, abseiling and climbing at Boya Quarry on the 6th March 2021.

2 Experienced and qualified canyon guides to guide you through your Karijini experience.

2 Experienced Photographers to guide you through your Karijini photography experience.

Highly qualified and experienced Karijini canyon guide/s

Exclusions
Flights to and from Paraburdoo

Transport between Paraburdoo Airport and Karijini Eco Retreat for any guests who choose to travel outside of the specified times*

Alcohol, with the exception of a drink on the first night, is available for purchase at guest’s additional cost at the Karijini Eco Retreat. However, guests are encouraged to minimise alcohol intake in order to maximise the benefits of this experience.

Clothing and footwear appropriate for canyoning (a recommended packing list will be provided to all guests after booking)

Camera equipment and protection (recommended equipment and protection will be sent with your booking confirmation)

Accomodation

Deluxe Eco Tents with Ensuites, either twin share or king bed for couples:

​Eco-tent features:
• Own private ensuite bathroom
• Front and rear deck
• Spacious stylish interiors
• Two single beds OR king bed
• Quality bedding and linen (100% cotton sheets/brushed cotton blankets)

Eco-friendly features/Design:
• Minimal power for low wattage applications (Charging camera battery/iPod)
• Solar power
• Grey water treatment
• Natural ventilation (No air-conditioner)
• Floor made from composite timber
• Flow showerheads & spring loaded taps
• Recycled toilet paper
• Use of natural products only

If you wish to upgrade your accommodation and not share, please contact us and we can arrange this for you at a cheaper price than online. This will be subject to extra charges depending on which option you choose and the availability at the time.


PRICING

Super Early Bird: $7,200 per person (must be paid in full before the 1/6/2021)

Early Bird: $7,450 per person (must be paid in full before the 1/10/2021)

​Regular Price: $7,750 per person (a 50% deposit is required with full payment before the 1/1/2022)

THE OTHER STUFF

*Clients need to organise and pay for flights to and from Newman Airport on the dates that the tours start and end. The times of these flights need to line up with the flight that we put our guide/s onto to take advantage of our shuttle to and from the Karijini Eco Retreat.

Flight times may vary due to uncertainty with COVID19 and Qantas flight schedules. 

Current Flight Schedule

Perth – Newman: 26/4/2022, departing 0755

Newman – Perth: 2/5/2022, departing 1855

If you choose to book other flights, you will need to organise your own transport to and from the Karijini Eco Retreat.

If you are booking flights, we strongly advise that you wait to hear from us to ensure that this tour has met minimum numbers and will proceed. We will let you know as soon as possible, and no later than the closing dates for last payments listed above.

If you are driving, this is an AWESOME road trip. We are more than happy to chat to you about fantastic places to visit along the way, and we will see you at the Eco Retreat.

Please note that due to safety concerns surrounding the equipment, time constraints and in consideration for other non smoking guests, there is no smoking within the gorges whilst on our tours. 

This tour, as with all our tours, is subject to our Terms and Conditions.

We genuinely feel we have done our best to keep the price as low as possible and in line, if not below, similar products within WA. We understand that flying to some parts of Asia might be cheaper, but things being set up as they are in WA, internal flights and associated costs are higher.

PAYMENT

In the event of not meeting minimum numbers, we would issue a full refund.

If you have any questions, and/or to make your payment, please call us on
0423 182 663 or email us at info@spacechameleon.com.au

We look forward to hearing from you.