Karijini National Park
|Karijini National Park
Looking towards Red Gorge from Oxers lookout
|Nearest town or city||Tom Price|
|Area||6,274.42 km2 (2,422.6 sq mi)|
|Visitation||166,000 (in 2009)|
|Managing authorities||Department of Environment and Conservation (Western Australia)|
|Website||Karijini National Park|
|See also||List of protected areas of
Karijini National Park is a National Park centred in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region in northwestern Western Australia (Australia). It is just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, approximately 1,055 kilometres (656 mi) from the State's capital city, Perth. Formerly known as Hamersley National Park, it was renamed in 1991.
At 627,442 hectares (1,550,440 acres), it is the second largest national park in Western Australia (Karlamilyi National Park is larger).
The park is served by the Solomon Airport, located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) westwards.
A party led by explorer F.T. Gregory explored the area in 1861. He named the Hamersley Range, on which the park is centred, after his friend Edward Hamersley.
The park is located in the Pilbara region, and is mostly tropical semi-arid climate. In summer, thunderstorms and cyclones are common, bringing 250–350 mm of rain annually. Temperatures on summer days frequently exceed 40 degrees Celsius, while winter nights can bring frost.
- Banded iron formation (BIF) - Brockman iron formation 
- Dolomite - Wittenoom dolomite 
- Shale - Mount McRae Shale 
The park is most notable for its four prominent gorges marked by waterfalls and water holes. Klein Crater is not part of the national park but is due south of the national park, just off the Great Northern Highway. 
While it is still fully open to the public, visitors are warned to exercise due caution when walking in and around the vicinity of Yampire Gorge (situated near the northern boundary of the park) due to the presence of asbestos in a number of the rock formations.
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- ABC: Karijini National Park visitor numbers drop, 13 October 2010
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- "Karijini National Park - Beyond The 26th". ABC. Archived from the original on 24 November 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2006.
- Padgett, Allan (1991) Karijini National Park - description of some of the more remote gorges. Landscope, Vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 1991), pp. 16–21
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